Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes / Anderson Mason Dale Architects

© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.

The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes is an outpatient clinic and research facility for children, adults and families with type I diabetes. The center is located in the very heart of the new university health sciences campus, facing the campus’ central arrival green. An historic Army hospital is the organizing structure and primary precedent for all new projects on this new campus.

Architect: Anderson Mason Dale Architects
Location: University of Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, 1775 N. Ursula Street, Aurora, ,
Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Company
Clinical Planning: Buscaj Andrews Architecture and Design
Landscape Architect: Wenk Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineer: S.A. Miro, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Martin/Martin, Inc.
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: BCER Engineering, Inc.
Cost Estimating: Pre-Construction Services, Inc.
Laboratory Consultant: Research Facilities Design, Inc.
Furniture: Gallun Snow Associates, Inc.
Project Area: 110,000 sqf
Project Year: 2005
Photography: Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.

© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.

The building’s parti recognizes the importance of public space in the building relative to the order of the campus. A generous story gallery welcomes patients and researchers. Building massing and facades recognize the fundamental program elements of clinical space on the lower two levels, research labs on the upper two, and collaborative office suits on each end. The public facade of the Center consists of the warmth of the patient gallery, the relationship of the new center to the historic army hospital, and the iconic playfulness of a children’s playroom.

© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.

The masonry, limestone and metal exterior is consistent with the campus palette of materials. The interior public spaces are finished in warm birch, which glow in the morning eastern sunshine. The charcoal slate of the floors provides a striking contrast to the light walls.

© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.

A significant goal of the design of the new Center was to have an iconic image that spoke to children, to the importance of the work of the facility, and to relate to the new and growing university campus.

© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.
© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.
© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.
© Frank Ooms Photography, Inc.

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Cite: "Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes / Anderson Mason Dale Architects" 17 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • MW

    Please, let’s not let ArchDaily be devoted to banal corporate architecture such as this. Aside from the laudable program, I see nothing of real interest in this project. Boring, everything beige, difficult to find even an interesting detail.

  • skrilax

    yep, i agree – thousands of such building one can see across europe. it’s probably a good architecture craft,but still, it’s nothing more than just craft

  • Haroon Rashad

    Thank you ..
    Why the project plans your children with diabetes do not exist I hope to add interest permeated