Joint Budget Committee Approves Funding For MSU Aerospace Building

MSU Denver's proposed  AES building will integrate the study of advanced manufacturing disciplines into a single building. Image Source: Metro State University Denver.

MSU Denver’s proposed AES building will integrate the study of advanced manufacturing disciplines into a single building. Image Source: Metro State University Denver.

March 20, 2015 – Late yesterday, the State Congressional Joint Budget Committee approved the proposed state capital budget, which includes an appropriation of $14.8 million for MSU Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) building. The appropriation represents the full amount requested by MSU Denver of the state. The University’s AES building was one of only nine higher education projects recommended for funding from the JBC.

The building will unite students from the departments of Aviation and Aerospace Science, Engineering Technology, Physics and Industrial Design, and Computer Science, and an integrated curriculum under one roof. The new facility will provide experiential learning and access to state-of-the-art technology and labs.

The MSU program will ensure that an exceptional qualified and well-educated workforce is ready to meet Colorado’s aviation, aerospace and advanced manufacturing needs.

MSU Denver has committed $20 million of its own capital improvement funds to the project and is seeking an additional $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.