Mesa State ponders new building

Mesa State College plans to request $19.8 million from the state of Colorado to fund a new academic classroom building.

The state may have financial constraints, but Mesa State President Tim Foster said it can’t hurt for the college to have its name in the hat for the time when adequate capital-construction funding is available. Foster said the college’s vice president of finance, Pat Doyle, heard the classroom building could be a top priority for state funding when more money is available for building projects.

The college’s board of trustees approved a plan Thursday to ask for $19.8 million from the state and have the college offer a cash match of $8.2 million to pay for renovations to the 8-year-old Fine Arts Building.

The new building would house six classrooms, five lecture halls, two graphics-computer labs, one foreign-language lab, one general-computer lab, and faculty offices for language, literature and mass-communications teachers. The building would have television studios used for instruction and broadcasting, and PBS offices could be located in the building as well.

The college would model the classroom building after the Academic Classroom Building that opened on the west side of campus in 2008. Like that building, the new one would include environmentally-friendly features, study space and a rooftop meeting area.

Foster said the urgency of building another facility will depend on how quickly the need for more classes and sections grows.

“We might have to come up with a solution before the state can step up,” he said.


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