Representatives from CoorsTek, the Coors family and the Colorado School of Mines held a groundbreaking for the new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering Monday.
The ceremony for new interdisciplinary academic and research facility was held at the Kafadar Commons on campus.
The CoorsTek Center will house the Department of Physics and support the College of Applied Science and Engineering. Located on the site formerly occupied by Meyer Hall, the new facility will serve as a landmark on campus at 15th and Aprahoe streets.
The building will be approximately 100,000 square feet and will feature innovative design with flexible lab space. It will also include classrooms with advanced technology to foster interactive, hands-on learning. It will also be home to the Physics, Chemistry and Geochemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering departments as well as the Materials Science and Nuclear Science and Engineering programs.
CoorsTek and the Coors family announced a $27 million donation in 2014 to fund a research project and construction of the new facility. The CoorsTek Center was designed by the Denver-based Anderson Mason Architects.