Published: Jan. 16, 2017

Students searching for a space to study alone or in groups now have a new option: Four offices in the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building have been converted to shared student space. The open area joins Rooms 111 and 115, on the first floor of the west side of the building.

The College of Arts and Sciences undertook the renovation to offer students a common place to convene, study and share ideas. The project emerged to address the student concern, formally documented in a space-assessment analysis by the Huron Consulting Group in 2015, that the University of Colorado Boulder lacks shared student space on campus.   

Previously, Hellems had no space for undergraduate students in English, history, linguistics and philosophy to meet, work and collaborate.

Previously, Hellems had no space for undergraduate students in English, history, linguistics and philosophy to meet, work and collaborate. The design of the new room thus aimed to create a shared student space and foster camaraderie for students, particularly those whose departments are headquartered in Hellems.

The space originally housed two classrooms when Hellems was built in 1921. In the 1980s it was subdivided into four offices. The latest project removed all of these partitions, creating a broad space with ample natural light from the bank of windows on the west wall. Architects left the original chalk boards “as a nod to the original concept of the space.”

The shared space’s furniture offers multiple, flexible seating arrangements, so students can meet in relatively large groups, sit in deep seating for a longer study session, or perch at one of the high tables for a few minutes between classes.

The college plans to add a Buff OneCard reader to one of the doors so the space can remain accessible to students (and students only) after hours for prolonged study sessions.   

Click here to see a layout of the shared student space.