CMU adding classroom building

Construction of Colorado Mesa University’s newest building begins this week.

The 72,000-square-foot, three-story building at 1020 Elm Ave. is due to open next fall and will house literature, language and mass communication classes, as well as Rocky Mountain PBS. The building’s current name is simply Academic Classroom Building II. The CMU Academic Classroom Building built in 2008 is across Elm Avenue, south of the new building’s future site.

The project received a pledge of $3 million from Mesa County and $7 million from the city of Grand Junction. Colorado Mesa’s procurement of $10 million from other sources helped the state legislature’s capital development committee decide to spend another $9.8 million in state funds on the building’s construction, according to Rep. Libby Szabo. Szabo, an Arvada Republican who has a daughter who attends CMU, is a member of the six-person committee.

“What we really liked is that you guys came with skin in the game and just asked us to bring the second half,” Szabo told an audience at a groundbreaking celebration Monday afternoon on the future Academic Classroom Building II site.

Colorado Mesa President Tim Foster said construction of the building and connecting it to the campus’ geothermal heating and cooling system will likely cost about $21 million. The new building will have two third-story deck spaces to look over much of campus and sit between Monument Hall and the university’s newest student housing complex, Garfield Hall.

“It will really complete the quad here on campus,” Foster said.


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