Led by:

David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor, Institutional Partnerships

JB Holston, Dean, the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

The Denver metro region is dynamic, breathtaking and culturally diverse. The University should be a gateway for our community to experience our city, state and even our world. To that end, we will provide our students, faculty, staff and neighbors with a vibrant district, engaging events and innovative entrepreneurial opportunities. 


Working Groups

DU District

David Greenberg

Vice Chancellor, Institutional Partnerships

Fatima Rezaie

Administrative Liaison, Institutional Partnerships

Mark Rodgers

University Architect

James Rosner

Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management

Michelle Stachnik

Administrative Assistant, Facilities Management

In May, we took another step toward realizing our vision for a vibrant campus that serves the needs—and wishes—of our entire community.

Over the past year, we’ve consulted with over 1,000 individuals—here at DU and beyond. Based on feedback and after thoughtful planning, we are thrilled to reveal our Denver Advantage Campus Framework Plan.

This campus plan is a long-term, flexible framework that explores ways DU can evolve over the years and decades ahead. It is the next step in fulfilling the Denver Advantage: a campus designed to fuel the collaborations and relationships proven to help students succeed, now and throughout their lives.

The first step was taken in May 2017, when we announced three new buildings that will transform the student experience at the University of Denver. Construction on those critical projects begins this summer, with the brand-new Community Commons, first-year residence hall and Pioneer Career Achievement Center set to open in Fall 2020.

With the help of architecture and planning firm, Ayers Saint Gross, the larger Campus Framework incorporates the findings of an array of experts in sustainability, mobility, space analytics and real estate economics, as well as the needs and aspirations of our community. The ASG team began monthly campus visits in March 2017 and hosted workshops throughout the 2017-2018 academic year involving faculty, staff, students, neighbors and the greater Denver community.

With the Denver Advantage and the Campus Framework Plan, we’re envisioning DU’s future as a vibrant college town in the heart of our growing, ever more dynamic city. We want to see our beautiful 125-acre campus become more active. We want to see its retail, hospitality and restaurant options more abundant, its bikeways and pedestrian infrastructure safer and more robust. We want our signage to be more welcoming and our parking more visitor friendly. We want our future development to be even more sustainable, and we want to find ways to make more affordable housing options available to our students, faculty and staff.

Some of these goals can be realized within the next year. Others are long-term projects that will require partnerships, donors and thorough due diligence. And, as with any such framework, it will adapt over time.

The University of Denver began as a small community of scholars in the Rocky Mountain West and transformed itself into a global institution.

Thank you to the below teams for all of their hard work and dedication!

Advisory Council:

  • David Corsun, Director, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
  • David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Partnerships
  • Kendra Ingram, Executive Director, Newman Center
  • Barbara Jackson, Director, Real Estate and Construction Management
  • Marty Katz, Senior Advisor on Academic Innovation
  • Valerie Kerns, Senior Aide to Paul Kashmann, Denver City Council, District 6
  • Chad King, Director, Sustainability Center
  • Joelle Martinez, Executive Director, Latino Leadership Institute
  • Laleh Mehran, Professor, School of Art and Art History
  • Mark Rodgers, University Architect
  • Lili Rodriguez, Vice Chancellor of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence
  • James Rosner, Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management
  • Allan Wilson, Director, Auxiliaries- Real Estate, Facilities Management

Executive Committee:

  • Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor
  • Paul Chan, Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs and General Counsel
  • David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Partnerships
  • Gregg Kvistad, Provost
  • Lili Rodriguez, Vice Chancellor of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence
  • Craig Woody, Vice Chancellor of Business and Financial Affairs


Last Updated: 5/31/18

Project X-ITE

Martin Katz

Executive Director, Project X-ITE

Matthew Rutherford

Faculty Director, Project X-ITE

Nina Sharma

Managing Director, Project X-ITE

Project X-ITE seeks to ignite an innovation mindset at DU. This cross-disciplinary collaboration between our schools of business, engineering and computer science, law, and social work supports innovation and entrepreneurship among our students and faculty, while connecting the university and community partners around projects, mentoring, and events.

X = Cross-Disciplinary

I = Innovation

T = Technology

E = Entrepreneurship

Project X-ITE students are busy creating: building startups, launching ideas, and finding teams to bring their visions to life. X-ITE helps students and their businesses succeed by providing resources such as the X-Lab, a hub in Margery Reed Hall where students have a dedicated co-working space; guidance and coaching; access to the Innovation Floor, including 3D printers, a wood shop, photo equipment, and more; and community connections. Check out our students’ amazing startups here.

X-ITE hosts an annual 10-week summer accelerator program, Pioneering Summer, that helps student startups take their company to the next level. From June through August students intern, while refining and growing their startups alongside X-ITE curated mentors. Students receive guidance and candid feedback from experts, entrepreneurial founders, and business leaders within Colorado’s innovation ecosystem. To learn more, listen to past participants Wanderlift and PocketChange on the X-ITE podcast!

Project X-ITE also offers interdisciplinary events for DU Students, Alumni, and the Denver Community. For example, in partnership with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Project X-ITE launched the inaugural Colorado Solutions Summit. The Summit is designed to support Colorado-based social impact startups through workshops and mentor sessions while connecting our community to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Past Summit entrepreneurs include Boogaloo Beds, SilvernestHippo Health, and more.

To learn more about Project X-ITE’s programs, and to sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit our website.

Last Updated: 5/30/18

DU as an Open Door to Engagement & Vitality

Last year, the Open Door to Engagement and Vitality working group really helped the university think through how DU could serve as an open door to our local community. Specifically, this group helped illuminate the many challenges of event planning on campus, recognizing the need for an increase in coordination and collaboration. Their findings and recommendations are being considered in order to find the best solution.

Additionally, from October 2015 to November 2016, the Hill Group in consultation with the Conferences and Events Services office and members of the university community, developed a report on the most effective and efficient approaches to event planning and management to best serve internal and external stakeholders and maximize impact on the University of Denver’s mission. While the report detailed several recommendations, as a first step, we are working to ensure that DU events are scheduled through 25Live in order to house campus events in a single system. This will help streamline processes, such as parking and space usage to avoid potential event conflicts. 25Live will then enhance the development of a campus master calendar. Conference and Event Services is in the process of hiring a 25Live university coordinator who will reside in the CES unit.

Moving forward, many of the initiatives within DU IMPACT 2025 that detail our commitment to being an open door are now housed within the Collaboration for the Public Good cluster and the DU District working group, as well as other offices around campus, such as Marketing and Communications and Conferences and Events Services.

Last Updated: 4/16/18