February 19, 2015 – MSU Denver’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) building was one of only nine higher education projects recommended for funding by the state Capital Development Committee (CDC) at its meeting on February 12. The committee will forward its recommendation of allocating $14.8 million toward construction of the AES building to the Joint Budget Committee, which will meet about higher education projects on March 12.
The $14.8 million recommended allocation to MSU Denver represents the full amount the University requested from the state. 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.
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.
The MSU program will ensure that a well-educated workforce is being trained for available jobs within the state of Colorado.