Published: Oct. 28, 2019 By

Aerospace has a new home at CU Boulder.

The Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences has moved into its new dedicated building on East Campus.

Eighteen months after construction began, the four-story, 175,000-square-foot structure was completed over the summer. Classes and research are underway inside.

“This new building celebrates a bright and vibrant future in aerospace for the university, our students, the state of Colorado and our nation,” said Bobby Braun, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Discussions with faculty and students influenced the design of the facility. It will allow for expanded course offerings, facilitate new research collaborations and cement CU Boulder as the hub of Colorado’s aerospace industry, which is ranked first in the United States in private employment concentration.

“This building allows us to bring together all of our aerospace research enterprises and teaching enterprises in one beautiful location that we can showcase to the world,” said Brian Argrow, chair of Smead Aerospace. “Colorado is a leader in this field, and having a facility like this demonstrates our generational commitment.”

Above photo: Drones lift a ‘Cut Before Flight’ ribbon to Ann Smead (left) and Brian Argrow at the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building grand opening ceremony on August 26, 2019.