CU breaks ground on $45M connector for business, engineering schools

BOULDER — The University of Colorado broke ground this week on a new $45-million building that will connect CU’s Leeds School of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Science complex.

The connector is expected to be complete in 2020, according to a CU news release. Pending approval by the CU Board of Regents, the new building will be named after Indonesian business leader and 1987 Leeds graduate Tandean Rustandy.

Rustandy has gifted a total of $10 million to CU, including $5 million for the business-engineering school connector.

The University of Colorado is planning a $45-million project, seen in the rendering, to help boost collaboration between business and engineering students. Courtesy University of Colorado.

“Merging two top business and engineering programs to create a higher standard of learning and impact in the world is the legacy that we should aspire to leave,” Rustandy said in a prepared statement.

The 45,000-square-foot addition will feature an innovation and entrepreneurship hub where students from any discipline can collaborate with faculty and local business leaders, according to the release. It will also have a new 200-seat auditorium and four 90-seat active-learning classrooms.

“This building connection symbolizes what is increasingly important to higher education in the future — working across disciplines, while putting entrepreneurship and innovation at the center of our efforts,” Leeds dean Sharon Matusik said in a statement. “Together, our two top-ranked and globally recognized programs will collectively realize the potential that curricular, co-curricular and programmatic collaboration creates.”

BOULDER — The University of Colorado broke ground this week on a new $45-million building that will connect CU’s Leeds School of Business and the College of Engineering and Applied Science complex.

The connector is expected to be complete in 2020, according to a CU news release. Pending approval by the CU Board of Regents, the new building will be named after Indonesian business leader and 1987 Leeds graduate Tandean Rustandy.

Rustandy has gifted a total of $10 million to CU, including $5 million for the business-engineering school connector.

The University of Colorado is planning a $45-million project, seen in the rendering, to help boost collaboration between business and engineering students. Courtesy University of Colorado.

“Merging two top business and engineering programs to create a higher standard of learning and impact in the world is the legacy that we should aspire to leave,” Rustandy said in a prepared statement.

The 45,000-square-foot addition will feature an innovation and entrepreneurship hub where students from any discipline can collaborate with faculty and local business leaders, according to the release. It will also have a new 200-seat auditorium and four 90-seat active-learning classrooms.

“This building connection symbolizes what is increasingly important to higher education in the future — working across disciplines, while putting entrepreneurship and innovation at the center of our efforts,” Leeds dean Sharon Matusik said in a statement. “Together, our two top-ranked and globally…