Level 3 leader gives $10 million to CSU
Last Updated: 18:05 March 28, 2012
FORT COLLINS - The College of Engineering at Colorado State University will begin construction on a new $69 million Engineering II building, thanks to a $10 million donation from CSU civil engineering alumus Walter Scott Jr., chairman of Level 3 Communications Inc., based in Broomfield.
Engineering II will focus on solving global challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration. Faculty in the building will focus on biomedical engineering, synthetic biology, and environmental engineering, among other topics.
The 122,000-square-foot building will house classrooms, design studios, teaching laboratories, a 130-person auditorium, and a 24-hour study space open to all CSU students.
Scott is a longtime supporter of the College of Engineering. For 29 years, the Walter Scott Jr. Scholarship Endowment at Colorado State has provided about 18 students a year with financial support. He made the donation to Engineering II with his wife Suzanne through their family foundation.
Additional funds for the building will come from an increase in student fees, which will provide $30 million, as well as donations from other CSU alumni. Some of the other donors include Don and Susie Law, who provided $500,000 in initial funding for the architectural design, and the Gates Family Foundation, which donated an additional $1 million to the project.
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the site on the corner of Laurel Street and Meridian Avenue The project is expected to be complete by August 2013.
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