Published Jul 25, 2018
Riverside – California Baptist University celebrated the opening of the Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building at a dedication ceremony on July 25.
The 100,000-thousand-square-foot building is the new home of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering at CBU. The building is situated between the residential Cottages and Business and Music buildings. It houses classrooms, faculty offices and administrative spaces as well as a spacious, multipurpose design hall with room for labs, projects, exhibits, presentations and student collaboration.
“This is a wow building and a wow day in the history of CBU,” Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president, told the more than 350 audience members in attendance. “God is going to use this building to touch lives practically and spiritually.”
The Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building at California Baptist University features numerous collaborative workspaces for students in addition to state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.
Ellis thanked many individuals who helped make the project a reality. He recognized CBU’s Board of Trustees for its encouragement to pursue a vision for CBU and Dr. Anthony Donaldson, founding dean of the College of Engineering, for championing the efforts to grow the college. Ellis also acknowledged the generous contributions and support from Dennis and Carol Troesh, Gordon and Jill Bourns, and Bill and Sue Johnson that helped make the new building a reality.
Dr. Charles Sands, CBU provost and vice president for academic affairs, said he looks forward to students returning in the fall to pursue “living their purpose” in the new structure.
“This building will benefit students but for what purpose?” Sands asked. “We pray they will make a difference and to influence society in a positive way.”
Gordon Bourns, chairman and CEO at Bourns Inc., said he envisions the new building benefiting the community.
The College of Engineering at CBU has many programs that are tailored to introducing young students to STEM education, Bourns said.
Bourns also noted the importance CBU plays in providing professionals for the community.
“It’s an honor for me to be here to support CBU. We have had fantastic interns from CBU,” Bourns said. “These students have a Christian foundation, good integrity and are hard workers. They also have amazing ideas.
“I hope a lot of students choose CBU and then stay here in the community after they graduate,” Bourns said.