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founded in 1981, with the idea that excellent design skills

should be complemented by equally strong technical execution and project delivery. Over thirty years later, MOA is synonymous with well-designed projects that are responsive to programs and sensitive to budget constraints. We have 30 employees – including 20 licensed architects and 20 LEED APs – between our offices in Denver, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming. MOA’s expertise includes planning and design for education, office, healthcare, mixed-use and retail, and industrial projects. We’ve successfully completed more than 23 million cumulative square feet of facilities at a total construction cost of more than $1.5 billion.



OA has a histor y of more than 30years of successful educational projects. With this type of experience, the principals and staff of MOA understand the specific needs of educational facility users and the complexities involved in the design of facilities for higher education institutions.

CASPER COLLEGE MUSIC BUILDING Casper College | Casper, Wyoming


OA is currently completing the construction of the 35,000 sf Music Building at the entrance to the Casper College campus.

This new facility will house the Music College in a variety of professional classrooms, faculty rooms and performance venues. The facility is due to be completed with construction in June of 2013. MOA engaged a Design Advisory Group in a collaborative design process in which participants were involved in the building programming and design process. The new Music Building will be a landmark facility at the entrance to the campus.

35,000 TOTAL SF



art of an outreach program by the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Facility provides psychological and substance-abuse treatment to Native American communities across the Western region. State-of-the-art, long-distance diagnostic techniques make top-quality medical care available to remote or underprivileged Indian and Native peoples. The facility’s design is based on the circle, a Native American symbol of connecting all life in balance and harmony, and it incorporates elements of the building traditions of Western US tribes. Winner of 2003 Design of Excellence Award (City of Aurora)

50,000 TOTAL SF

TURNER HALL RENOVATION Un i v e r s i t y o f No r t h e r n Co l o r a d o, G re e l e y, Co l o r a d o


uilt in 1968 and named for UNC professor and controller Glen C. Turner, this was the third residence hall built on west campus and the first high-rise in Greeley. Since no major changes had been made to the building in forty years, the University needed to bring it up to the standard of their new student residence halls. Renovation of the 13-story dormitory includes such updates as new finishes, lighting, and technology improvements. Additionally, natural lighting was increased on the resident floors, a new student lounge will replace the existing Resident Assistant (RA) apartment, and the front desk and lobby have been redesigned to provide better visibility and to better greet students and monitor visitors.

139,796 TOTAL SF



hen Denver Seminary, a graduate theological college of 2,200 students, outgrew the site they had occupied for more than 30 years, they selected MOA to masterplan and design a new educational campus. Giving the college a spacious 20.3 acres, the new site borders the Platte River in suburban Denver. The seven campus buildings designed by MOA include a learning resource center and bookstore, a library, an administration and counseling center, an education center and chapel, and 93 one-, two-, and threebedroom student housing apartments. The campus focuses the three educational buildings on a central landscaped quad which greets students. The land between the campus and the South Platte River is left in a natural state, and is used for quiet interpretation and relaxation.

206,629 TOTAL SF

D E N V E R S E M I N A RY A D M I N I S T R AT I O N & S T U D E N T S E R V I C E S Littleton, Colorado


he Faculty Administration and Counseling Center is designed to house faculty and administrative support offices for Denver Seminary’s new campus. Departmental offices accommodated by the new facility include Finance, Enrollment, Presidential Services, Advancement, and Academics. The Counseling Center is also contained within this building, but designed as a separate entity for patient privacy and confidentiality. Designed in a simple prairie style vernacular, the Administration and Student Services building sets the architectural character for the entire campus. The sandstone in combination with the scripture verse express the values of this institution.

30,520 TOTAL SF



he Student Housing Complex for Denver Seminary is designed to provide convenient quarters within the context of a learning environment.

The complex consists of four separate buildings, each three stories high. Spread among the four buildings are 93 units in a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations. Using a vernacular style inspired by the campus and the agricultural history of the Platte River Corridor, the complex presents a visually interesting face while meeting design guidelines. Each building is surrounded by ample open space and offers courtyards for children’s play, picnics, and other forms of neighborly gathering.

114,650 TOTAL SF

DENVER SEMINARY STUDENT CENTER & LIBRARY Denver Seminar y Campus, Littleton, Colorado


his facility at Denver Seminary brings multiple campus functions together under one roof.

The Student Center acts as the central meeting point on the campus, providing opportunities for meeting, studying, or just catching up. In addition to multiple dining options, the center has gathering spaces inside as well as outside on the plaza. The Carey S. Thomas Library, housing over 80,000 volumes, is accessed directly through the Student Center. With a collection including more than166,000 books and bound periodicals, it is idenfied by the Seminary as the third largest religious library in the world. It provides state-of-theart amenities including computer labs, resource facilities, research facilities, and meeting rooms, as well as the Vernon Grounds Reading Room.

The adjacent bookstore provides a highly visible and centralized location from which students can obtain textbooks, clothing, and other supplies.

