Nagel Hall was completed in August 2008 on the University of Denver campus in Denver, Colorado. There was a groundbreaking on February 6, 2007, on the future site. Chancellor Robert Coombe, Board of Trustees Chair Joy Burns, and donors Ralph and Trish Nagel spoke. The dedication ceremony was on August 21, 2008, at which Chancellor Robert Coombe made a speech. Students moved in September 2008. Nagel Hall was constructed to expand student housing and to try to keep upperclassman living on campus. Currently, about 85% of juniors and 90% of seniors live off campus.
Nagel Hall is 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) and five stories and has 356 rooms. This LEED certified building has air conditioning, carpeted bedrooms, and high-speed Internet connections in all the bedrooms. There are laundry facilities and 24-hour front desk personnel. There are lounges and study rooms on each floor, including a building game room. Sophomore suites include two double bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom for four students and are found on the first three floors of Nagel Hall. Each bedroom has a mini refrigerator/freezer/microwave. The fourth and fifth floors has apartment style suites for upperclassman. There are 212 beds for sophomores, 138 apartments for juniors and seniors, and 19 beds for residential assistants and staff. Apartments for upperclassman include private living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. There are local telephone service connection and cable television connections in each room. There is card-access entry to the building, suites and bedrooms and Nagel Hall is a smoke-free facility. See floor plans here.
Nagel Hall was completed after nineteen months of construction by GH Phillips Company. The University of Denver Office of the University Architect, Mark Rodgers, in conjunction with H+L Architecture Denver worked together on the project. Contracted by Gerald H. Phipps INC. and masonry work by Soderberg Masonry, Inc. Nagel Hall is built out of brick and copper in the style of collegiate Gothic architecture that has been used for many buildings on campus including the model Margery Reed Hall, built in 1920. Click here for a construction video.
Nagel Hall is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified with a Gold rating. Robert Coombe signed a commitment to minimize greenhouse emissions at the University in June 2007. Environmentally friendly features include copper roofing, low water-use faucets, dual flush toilets, and energy efficient heating and cooling system. Sturm College of Law on the University of Denver campus was among the first law schools in the U.S. to be LEED certified.
Nagel Hall also has a food-court style dining including a Starbucks, Salsa Rico, Cucina Rustica, and The Rotisserie. Dining options include Mexican food, pizza, salads, rotisserie chicken, coffee, and ice cream sandwiches. University of Denver students can use a meal plan swipe to get a variety of meal options and variations are offered with meal plan cash. The food and service are through Sodexo, who provides food for the entire school's dining halls and other dining options. There is also an organic option for students, including teas, sushi, Greek yogurt, and fruit.
Honoring Construction Workers
Since the 1999 construction of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center, new buildings on the DU campus have been carving the names of construction workers into the buildings they worked on, including the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Performing Arts in 2003 and Nagel Hall in 2008. These names are in alphabetical order to pay homage to the workers and is located under in the covered area just outside Nagel Hall. The names were put into a computer program that turned names into a plastic “resist” pattern and then sandblasted onto the wall.
Ralph and Trish Nagel
DU board of the trustee’s Ralph and Trish Nagel donated $4 million to the Nagel Hall project who’s total cost was $37.8 million. Ralph Nagel entered the workforce as an architect and has since invested in commercial real estate, student housing, and self-storage centers. Nagel and his wife Trish founded the Meridian Retirement Communities in 1984 to ING, before selling it in 2005 for $240 million. Nagel is also an accomplished artist and he contributed his own works of art to be on display in Nagel Hall. Also, at his request, there is a residential room with studio space for an artist-in-residence program that is being developed in cooperation with the School of Art and Art History. Nagel also supported the recent construction of the Art Annex, as well as investing in many different Denver projects.
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