CAP has two computer labs. They are in Room 460 and Room 500 of the CU Denver Building. Both areas are accessed with your coded student ID card.
During the summer this is reduced to Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This room hosts large format and color printing as well as a 27-seat classroom. There are multiple drop-in workstations for scanning and last-minute finishing touches. When classes are in session, Room 495 is the place to go.
This space has 16 computers and provides a space for general computer use. Students may use the computers in Room 460 when there are no classes in session.
The IT Manager and Lab Monitors facilitate the printing room and provide technical maintenance. Software available in the lab includes the latest versions of Mac OS, Windows 10, Autodesk (AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max), Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Rhino 3D, SketchUp, and ArcGIS. For more information, please visit the computer Lab Monitors in Room 460 during regularly staffed hours.
Navigate through the tabs on the left to learn more about software, hardware, printing at CAP, and FAQs. If you have a specific question or want more information, please email us at CAP.IT@ucdenver.edu.
Software requirements for incoming students in all master's programs are per department recommendation, and otherwise stipulated by course syllabi. Most programs needed for student work are available on the lab computers, including rendering and design software.
In general, students widely use products like Microsoft 365 for word processing, e-mail, presentations, and spreadsheet applications. Consult with instructors or view course syllabi regarding specific software application (program) requirements for imaging, CAD, GIS, modeling or rendering before you buy them.
Microsoft 365 should be installed on all incoming student computers. Students, staff, and faculty have permission to download Microsoft 365 onto five personal devices. For more information about Microsoft 365 please visit the Office of Information Technology Microsoft 365 site.
MAC/PC compatibility is an issue; not all popular PC programs are cross-platform (most prominently GIS and Revit). Windows emulating software (I.e., Parallels or Boot Camp) may be required on the Mac and compatibility should be verified with each software manufacturer. All computers should be running antivirus software (Norton, McAfee etc.).
Listed below are some of the common programs that can be installed on personal machines. OIT and the software’s respective sites can provide further information. Click on the icons for more information about each program.
Intel i7 – Gen 8 or newer at least 2.2GHz (6+ cores)
AMD – Any Ryzen processor (6+ cores)
Graphic Card: Dedicated GPU with 4GB video memory
Display: 1920 x 1080 or higher
Storage: 512GB Solid State Drive or higher
For any new computer purchased, students should ensure the device has a built-in webcam and microphone, and optionally, students may buy a good pair of headphones with a built-in microphone for Zoom and remote learning.
CU Denver and Dell have established a webpage with hand-picked computers for CAP students. The Dell University page offers select computers and accessories at significantly discounted prices for students. Once on the Dell University page, select the Student Recommendations button and see the recommended laptops under the category for College of Architecture and Planning students. Additionally, CAP has a limited number of loaner laptops available for checkout on a semester basis.
Printing can be done in small scale (8.5”x11” and 11”x17”) and larger scale format. The largest scale prints available are 41.5” by 10’. Fees vary by size and whether the document is color or black and white.
PaperCut is the software used for students to print directly from their personal computers or from one of the desktop computers in the lab. Students can format and review their own prints before sending them. This also simplifies the paying process as students can add money to their account online using a debit or credit card.
Instruction guides for Papercut and printing can be found on
Canvas → College of Architecture and Planning: Training → CAP Computer Lab.
|Current Printing Prices as of 08/2021|
|Color - 8.5" x 11"||25¢ per side|
|Color - 11" x 17"||50¢ per side|
|Color/B&W, Bond - 42" wide||$1.00 per sqft.|
|Color/B&W, Bond - 18/24/35" wide||30¢ per sqft.|
Many frequently asked questions can be answered by looking at the CAP Labs Training Canvas page.
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