Plans are underway to repurpose approximately 22,000 square feet of the former law library in the Fleming building to create a unique space dedicated to student invention and design. The Idea Forge is envisioned as a flexible, cross-disciplinary collaborative space where students can imagine, design, create, and test products and solutions to meet a range of societal and customer needs.
The space will house Design Center Colorado and support course-related student teams, entrepreneurial-minded individuals, and service-oriented groups from across the College of Engineering and Applied Science and other disciplines. Plans include the creation of a series of reconfigurable, interconnected "makerspaces" with opportunities for formal and informal learning. Rapid prototyping, welding, and electronics shops, plus advanced machining facilities, will be included within a space that is open and reconfigurable to handle the needs of different projects over time.
The Idea Forge is currently in the design phase, with construction slated to begin in February and be completed for the start of the Fall 2014 semester.