New construction projects slated for 2017 start

Colorado State University is initiating plans to begin construction soon on several new projects. With funding recently approved by the Board of Governors, the following projects are on the horizon:

Michael Smith Natural Resources Building

  • A 37,400 square foot addition on the south side of the existing Warner College of Natural Resources. The addition will include classrooms, a student success center, teaching labs, and offices for the Warner College of Natural Resources.
  • $20.2 million with costs supported by donors, the university’s general fund and a student facility fee.
  • Construction is slated to start Summer 2017 and be completed Fall 2018.
  • Read more about the project.


Richardson Design Center

  • A $16.5 million, 41,000 square foot, newly constructed building west of Gifford that includes a maker’s lab available to the entire campus community, classroom and studio space for multidisciplinary design classes.
  • Interior Design department will also occupy the center.
  • Construction funded by donor commitments, the university and the College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Construction will start Fall 2017 and be completed early 2019.
  • Read more about the project.


Global Food Innovation Center in honor of Gary and Kay Smith

  • Conceptualized as space to integrate faculty and hands-on instruction for students, this $13.1 million addition to the existing Animal Sciences building will students studying food animal handling and meat processing.
  • The 36,600 square foot addition will include a meat processing facility, classroom and laboratory space, space for culinary research and sensory analysis, and a small retail store for meat sales.
  • Also includes livestock holding area to replace the Stock Pavilion that was deconstructed for the new Chemistry Building.
  • Donor contributions and university funds will pay for construction.
  • Summer 2017 will mark the beginning of construction, with the project completed Fall 2018.
  • Read more about the project.


Athletic Practice Fields and Heritage Garden

  • New practice fields directly west of the new stadium will provide efficient connections among practice facilities, and training and locker room areas in the stadium.
  • A final design for the gardens is still in development, but the Heritage Garden will celebrate and demonstrate CSU’s agricultural roots, as well as providing a gateway to the existing arboretum.
  • The existing 5.5-acre arboretum near the new stadium will be enhanced with additional paths and tree identification guides.
  • Construction is starting late Fall 2016 and completed Summer 2017.
  • Read more about the project.