MSU Denver Aerospace and Engineering Sciences building awarded $5.2 million in state funding
Contact: Tim Carroll, MSU Denver, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Posted: September 15, 2014
(Denver) — Metropolitan State University of Denver’s proposed Aerospace and Engineering Sciences building (AES) is one step closer to becoming a reality, with the release of $5.2 million from the Spillover Appropriation Fund by the state Capital Development Committee to fund planning, pre-construction and utility work of a new, innovative facility.
“MSU Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences initiative will directly address one of the biggest workforce challenges in Colorado: how to better create a pipeline of highly skilled graduates to meet the specific needs of Colorado industries,” said President Stephen Jordan. “Colorado has the country’s third-largest aerospace economy, but industry leaders can’t find the talent they need to maintain that position of strength. We’re working closely with those industry leaders to design a ground-breaking program to develop the nation’s most workforce-ready advanced manufacturing professionals.”
The AES program and interdisciplinary curriculum will foster advantageous connections between aviation and aerospace science; mechanical, electrical and civil engineering technologies; industrial design; physics; computer information systems and computer science — and attract career-focused students to MSU Denver. Specific degree tracks and courses have been informed by rich discussions with aerospace, aviation and advanced manufacturing industry leaders throughout the metro Denver area.
Through a competitive bidding process, MSU Denver selected AndersonMasonDale as the architectural and engineering design firm for the project. With confirmation of state funding, MSU Denver will execute on a contract and work will commence Oct. 1. The design and engineering phase will include surveying, building design, code and jurisdiction review, project management and pre-construction.
“Having an architecture firm at the ready ensures that work can begin immediately,” said Sean Nesbitt, director of facilities planning at MSU Denver. “We’ll be able to start the planning and design right away, which could save us up to two months in the overall process.”
The University is also in the process of selecting a construction firm and six finalists have been identified. Once a general contractor is confirmed, MSU Denver expects the design firm and general contractor to work together in the design phase in order to build in cost efficiencies, reduce time to delivery and allow for efficient construction.
Planning and design for the 142,000-square-foot, $60 million AES building is expected to take 12 months, with construction estimated at between 16 and 20 months. MSU Denver has committed $20 million of its own capital improvement funds to the project, and will seek an additional $15 million from the state and $20 million from the private sector. The goal is to break ground in fall 2015 and open the facility in spring 2017. The building is to be located at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Auraria Parkway.
Visit the AES building website for more information.
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.