34,845 TOTAL SF

N U R S I N G S C H O O L H O S P I TA L S I M U L AT I O N L A B Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado


his project involves the design of a Hospital Simulation Lab for the Nursing School totaling 3,500 square feet of Richardson Hall, one of the original buildings on the Adams State College campus. Existing classroom and administration space will be converted into four simulated hospital patient rooms, each imitating a different mode of care including a neonatal nursery, medical/ surgery, pediatrics, and labor/delivery/recovery/ postpartum (LDRP) rooms. The program also includes a nurse station and associated support spaces in a hospital care environment. The project will also entail the relocation of administrative staff to the third level of the existing building.

3,500 TOTAL SF



apidly growing Adams State College requested a flexible, 30- to 40-year master plan to share with prospective students, the board of trustees, and the Alamosa City Council. With an over-arching goal of unifying disjointed north and south areas, the plan provides direction for improving the campus organization, ensuring that facilities meet the long-term needs of students and faculty, and solidifying a visual identity for the college. Campus entrances will be celebrated and beautified. A tree-lined walkway that graces the south campus will continue through the north portion and end at the stadium, creating a formal “center” to the campus. Separate pedestrian and vehicular routes will be created to enhance safety and traffic flow, and parking will be consolidated near the stadium area and increased. Also proposed is replacing outdated, cramped married student housing with a new community sited along the Rio Grande. A model for university housing, this “green village” will use solar and photovoltaic panels for electricity and hot water, with anticipated excess power being sold back to the grid.



University of Colorado | Boulder, Colorado


he academic program for this room was to transform it into a multi-purpose room to include live performance and recitals, as well as its traditional use as a classroom. The space is immediately adjacent to Grusin Hall, the primary performance theater space in the building. The space needed to be completely sound isolated from Grusin Hall. To accomplish this, the design acted as an acoustical “box within a box.� The space itself was outfitted with sound and acoustical attenuation systems which result in a state of the art performance space within the academic environment of the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

2,050 TOTAL SF

W E S T E R N S TAT E C O L L E G E O F C O LO R A D O D ATA C E N T E R Gunnison, Colorado


OA designed a data center for Western State College to serve the campus while the existing data center building is under


In order to meet immediate need, an abandoned kitchen in Escalante Hall has been reconfigured and renovated to house the data center proper and to provide spaces for system support staff and equipment and UPS equipment. The renovation also includes a new computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit, as well as a new emergency back-up power generator.

1,000 TOTAL SF


ustainable design is not just following established certification checklists, documentation, and proper submissions to obtain certification. It is a comprehensive undertaking requiring knowledge and real concern for both

people and the environment. At MOA ARCHITECTURE, every project design is rooted in a sustainable philosophy that addresses balance, appropriateness, and feasibility. Guided by these principles, we create environments that foster quality of life.

ability In recent years, well over half of our projects are formally submitted for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification at a variety of levels, depending on client goals and objectives. Currently, the firm includes 20 LEED Accredited Professionals as designated by the U.S. Green Building Council through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This enhances accredited staff’s learning, teaching, discovering opportunity for, and delivering sustainable architecture. For clients, this translates to an enhanced ability to realize each project’s potential for sustainability that is ecologically and economically responsible.

We sustain our staff by providing competitive salary and benefits, continuing education, personal and professional development, and opportunity for advancement. We sponsor employees’ public transportation passes, and provide singlestream recycling and composting. All stationery and, whenever possible, all other paper goods, are recycled. Copiers and plotters are located in a separately ventilated space to mitigate their potentially negative environmental effects, and we facilitate meetings and conferences via teleconferencing to help productivity and conserve fuel resources.


Long before the practice was codified, MOA incorporated sustainable features into every project including - as detailed in the next section - our own office, an adaptive reuse of a turn-of-the-century building. As awareness increases and conservation techniques and materials advance, we will continue to press forward with design that reduces consumption of natural resources and strain on the environment.

MOA minimizes consumption of resources and saves time by utilizing the Internet to exchange documentation during all phases of the design and construction process. Participants are required to communicate electronically as much as possible. Submittals, requests for information, clarification and modification documents, routine correspondence, meetings minutes, and similar documents are transmitted electronically and managed on Web-based programs.

O F F I C E C U LT U R E At MOA ARCHITECTURE, we do not simply talk sustainability; we walk that talk daily. Our office space was designed to address many of the established criteria of LEED-CI (Commercial Interiors). We incorporated rapidly renewable and recyclable flooring products, low- and non-VOC paints and coatings, urea-formaldehyde-free and rapidly renewable wood products and furniture, automated lighting controls, generous daylighting, close proximity to public transit including light rail, and other features that create a thoroughly enjoyable work environment for staff and visitors. Yet, we have chosen to take the sustainable culture of our office even further. As a firm, we encourage life and work balance, maintaining a healthy work environment, and promoting eco-intelligent business practices - and our employee-led office task force is constantly developing ideas to improve, in a sustainable way, how we work.

MOA Offices

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Higher Education Designs


Higher Education Designs