The Wolf Law School is prominently sited at the south entrance of the University of Colorado in Boulder and acts as a gateway to the campus. The building was designed to recall and reinforce the distinctive character of the historic Boulder campus. The campus was originally characterized by low-scale, sandstone buildings with tile roofs. Much of this quality was missing in recent campus architecture and the University wanted it restored.
The Law School is constructed of local red sandstone with limestone details and a red tile roof. It is five stories tall and steps back at its upper floors to maintain the scale of the historic campus. It is "L" shaped and orientated around a large courtyard opening to the southwest, providing views of the Flatiron Mountains throughout the building. Benches and shade trees fill the courtyard, making it an informal social space and community center for the School.
The building has courtrooms, classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty offices, a law clinic, a student center, and a law library. Classrooms have wireless networking and video conferencing capabilities for distance-learning. There are internet-based video recording stations and interview rooms as well as digital information kiosks on all floors.
The law library is an integral part of the Law School, easily accessible from classrooms and faculty offices. It is the regional archive for the United States government, making it the most complete law library in Colorado.
The Law School has received a LEED Gold Rating from the U. S. Green Building Council.
Centerbrook is the Design Architect. Davis Partnership Architects of Denver is the Architect of Record.
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