DENVER (CBS4) – The University of Colorado Denver will hold a groundbreaking on a brand new building on the Auraria campus this week, and school leaders are excited about what it means for students.

“All of our student services are sort of spread out all over the Auraria campus, and it’s not very convenient for students to get the support they need. With this building we’re going to consolidate everything into one space and kind of making it one stop shopping for students, which will be a great advantage for them,” said university Chancellor Don Elliman in an interview on the CBS4 Morning News on Wednesday.

The new building will go up at the corner of Larimer Street and Speer Boulevard in a spot that is currently a parking lot.

Elliman said the building is the first to be built and owned exclusively by CU Denver on the Auraria Campus.

The university is celebrating its 40th year, and Elliman said plans are in the works for a ceremony or celebration to mark the milestone. He said he’s proud the university is continuing with its mission to “give an opportunity to combine higher education with the real world.”

“We’re fortunate to be located right smack in the middle of the most vibrant city in Colorado,” he said. “The opportunities for experiencial learning and really the connection of a research university to the community is I think an advantage for us.”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, a graduate of CU Denver, will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony, which will happen on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

The building is scheduled to be completed in 2014.


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