CORRECTION Media advisory/photo opportunity: Groundbreaking Ceremony of New Engineering Building at Colorado State University April 14

Note to Reporters: Correction: The announcement will focus solely on the new Engineering II building; there will be no announcement about the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory Thursday.


The College of Engineering at Colorado State University will start construction Thursday, April 14, on a $69 million, 122,000-square-foot building at the southeast corner of Laurel Street and Meridian Avenue that will house multidisciplinary programs in engineering. A groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the site immediately north of Green Hall on the Fort Collins campus.

Speakers include Tony Frank, president of Colorado State University; Sandra Woods, dean of the College of Engineering; and private donors and students who have committed significantly to the project.

Building details:

The $69 million, 122,000-square-foot building is being built generally near the existing Engineering building, which is immediately east of the Lory Student Center.

Unlike most engineering colleges that construct buildings for each discipline, Colorado State’s new building will focus on solving global challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty will be concentrated in biomedical engineering, bioanalytic devices (such as sensors to detect tuberculosis or cancer), synthetic biology (to solve problems related to the environment, health and energy), and environmental engineering.

Also included in the building’s design are a 130-person auditorium, multiple classrooms, design studios where students work in teams to solve specific problems, and teaching laboratories for biomedical, chemical and environmental engineering. The building also will include a 24-hour study space for all CSU students.