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Braiden Hall, 1963-

A view of the exterior of Braiden Hall, a three-story building with wings jutting out at slight angles from the center. A glassed in stairway at the end of one wing is visible.

Braiden Hall, 1963

From CSU's Sense of Place:  A Campus History of Colorado's Land-Grant University, by James E. Hansen, Gordon A. Hazard, and Linda M. Meyer.  Fort Collins, CO:  Colorado State University, 2018.

Architects – James M. Hunter and Associates, Architecture Plus, P.C. of Fort Collins (2010 Dining Center renovation), 4240 Architecture, Inc. of Denver (2013 renovation and addition)

Builder - Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley (original), Dohn Construction Incorporated (2010 Dining Center renovation and 2012 addition and renovation or residential space)

1101 Braiden Drive

Working with architect James M. Hunter, planning for this new residence hall started in late 1959.  In February 1960, the name of Braiden Hall was approved by the State Board of Agriculture. By October 1962, this new residence hall just east of Aylesworth Hall was under construction by the Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley and scheduled for opening in the fall of 1963.  Although it was originally used as a single-gender hall for men, it had been designed with the idea that someday it would house both genders.  At the start of the fall quarter of 1963, Braiden Hall was opened.  Looking very much like Parmalee Hall, it became the second residence hall to have “suite-style rooms” with two rooms each having a sink and vanity while sharing a shower and toilet.

Like other residence halls, it was designed to house 400 students. Named for Wade G. Braiden, this was the second building to have that name.  The first “Braiden Hall” was renamed the “Student Services Building” in 1963 when this building opened.  In the fall of 1969, Braiden Hall became a mixed-gender hall.  In 1978, four rooms were remodeled to better provide access for different abilities.  Fresh paint and a new carpet were installed throughout the building during the summer of 1992.

Using the design of Architecture Plus, P. C. of Fort Collins and beginning in the summer of 2009, the Braiden Hall Dining Center was enlarged and modernized.  The work was completed in April 2010 by Dohn Construction Incorporated.  Dohn Construction returned in June 2012 to build an additional floor to each residential wing. The existing space was modernized both inside and outside with a design by 4240 Architecture Inc. of Denver, with new windows and red brick siding.  Solar panels were added to the roof of much of the building. The modernized and enlarged Braiden Hall reopened to 500 residents for the fall of 2013.

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