Aurora’s Fitzsimons key component of Colorado’s bioscience industry
The Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Life Science District redevelopment project consists of one square mile undergoing a $5.2 billion transformation at the intersection of I-225 and Colfax Avenue in the heart of Aurora.
The site, which currently employees more than 21,000, is the home the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; the University of Colorado Hospital; Children’s Hospital Colorado; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital that is currently under construction; and several other centers for health care, biomedical research and workforce development. The site contributes $4.5 billion annually to the state.
According to a study done by Sammons/Dutton LLC, the Anschutz/Fitzsimons site at full development will consist of approximately 18.5 million square feet, employ nearly 44,600 people (direct jobs) and contribute $4.3 billion in personal annual income and generate $11.5 billion in total economic output annually.
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. On a campus designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, students learn alongside faculty members who also provide expert clinical care to patients and make meaningful medical discoveries. Schools and colleges include: School of Dental Medicine; School of Medicine; College of Nursing; Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Colorado School of Public Health; and Graduate School.
The Anschutz Medical Campus stands as a model across the nation for a successful redevelopment of a decommissioned military base. The campus consists of 10 million square feet, contributes $2.4 billion to the economy and serves more than 1.5 million patients annually.
University of Colorado Hospital
Top medical professionals, superior medicine and progressive change make University of Colorado Hospital one of the leading hospitals in the nation. The University of Colorado Hospital includes primary care and specialty clinics throughout the metro area, as well as the central facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The hospital’s physicians are faculty of the renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine. The hospital is part of the University of Colorado Health system.
The University of Colorado Hospital facilities include:
The Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion, consisting of two towers.
The Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, home to many of the hospital’s clinics.
The Anschutz Cancer Pavilion, home to the renowned clinical services of the University of Colorado Cancer Center (with outcomes that far exceed state averages).
The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, home to University Laser Vision and what Ophthalmology Times recently named one of the 10 best ophthalmology practices in the country.
The Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), the region’s premier residential and treatment center for adults and families afflicted with alcoholism, gambling and substance dependencies.
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado's modern-day mission is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. Children's Hospital Colorado has been ranked consistently as one of the best children’s hospitals nationally. As a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network, Children's Hospital Colorado is 100% dedicated to caring for kids at all ages and stages of growth. Children's Hospital Colorado has more than 2,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees helping to carry out its mission. Children’s Hospital Colorado is the only pediatric Trauma Level I facility in the seven-state region.
Veterans Affairs Hospital
Construction is underway of the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs Hospital in Aurora. The 31 acre campus includes 1.26 million square feet in 10 buildings, in addition to three parking structures.
Fitzsimons Village is a mixed-use development located directly south of the Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Life Science District at Colfax Avenue and I-225. Phase I consists of a 150,000 square foot Class A office building with 16,000 square feet of retail space, a 153-room Springhill Suites by Marriott and a FirstBank branch. Joining the full-service hotel and conference center will be a seven-story, 208,000 square foot Class A office building. In addition, there is more than 20 acres available for further development of office, research, retail, and residential opportunities.
Corporex Colorado, LLC, a fully integrated developer with expertise in hotel, office and residential projects, is building a full-service hotel and conference center at its Fitzsimons Village mixed-use development in Aurora. The $90 million development project, which includes a 245-room, Hyatt full-service hotel and 30,000 square foot conference center marks the next phase of the Fitzsimons Village development to meet a growing demand for hospitality services by the city’s health care and bioscience industry, specifically the Anschutz Medical Campus and Fitzsimons Life Science District.
Fitzsimons Life Science District
Additional development includes commercial, hospitality, retail, and residential development. Forest City has partnered with the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority to develop the 184-acre site.