Colorado Christian University's first new academic building and first new residential building have been completed, and construction of a new student center is underway. Watch a video "flyover" of the conceptual design for the new campus.
CCU moved to its current location in 1967, situated on Alameda Avenue in Lakewood, Colorado. Over the years, our location has proven to be superb — our students enjoy easy access to the mountains and bring a ready presence to downtown Denver, just minutes away. We’re surrounded by a flourishing city and have been proud to call Lakewood our home for the last 50 years.
Yet while we love our current location, it brings a unique set of challenges.
At the onset of our campus redevelopment campaign in 2012, the Lakewood campus hosted four original structures: the Welcome Center, Student Life building, Campus Ministries building, and the Beckman Center. These buildings were originally houses. Working with modified houses has been a challenge. The infrastructure of a house built in the first part of the 20th century does not fit the needs of a 21st century university. Add to this the fact that other buildings on campus — including the School of Education, the School of Business, the Life Directions Center, and the Cafeteria — are modular spaces, designed to only be in use temporarily, and one can see the need to create first-class classrooms, offices, and meeting places for our students, faculty, and staff.
In addition, we have seen traditional undergraduate enrollment increase by nearly 30% since the start of our campaign; As the only interdenominational Christian college in Colorado and as the flagship Christian university in the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, it’s apparent that our redevelopment is both merited and required.
We’ve chosen to do it in our current location — enjoying the benefits of Lakewood while creating a university that will last another hundred years, and beyond. We believe our city needs us here, our state needs us here, and our world needs people prepared to make a difference for Christ.
As we pursue our strategic objective to become a great university, we know that great universities have buildings that attract top students and faculty, spaces that foster engagement, equipment that supports learning, offices that engender innovation and camaraderie, halls that build unity, and residence halls that offer the comfort necessary for study — and fun.
We want the next chapter of CCU’s story to be about continuing to educate and graduate students who embody our vision: critical and creative thinkers who have led with high ethical and professional standards, embodying the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, and who have impacted the world for His Kingdom.