Hyder Construction Starts DU’s Margery Reed Hall Renovation
February 7, 2013
Hyder Construction has broken ground on University of Denver’s Margery Reed Hall renovation. Most recently used as office space for the University, the work includes a complete interior demolition and remodel of the 35,000 square-foot building along with various exterior restoration and added landscaping elements. Interior renovations and space reallocation will accommodate classrooms and offices for the Daniels College of Business.
The highlight of the project is a new presentation hall, a remodel of the old theater that includes high-end lighting fixtures, wired stadium seating, and protection of historic murals. Portions of the old theater stage, built in 1929, will be restored to their original configuration, which will require constant vibration monitoring of the structure during construction.
Margery Reed herself died shortly after returning from Peru, most likely of a disease she contracted there, in May of 1925. To commemorate her, Margery’s mother, Mary Reed, donated funds to build Margery Reed Hall, which until recently served as home to DU’s theater department. There are even rumors that the building is haunted.
Construction for this project, designed by SLATERPAULL Architects, is scheduled to be complete in early 2014. This is Hyder’s 6th project for the University.