Ragan Ferrara, LEED AP
On September 12, a group from the SLATERPAULL office attended the ribbon cutting for the new Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building on the CSU campus. The event was a large success and even the rain couldn’t stop over one hundred people from attending.
Held in the main atrium at the base of the grand stairs, the event began with opening remarks from the Dean of the College of Engineering. He was followed by the President of the University. Next was something different than any event I have attended. An alum, who had been a part of the planning process, spoke about his experience and how great it was to see the facility completed. A current student then spoke about how she was looking forward to spending her remaining time here. But the last speaker really stole the show. A “future” student, about the age of 8, came up, stood behind the podium on a milk crate, and wowed the audience. He had won a competition about the effects of concussions on the brain from playing soccer. His research even got the attention of the Colorado Rapids and has been published on their website. He spoke for at least 5 minutes, never looking at cue cards. He was funny and intelligent and looking forward to attending CSU for further scientific research.
A reception and tours of the building followed the speeches.
One thing that several of us pointed out during the ceremony was that there were not many students there. We thought it was a bit strange considering it was late afternoon. However, once we began walking around the building, we quickly realized why. They were already busy at work in the new labs. It was great to see our hard work already in use.