Colorado State’s Engineering Building Campaign Benefits from Storagetek Gift

Storage Technology Corp. has pledged a $500,000 gift to the Engineering Building campaign at Colorado State University.

The Engineering Building campaign will enable Colorado State to expand its Engineering Building by 60 percent and renovate laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The building’s 280-seat auditorium, a facility which is used for engineering events, universitywide lectures and activities in the Fort Collins community, also will be renovated. The renovated auditorium will be named for StorageTek.

"We value our partnership with StorageTek and their continued support is greatly appreciated," said Colorado State President Albert C. Yates. "StorageTek’s commitment is an example of the critical role the community plays in our efforts to build facilities and programs that best support students’ learning."

StorageTek made the gift to Colorado State as part of its 1998 community program which centers around the theme, "Targeting Education and Knowledge." Based in Louisville, Colo., StorageTek provides products and services that are used to store, transport and secure information, from mainframe data to client/server applications to video, audio and still images.

"Many of our employees are Colorado State graduates," said David E. Weiss, StorageTek chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to again partner with Colorado State University to help it continue to bring programs of academic excellence to its students."

StorageTek’s past support of Colorado State has included donations of equipment valued at more than a million dollars as well as gifts to capital campaigns in the colleges of Business and Engineering. StorageTek’s partnership with Colorado State also includes hiring of qualified Colorado State students and graduates, research partnerships with faculty, and advising and mentoring of student and departmental groups.

Construction on the Engineering Building project began in November 1997 and will include renovation of 128,000 square feet and the addition of 44,000 square feet to connect three separate wings which now make up the building. The new space will provide areas for integrated laboratories where students from across the college will study and conduct research.

More than 80 percent of the expansion and renovation funding has been allocated by the Colorado Legislature on behalf of the citizens of the state. The remainder of the funding will come from individual and corporate support.

For more information about the engineering fund-raising campaign, call Jean Lamm in the College of Engineering at (970) 491-1312.