University of Colorado Health

Steadman Hawkins Clinic

Enabling world-class sports medicine and orthopedic care.

Designed to boost performance through sports medicine innovation and holistic care, the new, four-story University of Colorado Health (UCHealth) Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver provides advanced orthopedic and physical rehabilitation services in a highly patient-focused environment.

The facility includes an orthopedic clinic, advanced MRI and radiology imaging, surgery services with six operating rooms, and human motion analytics technology for optimized performance and injury prevention.

Providing premier physical/occupational therapy services, the clinic also includes a state-of-the-art sports performance training center with an outdoor turf and practice field featuring a sports-focused exterior lighting system.

Emphasizing building performance, AEI provided mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing, fire protection, instrumentation and controls, and technology engineering services. AEI's in-house architectural studio, Pivotal Lighting Design, provided lighting design services.


Inverness, CO


  • BSA LifeStructures - Architect of Record

Building Size

150,000 square feet


  • 2020 Best Project Merit Award, ENR Mountain States
  • 2019 BEST Award: Give, IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter

An outdoor turf and practice field featuring sports-focused exterior lighting provides an enhanced environment for physical therapy services.

Providing state-of-the-art clinical spaces that optimize occupant comfort and elevate employee experience was a core project goal.

Optimized Patient Experience

With a focus on mobility, spaces and clinic programming are organized based on the patient journey for increased accessibility and navigation throughout the facility.

A double-height lobby and floor-to-ceiling glass windows enhance visibility, transparency, and exterior views, promoting connections while allowing natural daylight to penetrate deep into the building.

A double-height lobby with views to the outdoor practice field and human-focused lighting enhances overall user experience.

The clinic incorporates the latest technology and equipment with both indoor and outdoor turf spaces.

High-Performance Engineering

Engineered systems include an on-site diesel generator, dual fuel boilers, and an air-cooled chiller plant serving the facility’s custom air handling units. The three-story, net-zero parking deck incorporates rooftop photovoltaic arrays to support on-site renewable power generation.

With an emphasis on high-performance building operations, the Steadman Hawkins Clinic facility design embodies the larger UCHealth mission — providing world-class sports medicine services, inspiring athletes and patients alike to achieve their maximum potential.

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