DMNS Lobby

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

  • Education and Collections Facility (ECF)
  • Denver, CO
  • 2010 - present


Now under construction, the ECF is a significant expansion of the capacity of the Museum to support informal science learning, improve collections care and access, accommodate learners of all ages, and host the largest travelling exhibits to draw new audiences and enhance revenue.


Through interactive workshops, planning and design solutions were developed working backwards from a fixed budget to create:

  • The Forum, a  group entrance with common area doubling as event space surrounded by learning labs
  • Collections care and storage uniting collections from 48 locations into state of the art facilities
  • Early Learner’s Lab serving a growing pre-K audience
  • The largest travelling exhibit space in the region

The LEED Platinum goals informed planning implications of how the building is organized and used to improve passive energy reduction outcomes.


The planning/design ‘stacking’ solution expresses the connections of discovery and dissemination:  Lower Level: Foundation of knowledge – collections and research; Ground Floor: Entrance to facilitated learning – education forum and labs; Second Floor:  Self – directed – early learners;   Upper Floor:  Didactic learning  – exhibits.

Walt Crimm, Principal/Planner, EwingCole