American Mountaineering Center

Renovation & Addition

In 1993, the American Alpine Club (AAC) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) jointly purchased the historic 1920’s Golden High School near downtown Golden, Colorado. The existing high school was comprised of the original 1920’s building, a 1950’s gymnasium and a 1960’s classroom addition. The mission was to transform the building into The American Mountaineering Center—the nation’s premier facility for research, education and information about mountaineering and the mountain environment.

BRS developed the program plan and design for the facility, which included a phased plan for construction and exterior historic renovation as funds became available. The building houses both the AAC and CMC. The auditorium, which seats roughly 300, was renovated to accommodate meetings, conferences and symposia on mountaineering-related matters.

A third organization, the Colorado Outward Bound School, joined The American Mountaineering Center in 2002. This new association led to the construction of an addition that included a climbing wall, 3,000-s.f. multipurpose facility and full completion of the building renovation.

Project at a Glance


Golden, Colorado


American Alpine Club


$6 Million



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