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 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. 

Time Lapse

Check out this time lapse footage of the last few months of construction in action.


10 Things to Get Excited For:

  1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub
  2. 200-seat state-of-the-art auditorium
  3. Renovated William M. White business library
  4. Cross-campus entrepreneurship certificate
  5. 4 active learning classrooms
  6. Joint graduate programs
  7. The Phillips 66 Business and Engineering Diversity Case Challenge
  8. Open spaces designed for collaboration
  9. A new café for your daily dose of caffeine
  10. Stunning views of the Flatirons


Construction Updates

  • Leeds’ gender inclusive bathrooms are inaccessible during construction. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please use restrooms in the Center for Community (C4C) during this time. We are also identifying potential locations for additional gender inclusive bathrooms in the new building.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Visit the Business Library Pop-Up

The Business Library Pop-Up is now open on the 3rd floor of Koelbel, near the Welcome Desk. While the Business Library is closed, you can still get textbooks on reserve, request books to be picked up in Koelbel, ask questions, and more.

Hours: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.–7 p.m. | Friday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

What’s something students can look forward to in the new library? It will be a one-stop-shop for research assistance, browsing online and physical materials, studying in a variety of ways (collaborative to quiet), plugging in or zoning out—with all new furniture and many more power outlets. 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

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

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.

Make a Gift

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.

Method Roasters

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.


Groundbreaking ImageOn 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.

“The use of this combined space, by students who will come to us from all over the world and who will study a variety of subjects within business and engineering, will multiply their potential as graduates, the potential of the academic programs they will participate in, and CU Boulder’s potential overall.”     
—Provost Russell Moore.



Building Renderings

Exterior Rendering
Exterior Renderings
Engineering Bridge