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Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building grand opening set for Sept. 12

September 6, 2013

The newest addition to campus will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony, an open reception and tours of the new building.

The Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, the newest addition to the CSU campus, will celebrate its grand opening on Sept. 12.

The celebration begins at 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and remarks by CSU officials including President Tony Frank, Dean of the College of Engineering David McLean, and former Dean Sandra Woods, who was instrumental in launching the project. The Scott Building is the second Engineering building on the Fort Collins campus.

“It’s been a long and complicated process, but thanks to the generosity of the Scotts, the students of Colorado State, and many, many other donors, the building is a reality, and one the campus can be proud of,” said Woods, who is now the dean of the college of engineering at Oregon State University.

Major donors will also be on hand for the event. Walter Scott will not be in attendance due to Suzanne's passing on Monday. An open reception for all attendees and tours of the new building will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.

Two years in construction

Over two years in construction, the project began with an initial gift of $500,000 for architectural design from CSU alumni Don and Susie Law in 2010. Their gift is recognized in the Don and Susie Law Student Success Center, which will house student-focused retention programs, career development, and the Women and Minorities in Engineering Program.

Level 3 Communications Chairman Walter Scott, Jr., who earned his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from CSU in 1953, and his wife Suzanne then committed $10 million to the construction of the building. An additional gift in 2012 brought their total donation to $12 million.

Their generosity in turn generated other major gifts, such as $1 million from the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation in support of the School’s interdisciplinary approach to solving global challenges through collaboration across academic fields.

Other Engineering alumni were also inspired by the Scotts, including Standard Foods Corp. CEO Ter Fung Tsao, who donated $550,000 to name the 130-seat auditorium in honor of his teacher and mentor, professor emeritus  Jud Harper. Electrical engineering alumni Desi and Lisa Rhoden gave $250,000 to name the Biomedical Engineering Teaching Laboratory.

Classrooms and state-of-the-art labs

The $75-million, 122,000-square-foot building occupies the southeast corner of Laurel Street and Meridian Avenue. The Scott Bioengineering Building  contains classroom and high-tech research space for about 40 faculty members in the disciplines of biomedical engineering; bioanalytic devices – sensors to detect a host of organic agents; synthetic biology, which works to solve problems related to the environment, health and energy; and environmental engineering.

The building, which has been built to LEED Gold standards, also includes teaching labs, design studios where student teams can work to solve specific problems, and a 24-hour study space.

Students played a major role in creating the new engineering building. In 2010, the CSU student body voted to impose a new student facility fee that provided $30 million in funding for the project. Engineering students were also deeply involved in planning and designing the building.

Contact: Shannon Mosness