The renovation project
Built in 1959, the 41,000-square foot building has not seen any significant revisions in many years. The entire building renovation project was budgeted at $15 million, with nearly $3 million coming from private donors, many of whom have named spaces throughout the building.
“The renovations on this building were long overdue,” said Animal Sciences Department Head Kevin Pond. “Now we have a space that is inviting to guests, has cutting-edge equipment, and will help us attract top-notch faculty and students from across the country and around the world.”
Ribbon-cutting event Sept. 17
The event will be attended by alumni, donors, and students as well as faculty and staff from the department and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Other attendees will include representatives from the campus administration including CSU President Tony Frank and members of the Board of Governors. After a brief speaking program, guests will celebrate a ribbon-cutting and take self-guided tours of the building.
At the leading edge
“As we position our students for success beyond graduation, buildings like this will set us apart from our peers and keep us competitive in recruiting and retaining faculty and students,” said College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Craig Beyrouty. “This building is a shining example of the ways in which our college is at the leading edge of teaching, research, and engagement across agriculture.”
The Department of Animal Sciences in the largest department in CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences with approximately 800 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students as well as 31 faculty members. The department has nationally and internationally-recognized programs in: food safety and meat science; beef cattle breeding and genetics; ruminant nutrition; equine science; and animal handling and well-being.