Wolf Law Building

The Wolf Law Building is prominently sited at the south entrance of the University of Colorado Boulder and acts as a gateway to the campus. The building was designed to recall and reinforce the distinctive character of the historic campus.

The campus was originally characterized by low-scale, sandstone buildings with tile roofs. Much of this quality was missing in recent campus architecture and the university wanted it restored.


University of Colorado Boulder

Location Boulder, CO
Size 182,390 Sq. Ft.
Features LEED
Program courtrooms, classrooms, seminar rooms, offices, law clinic, student center, library
Year Completed 2006
Photo Credit Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Wolf is constructed of local red sandstone with limestone details and a red tile roof. It is five stories tall and steps back at its upper floors to maintain the scale of the historic campus. It is "L" shaped and orientated around a large courtyard opening to the southwest, providing views of the Flatiron Mountains throughout the building. Benches and shade trees fill the courtyard, making it an informal social space and community center for the School.

The building has courtrooms, classrooms, seminar rooms, faculty offices, a law clinic, a student center, and a law library. Classrooms have wireless networking and video conferencing capabilities for distance-learning. There are internet-based video recording stations and interview rooms as well as digital information kiosks on all floors.

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The law library is an integral part of the law school, easily accessible from classrooms and faculty offices. It is the regional archive for the United States government, making it the most complete law library in Colorado.

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Centerbrook was the design architect with Davis Partnership Architects of Denver the architect of record. Centerbrook and Davis also collaborated on the Center for Community at CU Boulder.

Center for Community (foreground) and Wolf Law School (middle)

Center for Community (foreground) and Wolf Law School (middle)