EDGAR MINE RENOVATION
“Edgar Mine is the heart of the mining engineering department, and is in the heart of every one of our graduates,” said Priscilla Nelson, the mining engineering department head and mining engineering professor. “Student activities at Edgar build the knowledge, self-confidence and leadership skills that the world expects from Mines grads. With Edgar, the Mines learning experience is truly unique.”
The mine will be undergoing extensive renovations and upgrades after a $1 million gift from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.
“This gift represents our commitment to the highest quality mining education, including facilities that provide faculty and students the best opportunities to apply knowledge, think critically and innovate before they ever enter the workplace,” said Red Conger, president of Freeport-McMoRan Americas and a 1977 Mines graduate.
The funding will be used for the first phase of a comprehensive, multimillion-dollar revitalization project including upgrades to a dry building and underground classroom, as well as improvements to the electrical, sewer and ventilation systems
The Edgar Experimental Mine will be undergoing extensive renovations and upgrades after a $1 million gift from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.
The Colorado School of Mines Edgar Experimental Mine celebrated its 150th birthday on Sept. 19, 2015.
In the 1870s, the mine produced high-grade silver, gold, lead and copper. Today, as an underground laboratory for future engineers, the mine provides students with a unique hands-on experience in underground mine surveying, geological mapping, rock fragmentation and blasting practice, mine ventilation field studies, rock mechanics instrumentation practice, underground mine unit operations, rescue training and mine safety.