The Business and Engineering expansion represents a new era of collaboration and innovation on the CU Boulder campus—and our commitment to generate a positive disruption in higher education. To that end, we are breaking down traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to actively foster cross-functional competencies in our students. Ultimately, we are redefining how tomorrow’s leaders drive meaningful change in the world.
The expansion joins our two schools physically and programmatically, creating a new world of possibilities for the top-ranked, globally recognized programs, including creative, functional space to collaborate and connect. Increasing opportunities for our communities to engage with each other on a daily basis—in a space that also invites in our business and industry partners—establishes a broader sense of local community, inspires relationship building and dialogue, and facilitates cooperative, productive interactions across disciplines.
University of Colorado Board of Regents recently approved CU Boulder's recommendation to name our building the Tandean Rustandy Building, in recognition of Leeds alumnus and donor, Tandean Rustandy. Tandean embodies all that the Leeds School of Business stands for when it comes to making positive economic and social impact through business. His support as the first donor to this largely donor-funded building was integral in making this expansion a reality. Read more about Tandean Rustandy.
On June 5, we celebrated our highly anticipated groundbreaking of our building expansion with the College of Engineering and Applied Science. The idea for the expansion between our two schools came about in 2017. It serves as a way to integrate the two disciplines, break down barriers and connect our two communities—ultimately encouraging collaboration and engagement between students, faculty, staff and the business community.
Curricular Collaboration Opportunities
The Business and Engineering expansion provides opportunity for the two schools to come together for curricular collaboration, such as:
- Cross-disciplinary project management course that brings in outside industry
- Joint MBA and computer science degree
- Cross-campus entrepreneurship certificate
- Business minor for engineering students
- Computer Science minor for business students
- Courses listed and accessible across schools
- Joint graduate programs in construction management and business analytics
Programmatic Collaboration Opportunities
Likewise, the Business and Engineering expansion provides opportunity for the two schools to come together for programmatic collaboration, such as with:
- Collaborative recruitment efforts
- Business mentoring for engineering students
- Joint career treks for business and engineering students
- Joint entries into New Venture Challenge and campus-wide competitions
- Joint corporate partnerships with Ball Corporation, Arrow, Zayo and Phillips 66
- Joint career fairs and workshops
The Business Library will be closed until August 2020. In the interim, the collection will be available throughout the 2019-2020 academic year in the lower level of the Gemmill Engineering, Math & Physics Library. If you have any question or concerns about the closure, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/MFzOhFyhX6Kw8tut2
Currently Method Roasters is working with the university on exploring options to operate a kiosk in the Koebel atrium during construction. In the interim, Method will also be reevaluating the menu and offerings due to changes in the space for the upcoming year. During the gap, there’s also The Bakery and WeatherTech in C4C or Celestial Seasonings on the north side of Engineering for your daily perk.
Support the Business and Engineering Expansion
Provide support for construction, renovation, equipment and more. All donations to this campaign are tax deductible. Interested in learning more about naming opportunities? Please call Trisha McKean at 303-957-7086.
Check/Cash: to donate via mailed check, please make it payable to the University of Colorado Foundation OR the CU Foundation. Mail check to University of Colorado Foundation, P.O. Box 17126, Denver, CO 80217.
- A temporary ADA-compliant pathway will be installed on the south side of the Koelbel Building. ADA access will remain at both the south and southwest entrances.
- The patio and grill area on the west side was removed to allow for construction. Noise will impact offices on this side of Koelbel.
- We are still working on reserving spaces within Koelbel to support the writing center and will do our best to ensure the resource remains available inside Leeds during the 2019-2020 academic year.
- Currently, the main entrance (south side of Koelbel by the parking lot) and the nearby southwest entrance are the only ways in and out of the building.
- In cases of emergency only, you may exit out of the Northeast stairwell.