Row of CMU Engineering and Math & Science Center hard hats
CMU Engineering groundbreaking ceremony, September 6


CMU breaks ground on new engineering building

Colorado Mesa University today hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for its newest academic building. University officials were joined by representatives of the John McConnell Math and Science Center. Students from the New Emerson School also joined in the celebration by performing some experiments for the crowd.

The new 68,700 square-foot building will house CMU’s engineering programs, including the civil and mechanical engineering programs delivered at CMU through a partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder. The building will also be the newest home for the John McConnell Math & Science Center.

CMU President Tim Foster said the new building will be a visible symbol of the importance CMU places on partnerships and collaboration.

“First and foremost, it represents our commitment to the relationship with our students. It is incumbent upon the university to provide students with the facilities and technology to support them in reaching their education goals,” Foster said. “It also symbolizes the enhancement of our collaboration with the math and science center. Though we and our students have worked closely with the center for quite some time, having the center on campus will expand that involvement. It is also another piece in our partnership with CU Boulder to deliver engineering programs to our students and provide West Slope engineers for West Slope businesses.”

John Williams, vice president of the center’s board of directors and president of the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education, said the center’s new home at CMU promises to be a first-rate facility that will benefit all local students from kindergarten through graduate school.

“This would not have happened without CMU, the trustees and President Foster. It shows great vision and leadership,” Williams said.

Construction of the $25.4 million building will be completed in the fall of 2017. The building at 1410 N. Seventh Street is the first CMU building to front Seventh Street.

Community members ceremonially break ground

Above: Community members break ground for the new building.

Child during science experiment

Above: A student from the math and science center provides a demonstration during the ceremony.

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