CU Boulder’s $82.5 million aerospace building will include indoor drone area

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A rendering of the new aerospace engineering building planned for the University of Colorado Boulder. (Courtesy CU Boulder)

A rendering of the new aerospace engineering building planned for the University of Colorado Boulder. (Courtesy CU Boulder)

The University of Colorado Boulder’s new aerospace engineering building will have an “indoor flight environment for testing unmanned aerial systems” — drones and robots — according to a news release trumpeting the approval of the $82.5 million project.

The CU Board of Regents approved the building, which will house the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, on Thursday.

“The facility will help accommodate the rapid growth experienced by the aerospace program in recent years,” according to the release. “Combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment grew from 647 in fall 2011 to 946 in fall 2016.”

A rendering of the new aerospace engineering building planned for the University of Colorado Boulder. (Courtesy CU Boulder)

A rendering of the new aerospace engineering building planned for the University of Colorado Boulder. (Courtesy CU Boulder)

If all goes according to plan, the school will break ground on the building this November. The target for completion is July 2019.