The Science and Engineering Building is the culmination of plans initiated more than a decade ago to update science teaching and research laboratory facilities at UCCS. It is the largest and most innovative academic and research building on campus (156,000 sq. ft.) and creates collaborative learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community. It brings together the departments of biology, physics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, the Institute for Science and Space Studies, and the CU Institute for Bioenergetics. The building also functions as a destination for K-12 programs to inspire young visitors about math, science, engineering, and computing disciplines.
AR7 Architects were selected to design the building. Architectural Energy Corporation performed the energy modeling and conducted the LEED process. A campus community charette was held in 2006 to discuss desired green and high performance features. The Science & Engineering Building was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
GH Phipps was the general contractor for the project and ensured that many of the LEED construction credits were earned. The company achieved a 94% construction waste recycling rate, which is the highest in the history of UCCS construction. Check out the time lapse construction of the Science & Engineering building below.