Surveys: Influence FoCo neighborhood character

Students and employees have an opportunity to influence the character of neighborhoods surrounding the university.  The City of Fort Collins has three neighborhood-related plans that create a vision for neighborhoods and corridors many CSU students and employees live in year after year. Aerial view  west side of Fort Collins with Longs Peak and the Front Range foothills in the background, May 17, 2010 ASCSU is encouraging students to take this opportunity to provide feedback regarding their vision for these neighborhoods including transportation, aesthetics, natural areas, businesses and future development. Survey results will help shape these neighborhoods for future students and employees. Provide feedback on these planning efforts by completing the survey, completing the interactive WikiMap where you can place your ideas onto a crowdsourced map, or both by May 22. West of campus (Elizabeth Enhanced Transportation Corridor Plan)

North and east of campus (Old Town Neighborhoods Plan) Downtown Fort Collins    

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Parking garage to add 650 spaces in 2016

Parking and Transportation Services is planning to build a parking garage on the southeast side of campus, to accommodate growing parking needs. The garage will be built over a portion of existing lot #575, at the southeast corner of Pitkin and Mason street. The new garage will provide more than 650 total spaces for CSU permit holders and pay-per-hour spaces, with easy access to MAX, the Oval, and the future Medical Center. The garage is slated for construction starting this fall, with a targeted completion date of summer 2016. By state statute, parking revenue must pay for all parking expenses at the university. Construction of the garage will be funded solely by parking permit and fee revenue.

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Eddy Hall renovation scheduled for completion in May

Since Eddy Hall was constructed in 1963, it’s had a storied history. It was inundated with water during the flood of 1997, and historical documents say two entire academic departments were devastated. Despite such a history, the building has never undergone a major renovation during it 51-year lifespan, until now. A $12.5 million renovation of Eddy Hall began last May and is scheduled for completion this month. Eddy Hal currently houses the English and Philosophy departments, and will house Ethnic Studies when complete. “We are very excited at the prospect of a remodeled and revitalized Eddy Hall,” said Ann Gill, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Undergraduate students from every CSU college attend classes in Eddy, so there will be much to celebrate when this project is completed.”   Grand entrance The renovated 69,457 square-foot building will include nearly 3,500 square feet of additional space when completed. The highlight will be a two-story glass-enclosed entrance on the building’s east side that will both enhance the building’s aesthetic appeal and alleviate crowding at the entrance that is common at Eddy. Other improvements include updated classrooms and faculty offices, wider hallways, new paint, new carpet and two additional new classrooms. The building will also include community gathering places called “Eddy’s Eddies.”   Improvements inside and out The building’s exterior will be re-clad in stone to match the red sandstone theme on campus, and a landscaped plaza will be added off of the Academic Spine. This revitalization project prioritizes accessibility for students, faculty, staff and visitors with a disability, energy efficiency upgrades, while improving the overall building aesthetics. “The architecture of the addition is a further step towards a having a unified vocabulary of buildings on campus.  The cladding of the north and south elevations of the building with ‘CSU’ red and buff sandstone and strategic use of glass curtain wall both increases the energy efficiency and further aligns this building with others on the Academic Spine,” said Fred Haberecht, assistant director of Facilities Management.   New home for Ethnic Studies Ethnic Studies, currently located in Aylesworth, will be relocated to Eddy second floor (the former Communication Studies space) when the remodel is complete.

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New Chemistry, Biology buildings link science mall

Biology courses at CSU are among the university’s most heavily enrolled classes, with about 60 percent of students engaged in courses through this department as a focal topic of study or to fulfill enrollment requirements. Even with so much student interest in biology, the university currently doesn’t have a building dedicated to field of study. Instead, courses and research are spread across several buildings on campus. This will change when the university breaks ground on a biology building in fall 2015, with a targeted completion of late 2017. With biology the largest major on campus at 1,400, students are so in support of creating a dedicated space for biology that they voted to support a student facilities fee to pay for $57 million of the total project, estimated currently at $70 million. The building will include collaborative spaces for students, designed to promote creativity and connection, as well as classrooms with connected lab space, a large lecture hall, and state-of-the-art research facilities to faculty. The building will be well-lit, glass-walled with mountain and campus views, comprehensive education and research building, designed for maximizing collaboration among students, faculty and staff. It also will feature public spaces with open seating to foster ideas throughout the planned five stories. The new building, designed with four goals in mind – capacity, efficiency, flexibility and functionality – is currently planned to be about 140,000 square feet and will connect to a larger science mall at the university, which will be a student destination and will serve as a south side gateway to campus. The mall will include existing buildings including Yates Hall, Microbiology, Anatomy-Zoology, Environmental Health, Pathology and the Painter Center, along with another new scientifically-focused addition, a planned Chemistry building. Chemistry building enhances research capacity The new Chemistry building will primarily provide research and teaching space for a second scientific field that is growing quickly in student interest and faculty research. Because of the success of faculty research, new space is needed to expand research and teaching programs. The new building will provide additional laboratory and research areas for faculty, which numbers have outgrown the capacity of Yates Hall. It will include 60,000 square feet of modernized research capacity, and is currently estimated at $60 million. “Both buildings are designed for vertical integration where undergraduate and graduate students will work side-by-side with faculty and researchers in labs,” said Jan Nerger, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, which houses the biology and chemistry departments. “These two buildings represent an investment in excellence in the sciences and a commitment to research and education now and into the future.” Construction on the Chemistry building is tentatively scheduled for spring 2016, to be completed late fall 2017.    

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