New projects highlight fall semester

Several new construction projects are slated for 2017, including the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building, the Richardson Design Center, the Global Food Innovation Center in honor of Gary and Kay Smith, the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute and the athletic practice fields and Heritage Garden. Read a summary of these projects, or visit the individual projects listed below.

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Michael Smith Natural Resources Building

What:  37,400 square foot addition on the south side of the existing Warner College of Natural Resources. Will include classrooms, a student success center, teaching labs, and offices

When: Summer 2017-Fall 2018

Budget: $20.2 million:  donors, university general fund, student facility fee

Read more about the project


Richardson Design Center

What: 41,000 square foot building west of Gifford, includes community maker’s lab, classroom and studio space, Interior Design department

When: Fall 2017-early 2019

Budget: $16.5 million: donations, university and College of Health and Human Sciences

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C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute

What: Colorado State’s newest state-of-the-art research facility promises medical innovations by harnessing the body’s healing powers to help animals and people suffering from a wide range of disease.

When: Summer 2017- Fall/Winter 2018

Budget: $65 million: donations

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Global Food Innovation Center in honor of Gary and Kay Smith

What: 36,600 square foot addition for hands-on instruction including classroom and laboratory space, space for culinary research and sensory analysis, and a small retail store for meat sales

When: Summer 2017-Fall 2018

Budget: $13.1 million: donations, university funds

Read more about the project

Completed Construction Projects


Athletic Practice Fields and Heritage Garden

What: New practice fields and Heritage Garden to celebrate and demonstrate CSU’s agricultural roots

When: Fall 2016 – Summer 2017

Budget: $4 million: university and stadium funds

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Shields Street Underpass

What: A pedestrian and bicycle underpass at Shields and Elizabeth, jointly proposed and built by the city and Colorado State University.

When: Winter 2017- Fall 2017

Budget: $$10.8 million project: CSU

Read more about the project

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Health and Medical Center

What: CSU Health Network, Columbine Center for Healthy Aging, UC Health public walk-in clinic

When: Fall 2015-Summer 2017

Where: Northwest corner of Prospect Road and College

Budget: $59 million: Health Network revenue, leases, donations

SOURCE coverage Feb 2015, May 2016

Project fact sheet

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What: Multi-purpose stadium to host university sports, entertainment, civic, cultural and commercial events

When: Summer 2015-Fall 2017

Where: Between Lake and Pitkin Streets at Meridian

Budget: $220 million, bonds and donations

Stadium website

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Whitcomb Gateway

What: A new pedestrian and bike access gateway to campus will become a primary corridor onto campus from Prospect Road.

When: Late Summer 2016-Fall 2016

Where: East side of Whitcomb Street between Prospect Road and Lake Street.

Budget: $1 million in infrastructure and landscape improvements, funded by the university.

Project fact sheet

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South College Parking Garage

What: Four-story parking garage with 650 parking spaces

When: Fall 2015-Summer 2016

Where: Southeast corner of Mason and Pitkin Streets, on top of existing parking lot #575

Budget: $17.5 million, funded by parking permit and fee revenues

SOURCE coverage May 2015

Project fact sheet

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Chemistry Building

What: 60,000 square ft to support teaching and research, and enhance safety

When: Spring 2016 – Summer/Fall 2017

Where: East of the existing Chemistry Building, south of Pitkin Street

Budget: Estimated at $55.4 million.

SOURCE coverage May 2015, October 2015

Project fact sheet


Biology Building

What: 147,700 square ft building, to accommodate significant program growth

When: Fall 2015-Summer/Fall 2017

Where: North of the Painter Building, southwest corner of East Drive and Pitkin Street

Budget: Estimated $70 million: Student facility fees and the College of Natural Sciences

SOURCE coverage May 2015, October 2015

Project fact sheet

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Center Avenue underpass at Prospect Road

What: An underpass under Prospect Road at Center Avenue, enhancing pedestrian and bike safety and access to campus.

When: November 2015-Fall 2016

Where: On the west side of Center Avenue, connecting to campus at Aggie Village North.

Budget: $6 million

Project fact sheet


Aggie Village North (completed)

What: Student apartments

When: Fall 2014-Summer 2016

Where: Between Lake Street and Prospect Road, adjacent and to the west of Center Avenue

Budget:$112 million bond funded through Housing and Dining Services revenue

SOURCE coverage May 2015, Aug 2016

Project fact sheet

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Whitcomb sewer line replacement (completed)

What: CSU will replace a sewer line through the Sheeley neighborhood. The work will support the university’s agreement with the City of Fort Collins to create infrastructure to serve university growth, including the stadium. The project will replace a more than 50-year-old sewer line system, upgrade pipes and improve capacity.

When: May 1 – August 30 2016

Where: Work moves from the south end of Whitcomb Street  in planned phases north along Whitcomb.

Budget: $1.3 million, paid for by Colorado State University

Project fact sheet


Eddy Building renovation (completed)

What: A 69,457 square foot renovation

When: Fall 2014 – Summer 2015

Where: Existing Eddy building, located on the Academic Spine of Main Campus near Clark and Behavioral Sciences Building

Budget: Estimated at $12.5 million

SOURCE coverage May 2014, May 2015

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Research Blvd. parking lot (completed)

What: 900 space parking lot, Transfort will link to campus

When: May-August 2015

Where: West of VTH, between Center Avenue and Research Blvd

Budget: $5.4 million in Parking and Transportation Services revenues

SOURCE coverage Aug 2015


Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC) (completed)

What: 31,480 square ft building for state-of-the-art research, expanded space

When: May – August 2015

Where: Center Avenue and Bay Drive

Budget:  Estimated at $7.3 million

SOURCE coverage May 2015