Officials from CoorsTek, the Coors family, and Colorado School of Mines broke ground on the new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering, an interdisciplinary academic and research facility, at 9 a.m. on May 2 on Kafadar Commons on the Mines campus.

The CoorsTek Center will support Mines’ College of Applied Science and Engineering and will be the home of the Department of Physics. It will serve as an integral campus landmark located on the site of the former physics building, Meyer Hall, at 16th and Illinois streets.

The nearly 100,000-square-foot building will feature forward-thinking design with flexible lab space and technologically advanced classrooms to foster interactive, hands-on learning. It will support the highly collaborative partnerships between the college’s four departments and two interdisciplinary programs including Physics, the Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biological Engineering, the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, the Materials Science Program, and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Program.

In 2014, CoorsTek and the Coors family announced a $27 million commitment to fund a research partnership and the construction of this new, modern facility. The investment is a significant milestone in the multigenerational partnership between CoorsTek and Mines.

Internationally-renowned architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, in partnership with Denver-based Anderson Mason Dale Architects, has designed the modern, $50 million centralized teaching and research space.

2016 CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering Groundbreaking


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Colorado School of Mines is a highly selective, public research university, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering and applied sciences. Mines is internationally recognized for its education and research programs focusing on stewardship of the earth and its resources, developing advanced materials and applications, addressing the earth’s energy challenges, and fostering environmentally sound and sustainable solutions. Learn more at


Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines | 303-273-3541 |
For the Coors Family/CoorsTek: Rick Keating, President & CEO, Keating & Co. | 917-767-2400 |