By Donna Fowler
Here is a little more detail about the potential third building in the MSU Denver neighborhood announced last week by President Stephen Jordan at the Spring Update.
Tentatively being called the “STEM building,” it would be built on the southeast corner of 7th and Auraria Parkway. The building would bring together the departments of Aviation and Aerospace Science, Engineering Technology, Physics and Industrial Design (and possibly Computer Science) in what Jordan says would be a truly integrated space and curriculum, with the technology and laboratories to match.
Colorado’s aerospace economy is the second largest in the nation and Jordan says, “I want a building that screams the importance of aviation to our state.”
“President Jordan’s vision is to create synergy between departments, enabling MSU Denver to address a growing and highly visible industry,” says Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Joan Foster who, along with Professional Studies Dean Sandra Haynes, is co-chairing the program plan committee for the building.
Adds Haynes, “This new building will house STEM disciplines that can work together to create a well-educated workforce for one of our state’s most important industries, aviation and aerospace, as well as for other STEM areas such as advanced manufacturing.”
According to Aviation and Aerospace Science Chair Jeff Forrest, several entities have expressed interest in the project, including the Colorado Department of Transportation, Sierra Nevada, Lockheed Martin and Jeppesen. Joe Rice, a 1989 MSU Denver graduate and former state legislator who works for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, has expressed interest in participating in the design concept.
The $40-$60 million building would be funded half by the University and half by the private sector. According to Foster, the government is engaging in an initiative to support the aerospace industry and is an additional potential source of funding. If all goes as planned, with funding in place by the end of this year, the tentative timeline would be to break ground in early 2015, with 12-15 months for construction.
Other members of the program plan committee include the following representatives:
· Physics: Chair and Professor Sid Freudenstein and Professor Richard Krantz
· Engineering Technology: Chair of Engineering Technology and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology Rich Pozzi and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Technology Jeno Balogh
· Aviation and Aerospace Science: Chair and Professor Jeff Forrest and Manager of the World Indoor Airport T.J. De Cino
· Industrial Design: Chair and Associate Professor Ken Phillips and Associate Professor Ted Shin
· Academic Computing: Director of the Educational Technology Center Ben Zastrocky
· Administrative Computing: John Prater, software procurement, and Manager of Network Administration Dave Schuette
· Advancement and External Relations: Director of External Relations Leslie McKay
· Facilities: Director of Facilities Planning and Space Management Sean Nesbitt and Construction Project Manager Lisa Lorman
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