CONSTRUCTION REACHES CRECENDO

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CONSTRUCTION REACHES CRECENDO

SEVERAL MAJOR ON-CAMPUS PROJECTS TO OPEN BY FALL SEMESTER

By Dell Rae Ciaravola

By the time students start to think about returning this fall, construction activity on campus will reach a crescendo as CSU makes significant progress toward its ongoing physical transformation.

By August, the doors to several new buildings will open to greet students for the new academic year: the on-campus stadium, Biology Building and the Chemistry Research Building, and the innovative CSU Health and Medical Center for students and the community. An underpass below Shields at Elizabeth Street also will be complete, facilitating access onto campus across one of the city’s busiest intersections.

These complement recently completed projects: a parking garage along College Avenue, an underpass beneath Prospect at Center Avenue, the revitalized Aggie Village student apartment complex that also includes classroom space, as well as renovations to the Eddy Building and a relocated Plant Environmental Research Center.

The University’s $1.3 billion investment stacks up to more than sandstone and mortar; these new spaces transform how students learn and how researchers stay on the leading edge, creating innovative spaces for collaboration and academics.

The multipurpose stadium will host sports, entertainment, and civic and cultural events, and includes the Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center as well as offices for the Collaborative for Student Achievement. It opens in August, along with adjacent practice fields and a heritage garden.

The CSU Health and Medical Center at College Avenue and Prospect Road uniquely merges services for students, provided by the University’s medical staff, and the public, through partnerships with UCHealth, Associates in Family Medicine, and Columbine Center for Healthy Aging. Opening in July.

The Department of Chemistry will open a 60,000-square-foot building in June, with innovatively designed spaces where students can participate in research and hands-on learning.

A 147,700-square-foot Biology Building also will open in June, the first-ever dedicated to the department. It was primarily funded by students: Biology is the University’s largest major, and nearly every student at CSU takes a related course.

Aggie Village North offers nearly 1,000 beds in apartment-style living spaces for students. Apartments house students from more than 80 nations and offer an opportunity for cross-cultural experiences and understanding.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can park in a new 650-space parking garage on the corner of College and Pitkin streets that opened in Summer 2016.

UPCOMING PROJECTS ON CAMPUS

While fall marks the end of an intensive push, a few additional construction projects are underway:

MICHAEL SMITH NATURAL RESOURCES BUILDING ADDITION

An addition starting this summer and opening Fall 2018 will add classrooms, a student success center, and teaching labs.

RICHARDSON DESIGN CENTER Construction will start in the fall, and will include a community maker’s lab, classrooms, and art studio space when it opens in early 2019.

THE JBS GLOBAL FOOD INNOVATION CENTER IN HONOR OF GARY AND KAY SMITH

Featuring classroom and laboratory space, will break ground this summer and open in Fall 2018.

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