June 16, 2017

CU regents approve nearly $300M in Boulder construction, renovation projects

Elizabeth Hernandez
The Daily Camera

The University of Colorado Board of Regents approved nearly $300 million in construction and renovation projects for the Boulder campus during a Thursday meeting in Colorado Springs.

These projects include a comprehensive renovation to the historic Hellems Arts and Sciences building, the completion of a new dorm in Williams Village and a new $82.5 million aerospace building set to begin construction this fall. CU was granted $77 million Thursday for the aerospace building.

The new aerospace building, to be constructed on east campus, is expected to be equipped with an indoor flight environment for testing unmanned aerial systems and roof design with the sight lines needed to track satellites.

"This is a watershed moment, not just for CU aerospace, but for our entire college, the university and the state of Colorado," said Bobby Braun, dean of engineering. "CU Boulder is already recognized as a national leader in aerospace, and this state-of-the-art facility will take us to the next level. This facility will be a beacon of innovation for the students, researchers and industries of the future."

Construction should break ground in November, according to a CU news release.

Additional projects include about a $10 million request to finish the final wing of the Biotechnology Building; $4 million to replace the Stadium Bridge between 17th Street and Folsom Street that was destroyed in the 2013 floods; $24.7 million needed to complete renovations in the Guggenheim Geography Building; and nearly $10 million additional funds to finish the Center for Academic Success and Engagement, built atop the Euclid Avenue Autopark.