As a foray into the Higher Education and Science and Technology communities, Perkins+Will’s Denver studio is proud to announce the addition of Christopher Kleingartner, who will help lead the firm’s emerging local Science and Technology practice. Kleingartner’s onboarding comes alongside the firm’s recent project win of the Colorado School of Mines Subsurface Frontiers Building.

Christopher Kleingartner, AIA, LEED AP, is a Senior Associate Architect with over 19 years of experience within the Science and Technology field. His distinguished resume includes a wide range of national projects in the Science and Technology, Higher Education, Healthcare and Corporate practice areas. His notable work can be seen at premier Higher Education institutions such as The University of Colorado - Boulder, UC Health, Colorado School of Mines, and The University of Colorado - Colorado Springs; in addition to a significant list of national academic, corporate and federal research environments. Christopher brings an interdisciplinary design approach to his new role with the goal to grow Perkins+Will’s Denver practice beyond its renowned Sports, Recreation and Entertainment expertise and into the regional Science and Technology sector.

The new Colorado School of Mines Subsurface Frontiers Building will support the collaboration between The Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). As inter-agency research programs have evolved, both institutions have expressed the desire to be co-located. By partnering on this new, interdisciplinary research facility, the academic and research-focused building will support the mission of both Mines and USGS — to revolutionize Earth Science in the 21st century — and to serve as the home for both organizations’ mineral exploration and subsurface mineral economics programs. Perkins+Will has been commissioned to develop a design that ensures the relocation and shared space will provide unique national resources that encourage collaborative efforts in the application of geoscience to solve real-world problems. These include fostering the discovery of sustainable sources of energy, an expansion of potential mineral supplies, and strategies to balance energy, water, and climate for a more sustainable future.

With a consistent ranking in the Top 10 “Science and Technology Architecture Firms” by Building Design & Construction magazine, Perkins+Will has designed more than 50 million square feet of science facilities over the last 10 years. Projects range from a 1,000-square-foot laboratory fit-out to a multi-million-square-foot science city. Perkins+Will has received more than 40 national awards for design excellence and has been continuously recognized for innovation in science and research facility planning with 14 ‘Lab of the Year’ awards from R&D magazine, more than any other firm. The addition of Christopher allows Perkins+Will to better serve our clients and share our global expertise for innovative design in this developing industry in Colorado, and beyond.