November 4, 2014 – After years of planning, the official groundbreaking for Fort Lewis College’s new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering Building took place on Friday, October 17. The new facility addresses the need for increased educational opportunities for students and the increasing enrollments in these popular programs.
Demolition of part of the department’s previous building was completed this past summer to make way for the new 60,000 sq. foot building, which should be completed in time for the fall 2016 semester.
Getting the new building was a decade-long effort by FLC officials, faculty and area legislators. The building has been a top construction priority for FLC due to increased enrollment and out-dated facilities. In particular, demand for the engineering program at Fort Lewis College has more than doubled over the last three years.
The building will house tutoring rooms, student study rooms, “smart” lecture rooms, laboratory preparation and storage rooms, dedicated research rooms, conference rooms and department, faculty and support staff offices. The new laboratories will be state-of-the-art, designed for the particular needs of the programs being served.
The project will also include a research observatory to support the College’s physics and astronomy classes. The United States Air Force has partnered with Fort Lewis College and will house a 20-inch telescope and tracking equipment in the observatory on the new building’s roof.
This unique partnership is part of the USAF’s Falcon Telescope Network, which surveys and monitors space debris and protects space assets from damage. Students at FLC will gain valuable experience from the program and will also have access to the observatory for further astronomical observation. The community will also be able to take advantage of the partnership.
The estimated cost for the new building is $35 million. The majority of the construction funding will come from the state of Colorado, and is supplemented by private fundraising.
For more information on the new Geosciences, Physics and Engineering Building at Fort Lewis College, visit: www.fortlewis.edu/president/NewGPEBuildingPlan.aspx