Mines to break ground on privately funded $25 million classroom, laboratory facility
GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 1, 2010 – The Colorado School of Mines community will break ground on Marquez Hall, an interdisciplinary teaching and research facility that will house the university’s petroleum engineering department, at 4 p.m. Oct. 8, on the corner of 16th and Arapahoe streets in Golden.
The new facility will provide much-needed classroom space and will serve as a hub of energy-related research, education and outreach.
Tim Marquez, chief executive officer of Venoco Inc. and a 1980 Mines alumnus, and his wife, Bernie, contributed a $10 million challenge grant through the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation in 2005 laying the groundwork for the facility. Additional generous funding by corporations and individuals makes Marquez Hall the first building on the Mines campus funded entirely through private sources.
Features of Marquez Hall include:
- 60,000 square feet of customized classrooms and research and teaching labs
- Smart classrooms equipped with wireless networking and interactive audio-visual technology
- Classrooms and laboratories adaptable for conducting made-to-order professional education programs
- Capacity for increased faculty research activity and enrollment of up to 400 students
In 2007, Mines’ student body voted to contribute a portion of their student fees to fund an additional 25,000 square foot annex to the facility.
Designed by the architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski and Jackson (known for designing the Pixar Studios headquarters in California and the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York), the new building will be LEED certified for sustainability and energy efficiency.
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