The new Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building is taking shape on CU-Boulder’s East Campus, and fundraising to complete the state-of-the-art research and teaching facility is in full swing. Occupants of the new biotechnology building will include the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, the Division of Biochemistry, and the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology.
The first three wings of the 330,000-square-foot building are expected to be finished in November 2011, and the fourth wing in March 2012. A fifth wing is planned for the future, when capital funding from the state of Colorado becomes available. The $170 million facility is being paid for by private fundraising, university funds, and a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Chevron is the first corporate sponsor of space devoted to the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department in the new building, thanks in large part to the efforts of Mike Wirth (ChemEngr’82), Chevron’s Executive VP for Downstream and Chemicals. The ChE unit-ops lab in the new building will be named the Chevron Chemical Engineering Teaching Laboratory, based on generous support from Chevron. Since the lab will not be completed until a later phase, the college has renamed the current unit-ops lab in recognition of Chevron’s support. Thad Sauvain, Cynthia Murphy, and Steve Leichty of Chevron dedicated the lab during their visit to the college last fall.
Additional naming opportunities are available, including shared research facilities, modern laboratories and classrooms, shops, study areas, a café, and other amenities that will promote excellence in research, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Contact Engineering Development for more information.