Case Study: Brighton Learning & Resource Campus

an award-winning adaptive re-use development in central Brighton, Colorado.

  • Awards: 3
  • Clients: Multiple
  • Project Type: Adaptive Re-use

A Model Adaptive Re-Use Project

The Brighton Learning & Resource Campus is an award-winning adaptive re-use development in central Brighton, Colorado. Bringing together the resources and commitment of government, educational and non-profit agencies, the City of Brighton and Community Reach Center partnered to turn a vacant hospital complex into a much-needed lifelong-learning hub and health services center.



2009 1st Place Excellence in Construction Awards, National and Colorado Chapter

Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Colorado, recognizing outstanding construction projects in the nation.


2008 NAIOP Achievement Award, Special Development

Recognizing the “best of the best” in development and brokerage in Metro Denver.


2008 Project of the Year Award, Special Project

Chosen by experts in the Colorado Commercial real estate, design, and construction industries – awarded by the Burns School of Construction and Design Management at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and the Denver Metro Commercial Association of Realtors.

The Campus includes the former 75,000 square foot (“SF”) Hospital Building, and an adjacent 22,000 SF Medical Office Building purchased separately by Salud Family Health Centers. The two buildings, located on a site of 7.637 acres, house organizations providing much-needed health and education resources to the community in a centralized location, including:



Front Range Community College


Colorado State University


School District 27J Project Lead the Way


School District 27J Preschool


Adams County Head Start


Community Reach Center


Salud Family Health Center

Front Range Community College

In your many roles representing the building’s buyer and as the project construction manager, you also took very good care of our needs as a tenant – hearing our concerns and finding the most workable, cost-effective solutions.

Glenn Good, Ph.D.

Dean of Instruction, Front Range Community College

Brighton Urban Renewal Authority

Thank you for the skill and diligence you demonstrated in your variety of roles, not only on behalf of your client, but for the interests of all of us involved. I truly valued your professional brokerage and construction management contributions to this project…

Jac Cuney

Assistant Executive Director, Brighton Urban Renewal Authority

Quick Timeline

This multi-faceted project involved redeveloping a 75,000 SF former hospital into the Brighton Learning and Resource Campus – in less than twelve months, the facility was reborn through a $7.0 million effort that included an extensive redesign and a complete remodel.

The development’s swift transformation belies a complex process that included:

A Complex Process


Securing five subtenants


Complete construction design and remodeling


Utilizing LEED-like practices to reduce energy consumption and construction waste


Obtaining funding from six sources:

  • The State of Colorado
  • City of Brighton
  • Adams County
  • Brighton School District 27J
  • Community Reach Center Foundation
  • Front Range Community College

A Model of Collaborative Effort

The success of this project is the result of a high level of collaboration and communication between re-development partners and its experienced team in brokerage, design and construction. Through two in-depth RFP processes, BurkettDesign was selected as the Project Architect, and Pinkard Construction as the Project General Contractor. The ease of flow throughout the BLC building is testament to Burkett’s design skill, and the speed and quality of the finished construction demonstrate Pinkard’s skill and commitment to quality.

Complex Brokerage and Project Management

As the Buyer’s Agent for Community Reach Center, Guidance Corporate Realty Advisors additionally acted as Project Consultant and Construction Project Manager to meld the diverse needs of the owners and subtenants of both the Brighton Learning and Resource Campus and the Medical Office Building. With the project having gained some initial traction from the City of Brighton’s vision to create a lifelong learning center, lead broker, Norm DeHart, likened the full-on start of the redevelopment to parachuting onto a moving freight train.

Our Role

Guidance Corporate Realty Advisors was called on to perform numerous key roles in the project as real estate consultant, Owner’s Representative and Project Manager. We developed creative solutions and helped put together a team that brought this fast-track project in under-budget and on-time.

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