Construction on FUTURE TECH Construction gets the green light –

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – This week, the College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) Board of Trustees met in a special meeting and voted unanimously to approve a “guaranteed maximum price” of $36,407,023 for the construction of the new Future Tech Building on campus.

The vote marks a milestone in a three-year effort to build this building on energy, innovation and technology.

“We are just bursting at the seams here on campus,” said CEI President Rick Aman. “Lack of classroom space limits our ability to teach and train graduates for family jobs. The 80,000 square meter Future Tech Building will make a major contribution to solving these challenges with educational space that is both flexible and state-of-the-art. The planning team designed Future Tech entirely around using this building as a learning tool, a ‘Swiss Army Knife’… a multi-purpose, multi-tool facility.”

The council’s plans for a community-wide drive to raise funds for the necessary furniture, fixtures and equipment to make the building operational were discussed.

In addition to classrooms, the building has spaces suitable for larger gatherings, including business and social events, student collaboration space and bay window space. As the name suggests, the architectural design incorporates progressive technologies incorporated into the building itself. The education space is intended to implement some of the college’s most advanced programs, such as cybersecurity, energy system technology, nuclear technology, and battery and solar energy technologies.

Groundbreaking is expected in June and fit-out and site preparation will take place in the coming weeks.