History

Leading the way for almost a century.

In 1918, Army General Hospital 21 became the first medical facility built on this site. Two years later, it was renamed the Fitzsimons Army Medical Hospital in honor of Lieutenant William T. Fitzsimons, the first American medical officer killed in World War I. Since then, the name “Fitzsimons” has been associated with outstanding healthcare and medical education. And with the emergence of the Fitzsimons Life Science District, its leadership role within Colorado’s bioscience community is expanding.

Fitzsimons bioscience facility transformation.

When the site was put on the Base Realignment and Closure list in 1995 threatening the loss of 4,000 jobs, officials from the City of Aurora, University of Colorado and University of Colorado Hospital banded together to preserve its unique heritage. Their goal: to transform the former Army Medical Center into a square mile dedicated to education, patient care and bioscience research.

The largest Colorado bioscience community.

The scale alone makes the Fitzsimons Life Science District one of the most significant developments of its kind in Colorado. But just as important as the size of the District, is the plan, which applies the best concepts from successful medical research parks across the country to its own unique opportunity. The District is designed to offer an unrivaled range of opportunity to life science research and development companies of all sorts, from small start-ups to established industry leaders. It’s a place where the best and brightest are coming together to take ideas from benchtop to bedside; a place that will continue to honor the name “Fitzsimons” with bioscience, health and research successes in years to come.