1,700 tiles – give or take a few

The Sie Complex spire is nearly done, and with its blue clay tiles in place, complements the roof of its neighbor, the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy.

Just a few inches shy of 32 feet high, the spire was placed atop the Sie Complex tower in a traditional “topping-out” ceremony on September 24. Total height of the tower, including the spire, is 143 feet, making it one of the tallest structures on the University of Denver  campus.

“DU’s signature towers are part of the campus family,” said University architect Mark Rodgers. “Like DU’s other spires, towers and domes, the Sie Complex tower is already being used by students and visitors for navigating across the campus.”

If you’ve ever wondered about this campus family of tall structures, Rodgers offers a rundown:

The next construction milestones include completion of the roof.