The planned 75,000-square-foot building will offer versatile teaching and lab spaces – including advanced instrumentation rooms, faculty offices, and two large theater-style classrooms. It also includes indoor and outdoor spaces designed to promote a collaborative learning environment.
The location at the southern entrance to campus will allow the high-tech building to serve as a prominent gateway to the University and the Gunnison community. This ultra-modern and highly attractive building will be built to the LEED architectural standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The LEED certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and is a globally recognized symbol of the achievement of sustainability. The new building will use both passive solar and geothermal energy for heating and cooling.
“By expanding the number of qualified students who have access to a technological education, this partnership between Western and CU will help meet the demands of our state’s rapidly expanding high-tech industries. This partnership is good for the economic competitiveness of our state and will allow CU to continue to expand our reach across the Western Slope.”
Dr. Bobby Braun, Dean of CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science