Campus construction fences signal progress

CSU construction projects

Shepardson Hall and Diversity House are among the construction projects going on at CSU.

Fencing around campus buildings is a sure sign of progress, but it can also mean relocating offices and classrooms, and rerouting traffic and pedestrians. Two new projects at Colorado State University are certainly affecting use in the buildings but should have little effect on the flow of travel around them — at least for the next few months.

Shepardson Hall Building

Construction fences around the Shepardson Hall Building on University Avenue will go up this week as workers begin abatement and interior demo, a process that will continue until early January. Between January 2020 and May 2021, the College of Agricultural Sciences building will undergo a complete renovation including most of the infrastructure systems. Two additions will be built on the north and south sides of the building, increasing the size of the building to 80,000 square feet.

During CSU’s winter break, fences will be shifted, and parking and vehicle traffic will be closed from University Avenue to A Street on Libbie Coy Way. The first semester of classes in the Shepardson Hall Building will be August 2021.

Diversity House

Across campus, the Diversity House at Laurel and Shield streets is also undergoing construction as new office and classroom space is created to accommodate the growing staff and class size needs of the Vice President for Diversity office.

The building will be expanded to include a larger seminar room, all-gender bathrooms, a lactation room and additional private offices. The 2,500 square-foot addition will add an interior vertical lift for access to the second floor. There will be no impact to parking or traffic and the project should be completed by early spring 2020.

Lagoon Update

Lagoon Rendering

A rendering of the Lagoon set to reopen in summer 2020.

In other construction news, the CSU Lagoon remains fenced off and empty of water and will remain so until early summer 2020. Once the project is complete, the lagoon pond will be smaller than the original and will have a more naturalistic appearance with a gravel trail, native grasses and border seating along the edge. A new pump system will be installed that better circulates the water, creating a cleaner body of water. Modifications to the grades of the pond basin will provide additional stormwater detention capacity if another major flooding event were to ever occur on campus.