UCCS building atrium adorned with El Pomar name

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An atrium in the Science & Engineering Building on the UCCS campus was named in recognition of the El Pomar Foundation, which donated $1 million to its construction.

CU President Bruce Benson and UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak were both on hand to unveil the plaque noting El Pomar’s gift, created by Carolyn Fox, architect, Facilities Services.

The 156,000-square-foot, $56.1 million Science & Engineering building is the largest and most expensive building at UCCS. It houses the biology, physics, and mechanical and aerospace engineering departments as well as the National Institute for Science, Space and Security Centers and the CU Institute for Bioenergetics.

El Pomar Foundation’s previous gifts to the university include a $4 million gift in 1999 to construct El Pomar Center and expand and remodel the Kraemer Family Library. A clock tower was named in honor of that gift. In 1990, El Pomar Foundation also donated $3.15 million to create three endowed professorships that are the backbone of El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization which serves as a catalyst to encourage collaboration between the university and business as well entrepreneurship in the region.

UCCS offers 34 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s, and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 8,500 students annually.