CU breaks ground on bioscience center

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The University of Colorado at Boulder began construction Sept. 9 on a multi-million dollar bioscience building designed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and make CU one of the top bioscience universities in the region, according to the Boulder County Business Report.The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, a planned 257,000-square-foot building slated for completion in fall 2011 with a 54,000-square-foot addition planned for a “later date,” will have a price tag of between $120 million and $145 million for the first phase alone.

So far, more than half of the Phase I cost has been committed: $60 million from the university, $20 million from CU professor and well-known biotechnology maven Marvin Caruthers, $2 million from Jeannie Thompson, chairwoman of the university foundation’s board of directors, and other private gifts.

“The economy has definitely slowed that (fund-raising) process down,” said Leslie Leinwand, a CU professor who is helping raise the additional money needed to complete the project.

Leinwand, a molecular, cellular and developmental biology professor, has been involved in the bioscience building since 2001 when it was only an idea.

One Response to CU breaks ground on bioscience center

  1. …just a thought, but it would have been nice to see our name associated with this project since we are the GC and it is such a great project for CU, Colorado and JE Dunn. It really helps our marketing efforts to be able to forward articles like this to our clients and prospective clients.



    Mikki Andersen
    Director of Business Development
    JE Dunn Construction
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    Mikki Andersen
    September 18, 2009 at 3:42 pm