Campus invited to sign Anschutz Engineering Center beam

The Mountain Lion community has the chance to make a permanent mark on the UCCS campus by signing a beam that is set to be placed in the new Anschutz Engineering Center. The beam will be available to sign beginning on Thursday, May 4 through 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign the beam!

The beam will located in the vicinity of UCCS Pedestrian Spine between the Engineering and Applied Sciences Building & the University Center.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) broke ground on the Anschutz Engineering Center on Aug. 26. Completion and occupancy of the building is slated for Jan. 2024.

The 24,000 square foot center will help accommodate growing numbers of students in the EAS college, including students pursuing new aerospace degrees. The Pikes Peak Region’s growth in key aerospace and technology business sectors has placed demand or more graduates to drive the success of the region. The new high-performance, energy-efficient facility will support expanded research and laboratory space.

Enrollment for EAS has more than doubled since 2008 and this growth is likely to continue. The center will also help serve the Colorado Springs community as the demand for engineers and computer scientists in the region’s workforce increases, with approximately 200 companies in the region alone seeking EAS graduates.

“We’re creating extraordinary opportunities for students, and adding to the local workforce,” said Don Rabern, Dean of Engineering.

Several components are planned for the new space, with focus on laboratories, classrooms, conference spaces, offices, student support centers and research spaces.

The building is three stories and adjacent to the current engineering hall, providing access back and forth. The first floor will hold classrooms, a traditional computer lab, a Computer Pods Lab that better allows for working in teams and an impressive Space Systems Lab that passers-by will be able to view from large front windows. The second floor will focus on Aerospace engineering and research, and the third floor will concentrate on expanding capacity in Electrical and Computer engineering.

Funding for the project comes from The Anschutz Foundation, the CU Foundation and the CU President’s Fund. Alumni and local industry partners have been key contributors to the facility through philanthropic donations and technology contributions.

“Remaining competitive as a nation requires that we meet demand for a highly skilled technical workforce,” said Don Rabern, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. “Many of our graduates have immediate employment opportunities right here in Colorado Springs, particularly in the growing areas of aeronautics and astronautics. With this new building, we will be able to expand our academic programming in these fields and empower our students with hands-on learning opportunities. We are deeply grateful to the Anschutz Foundation, the CU Foundation and our partners for making this game-changing project possible.”