Friday September 13, 2013 0 comments
By Steve Porter
FORT COLLINS - It isn't often that people will vote to pay for something they may never use, but that's what happened with the Suzanne and Walter Scott Jr. Bioengineering Building dedicated Thursday on the Colorado State University campus.
And that act of generosity helped pay for nearly half of the cost of the $75 million, 122,000-square-foot structure that took two years to build and opened this semester as part of the CSU College of Engineering.
CSU students voted to increase their student fees by $5 per credit-hour, which raised about $30 million for the project.
College of Engineering Dean David McLean called the action "simply amazing."
"This is a legacy that will impact students for many years to come," McLean said at the dedication in the new building.
"This building represents a paying forward for Colorado State students."
CSU President Tony Frank also praised the student body for their spirit of generosity.
"For our students to act like alumni - and we haven't even passed many of them - is absolutely remarkable and a testament to the kind of students we attract to this university," Frank said.
"We need talented engineers to help solve the challenges that face our world," he said. "Great students and faculty will help make those things possible."
Jesse Jankowski, a student at CSU when the vote to help pay for the new building took place, said it was the right thing to do.
"We supported the project because we saw a need," he said. "We knew it would bring tremendous benefits to CSU, the city and the College of Engineering."
The building includes classroom and high-tech research space for about 40 faculty members in biomedical engineering, bioanalytic devices, synthetic biology and environmental engineering, CSU said.
The building is named in honor of Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr., who made a $10 million donation from their foundation.
Ironically, Suzanne Scott died Monday at age 83. Her husband, Walter, did not attend Thursday's dedication ceremony.