Matrix prepared an infrastructure master plan for the Auraria Higher Education Campus (AHEC), which comprises the Community College of Denver (CCD), Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD), and University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver).  The plan encompassed the full infrastructure elements and cost estimates necessary to supply the future anticipated growth related to the Auraria Campus Master Plan.

Matrix evaluated the adequacy of the existing storm, sanitary, and water infrastructure. The AHEC Campus Infrastructure Master Plan investigated and reviewed the system infrastructure to determine the extent of near and long term capacity issues and infrastructure relocation issues regarding the accommodation of future building sites as detailed in the Campus Building Layout Master Plan. 

STORM: The existing storm sewer network of 6.5 miles of underground pipe infrastructure is extensive within the AHEC campus. In addition, there are at least 21 stormwater detention/water quality ponds throughout the campus. There are three main flood hazard sources affecting the AHEC campus: South Platte River, Cherry Creek, and the tributary basin itself. A large portion of the campus is currently within the mapped South Platte River 100-year floodplain. However, the South Platte River floodplain will be confined to the channel corridor after completion of the South Platte River Zuni/Sun Valley Restoration project designed by Matrix, which will remove Auraria from the regulatory floodplain.

The study identified existing stormwater capacity limitations within the Auraria Campus; future stormwater capacity needs based on the development; and capacity upgrades necessary to allow for future development. Regional solutions were explored for the campus area, and stormwater was recommended to be managed in ways that are sustainable and will not result in large unusable areas. 

SANITARY: The sanitary sewer system was analyzed using a GIS-based program developed by Matrix Design Group for the City & County of Denver to identify existing sanitary sewer line capacity, condition, and performance within the campus. The program also assessed future sewer line capacity needs based on the build out of the campus; identified missing segments within the existing sewer system required for future development; and addressed capacity upgrades necessary to allow for future development. The study identified the amount and location of development that could occur without additional sanitary sewer improvements.  The study recommends multiple sanitary sewer projects aimed at alleviating possible capacity limitations, structural failings, or existing sanitary sewer location conflicts with proposed buildings.

WATER: The campus contains approximately 5.2 miles of water mains. The public water system infrastructure was evaluated based on four criteria: near-term capacity, long-term capacity, condition, and relocation (each was assessed in relation to the accommodation of future building sites). Approximately 54% (14,716 lineal feet) of the existing pipes are proposed to be improved over the next 20 years at a cost of approximately $5.1M.

Services included:

  • Hydrologic Modeling and Analysis
  • Hydraulic Modeling and Analysis
  • Watershed Planning
  • Stormwater Infrastructure Design
  • Infrastructure Assessment and  Master Planning
  • Cost Estimating