Aligning Academic Offerings with Industry Needs and Facility Construction, While Making Space for Relevant Public Private Partnerships (P3s)


  • Vicki L Golich Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Sandra Haynes Washington State University Tri-Cities
  • Erin Hillhouse Anderson Mason Dale Architects
  • David Pfeifer Anderson Mason Dale Architects



curriculum-workforce alignment; architectural planning and design; alternative revenue streams; project funding


Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has been educating students for Colorado’s urban workforce for over fifty years. The following case study of MSU Denver’s new Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) Building reveals the roles played by partnerships among universities, faculty, and local civic and industry leaders in creating new curricula and facilities. The new Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (AMS) curriculum and specialized labs will be “game changers” for manufacturing in Colorado, because they provide flexible maker-spaces that encourage the iterative, changing interaction among students, faculty, and industry essential in an evolving economy. Nurturing such places for collaboration fosters self-sustaining curriculum enrichment.

Author Biographies

Vicki L Golich, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Sandra Haynes, Washington State University Tri-Cities


Erin Hillhouse, Anderson Mason Dale Architects

Senior Associate

David Pfeifer, Anderson Mason Dale Architects



State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) (2017) SHEF: FY 2016 – State Higher Education Finance. Boulder, CO: Author.