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Photo of Morgridge Commons with rainbow

Feb. 12 marks the grand opening of Morgridge Commons, the state-of-the-art meeting space on Cooper Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs. The public is invited to attend the 1 p.m. ribbon cutting, followed by an open house until 6 p.m. Photo: Hannah Klausman

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The community is invited to attend the public grand opening of Morgridge Commons, the one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art meeting space built to support the collaboration and training needs of the Roaring Fork Valley, Garfield County and Western Slope.

Morgridge Commons is operated by Colorado Mountain College in partnership with the Garfield County Public Library District (GCPLD). It is conveniently located adjacent to the college’s main administrative offices and upstairs from the Glenwood Springs Branch Library and CMC parking garage on Cooper Avenue in historic downtown Glenwood Springs.

The Feb. 12 open house will feature a 1:00 p.m. ribbon cutting and brief program, and special tours of Morgridge Commons’ high-tech features, kitchen, meeting rooms and art gallery space, until 6:00 p.m. RSVPs are requested, at http://bit.do/morgridge-commons-rsvp or by calling 970-947-8367.

Morgridge Commons is a flexible, state-of-the-art venue for educational, nonprofit, public-sector and other groups to meet, think and collaborate. For several months, limited access has been provided to community organizations so that all of the systems could be tested.

Photo of a meeting room at Morgridge Commons

Among the features of Morgridge Commons are multiple meeting rooms that can easily be combined to accommodate users’ needs, a large-screen interactive video system, a warming kitchen, the CMC ArtShare Gallery and two giant wall murals from renowned Colorado photographer John Fielder. The public is invited to attend the Feb. 12 grand opening, with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting and an open house and tours that continue until 6 p.m.

The open house Feb. 12 means that the space is fully available for rental, and so community members and organizations are invited to see features like multiple meeting rooms that can easily be combined to accommodate users’ needs, a large-screen interactive video system, a catering kitchen and two giant wall murals from renowned Colorado photographer John Fielder

The space was finished because of extraordinary community and foundation support from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, Garfield County and state of Colorado. A series of planning charrettes with K-12 schools, nonprofits, businesses and government offices were held so that the space could be designed to fit community needs for training and meeting space.

The space is named Morgridge Commons thanks to the support of the Morgridge Family Foundation, which generously contributed $1.25 million to the CMC Foundation to finish this first-of-its-kind space in the region. In addition, the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District gave its largest-ever grant, of $750,000, in recognition of the partnership between CMC and the library district. Other gifts from the Boettcher Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation and support from many community partners enabled this unique community asset to be completed – and for nonprofit and in-district rental rates to be subsidized.

The free open house and grand opening for Morgridge Commons will be held 1-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. Cake and light refreshments will be served. Morgridge Commons is located at 815 Cooper Avenue, second floor. For more information, please go to www.morgridgecommons.org.