Aims Community College unanimously votes to facilitate the construction of a 3D printing construction innovation center to develop education and training programs for job creation.
This move follows the successful delivery of two 3D printed homes to families by Alquist 3D in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
The College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of building the AWIC on the College’s main campus, with Alquist 3D serving as the primary tenant. The center will serve as a research and development facility for Alquist 3D, allowing the college to train students interested in pursuing careers in 3D construction printing. An innovative curriculum is currently being developed in collaboration with Alquist 3D.
“This project is going to serve as the catalyst to get [more partnerships] started and build Greeley into the epicenter of 3D printing in this country, and the world,” Patrick Callahan, President & CEO Alquist 3D
The 45,000 square foot center, estimated to cost approximately $25.5 million to build, is expected to be completed by early 2026.
Alquist 3D will use the facility to develop new materials and eventually manufacture new equipment that will benefit the emerging technology. In addition, it will allow Aims Community College and Alquist 3D to bring other companies in the 3D construction printing field to Greeley to collaborate on advancements in the technology.
“This is the first such facility of its kind and it’s just incredible that it will be a reality; this is going to play a major role in the advancement of 3D construction printing technology,” said Zachary Mannheimer, Founder and Chairman of Alquist 3D. “And for Aims Community College to step up and see the value in this project demonstrates how forward-thinking the leadership of this institution is.”
The college will also be able to recruit students interested in the craft, which will ultimately lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs in the coming years. As developments in the field continue, Alquist 3D and eventual partners will give priority to hiring graduates of Aims Community College’s apprenticeship program.
“If we are truly going to be successful and thrive in this industry, collaboration among like organizations is going to be a key to enabling us all to expand our footprint and address not only the need for housing in this country, but commercial development as well,” explained Alquist 3D President and CEO Patrick Callahan. “This project is going to serve as the catalyst to get that started and build Greeley into the epicenter of 3D printing in this country, and the world.”
The innovation center will also help Alquist 3D manage infrastructure projects in the city of Greeley and allow the company to expand such work throughout the state.