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Auraria Campus to hold news conference at construction site of Science Bldg Three higher education institutions call for restoration of state funding

Posted: March 23, 2008

(Denver, Co)—A news conference and media tour will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 24, to view the construction site of the Science Building on the Auraria campus, which broke ground in December 2007 after receiving its first phase of state funding last year.

The state received an updated revenue forecast on Thursday, which reduced the amount available for capital construction projects in the state fiscal year that begins July 1, 2008. The Auraria Science Building request of $37.5 million (already reduced from the original $50 million recommendation) was cut to $0. Other projects, including higher education, human services and corrections projects, were taken out of priority order.

The current science building presents health and safety hazards because of overcrowding and outdated HVAC systems. Two labs have had to be closed due to dangerous levels of chemical fumes and inadequate ventilation.

Auraria has already begun construction of the Science Building, based on an appropriation from the state last year. If state funding doesn’t come through this year, the project is placed in serious jeopardy and will – at a minimum - result in very costly delays.

The Auraria Science Building supports the training of future science and technology workers. The new science building, with students from all three institutions, will educate more future scientists of color than any other location in the state and support the state’s economic development.

WHEN: Monday, March 24 at 11 a.m.

WHO:    Auraria Campus Executive Vice President Dean Wolf
             Community College System President Nancy McCallin
             Downtown Denver Partnership Executive Director Tami Door
             Metropolitan State College of Denver President Stephen Jordan
             University of Colorado President Bruce Benson

WHERE: In front of the current Science bldg on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver
(no. 21 on the attached map)