Construction Underway for Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering

GUNNISON, CO – Construction of the Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science and Engineering at Western State Colorado University began this week on Western’s campus in Gunnison, Colorado.

The ultra-modern, state-of-the-art facility will have approximately 75,000 square feet of versatile teaching and lab spaces including cutting-edge instrumentation rooms, faculty offices, and areas designed to promote teamwork study and multi-disciplinary collaboration. The building will be built to the LEED architectural standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the most widely used green

Greenwood Village-based Farnsworth Group is providing architecture; interior design, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering; landscape architecture and land surveying services.

“I am proud of the team that has designed and created this great project.  In particular, Mesa Properties, owner’s representative and general contractor, and a host of specialty consultants including Kimley Horn (civil), Research Facilities Design (lab design), Dark Energy (energy modeling), EDI (technology), Wave Engineering (acoustics), & BG Buildingworks (LEED)  have worked closely with our internal team to underscore this design’s success,” said Terry Rucker, principal of Farnsworth group.

The new school is being constructed at the southern entrance to campus at the corner of Adams Street and Georgia Avenue in Gunnison and will serve as a prominent gateway to the University and the Gunnison community.

The project received an $80 million gift from Paul M. Rady, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Colorado-based Antero Resources and Antero Midstream.  Mr. Rady is a 1978 graduate of Western State Colorado University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology.

Through a pioneering collaboration with the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science, students will be able to obtain both Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering degrees as graduates of the University of Colorado Boulder.

“By expanding the number of qualified students who have access to a technological education, this partnership between Western and CU will help meet the demands of our state’s rapidly expanding high-tech industries. This partnership is good for the economic competitiveness of our state and will allow CU to continue to expand our reach across the Western Slope,” said Dr. Bobby Braun, dean of CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Renderings courtesy of Farnsworth Group

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