Colorado Mesa University (CMU) recently celebrated the grand opening of Confluence Hall. Designed by Bennett Wagner Grody | CannonDesign in association with HOK, the 68,700 sf project integrates the school’s engineering departments and the Eureka! McConnell Science Museum into one building.
The facility and its features serve the University and the Grand Junction community at large. The academic portion of the building includes engineering labs, maker spaces, project labs, classrooms and office spaces for the mechanical and civil engineering programs. The Science Museum is a destination for children and families interested in exploring science through interactive exhibits, and school and summer programs.
“The highlight of the project was watching the excitement on the students’ faces the first time they entered the building. That excitement has not stopped,” said Brigitte Sundermann, CMU Department Head of Engineering. “Since our opening, the building has been continuously occupied (nights and weekends). The students are exploring every square foot of the building and are learning how to use it to support their education.”
Confluence Hall is the first new building on CMU’s western edge of campus and sets the standard for future developments. The use of sustainable materials, optimization of energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, natural daylighting and a connection to the campus geo-exchange system contribute to the project’s Green Globes high-performance certification.
“We are proud of our long-lasting relationship with CMU, and are honored to be a part of the University’s prolific growth for nearly a decade,” said Jered Minter, Bennett Wagner Grody | CannonDesign. “We’re thrilled to have worked with such great partners on this important project that supports engineering education and inspires passion for science.”