Planning Continues for MSU’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences 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.

Denver, Colorado. June 23, 2014 – Planning and project management continue for MSU Denver’s proposed Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) building. The goal is to open the new facility in spring 2017.

Students from the departments of Aviation and Aerospace Science, Engineering Technology, Physics and Industrial Design, and Computer Science will share the building, and an integrated curriculum. The new facility will provide students with an experiential education and access to advanced technology and labs.

“Committees are already meeting to discuss the AES curriculum, future fundraising and the types of equipment needed for the facility,” said Sean Nesbitt, director of facilities planning. “This building is going to have a huge impact on the campus and beyond, so we’re doing everything we can to plan ahead.”

MSU is currently advertising for architects and engineering services for the proposed building and the University hopes to select a firm by mid-July. MSU then has to wait for the state legislature to complete its economic projections in late September and confirm that it will release $5.2 million from the Spillover Appropriation Fund for the AES building’s construction.

“Having an architecture firm at the ready ensures that work can begin immediately,” said Nesbitt. “We’ll be able to start the planning and design right away if the funding comes through from the state.”

A new forecast is promising. The state’s General Fund revenue is expected to increase by $96.4 million in the current fiscal year and by $127.6 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Planning and design for the 142,000-square-foot AES building is expected to take between nine and 12 months, with construction estimated at between 16 and 20 months. The building will be located at the southeast corner of 7th Street and Auraria Parkway.

Colorado’s aerospace economy is the second largest in the nation. The MSU program will ensure that a well-educated workforce is being trained for available jobs.