After five years of planning and construction, the University of Colorado's Center for Academic Success and Excellence has its first tenants.

Although construction is ongoing to finish interior work and test systems, four tenants began moving into the Euclid Avenue building this week, and their offices will open Monday.

The University Exploration and Advising Center, Veteran and Military Affairs, the Office of Pre-College Outreach and Engagement, and portions of the Office of Admissions are the first four to relocate.

Later this summer, campus tours will begin leaving from the 114,000-square-foot building that university leaders envision as the "gateway to campus," and other tenants will continue to move in.

University of Colorado students Lluvia Macia, left, and Adela Aguirre talk outside the Center for Academic Success and Engagement on Friday on CU’s
University of Colorado students Lluvia Macia, left, and Adela Aguirre talk outside the Center for Academic Success and Engagement on Friday on CU's Boulder campus. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Daily public tours will begin from the building later this summer, too, but the start date for those tours has not yet been announced.

CASE, as the building is known, was built on top of the Euclid Parking Garage, which has 364 spaces of ground-level parking and two underground levels.

The project faced delays due to mounting construction costs, code compliance issues and weather, including below-freezing temperatures and snow in December 2016. University officials previously had said the project would be complete in November 2017.


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Initially, they planned to open the building in two phases, with the first group of tenants moving in November 2017 and the second set of tenants moving in this summer, CU police spokesman Scott Pribble wrote in an email. They later decided to wait until the building was complete to begin moving in tenants, he said.

Other tenants to move in the coming year include Buff Techs walk-in tech support, a new testing center for students who need extra time or reduced distractions during tests, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program and the Graduate Teacher Program.

The building will feature classroom space, conference rooms and a 250-seat auditorium.

It also will feature temporary space for programs such as the College of Music, while an addition is added to its building, and the College of Media, Communication and Information, which has seen growth in the program.

Construction work is ongoing to complete the building and will continue over the coming weeks, university leaders said. Construction work is also ongoing to add raised crosswalks and utilities upgrades on Euclid Avenue outside the building, and that work is scheduled to be done by July 12.

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