The Colorado Legislative Council Staff announced today that the state would fund phase two of the Fort Lewis College Geosciences, Physics and Engineering Building.
This second phase, which amounts to $10.8 million, is in addition to phase one funding of $10 million from the state that came earlier this summer. A third and final phase of state funding, approximately $8 million, is anticipated in the future. The College is responsible for raising a little over $4 million on its own to complete the project.
“What a great day for Fort Lewis College! I am grateful to Senator Ellen Roberts and Representative Mike McLachlan for their advocacy of FLC and their help in getting this project funded,” says FLC President Dene Thomas. “I am also grateful to the rest of the state legislature for seeing that Fort Lewis College is a valuable investment. This new facility will be great for the educational opportunities of our students and the economic well-being of southwest Colorado.”
Demolition of part of Berndt Hall was completed this summer to make way for the new, 60,000 sq. foot building. A contractor was selected and construction is ready to begin. The new GPE Building should be completed in time for the fall 2016 semester.
You can watch the construction happening via webcam at www.fortlewis.edu/Home/About/CampusWebcam.aspx.