CSU opens a new campus in Denver this month

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Rendering of the hydro building of the CSU track. Photo courtesy of CSU Spur

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The first of three new buildings on the Colorado State University Spur in the National Western Center, focusing on health, water, and agriculture, opens to the public this month.


The National Western Center is known for its annual stock exchange exhibition, but the Elyria-Swansea complex is now turning towards education thanks to the new Colorado State University campus. CSU track. Visitors can explore and be inspired by each of the three themed buildings on campus, the first of which, Vida, will open in time for this month’s stock market exhibition.

Vida

Photo courtesy of CSU Spur

Opens: January 2022
Focus: Human and animal health
Whether you’re watching a doctor guide a patient through horse-assisted therapy or watching a horse walk on an underwater treadmill to rehabilitate an injury, Vida allows you to see people and animals alike on their way to health. The CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center, which helps people with physical and mental disabilities with horses, has a branch here, and an on-site clinic offers subsidized care for smaller furry friends. For example, watch a dog get its teeth cleaned and ask questions to veterinarians. League of stupid friends will oversee the veterinary services of which CEO and President Dr. Apryl Steele says they will solve the mystery of what is going on at the veterinary clinic so that it is “open for people to get upset”.

Hydro

Opens: November 2022
Focus: water
The 122,000-square-foot Hydro building will host aquatic research and educational activities, including helping K-12 students understand how people can better preserve the precious fluid. In an exhibition, children turn dials to hypothetically route H2O to different establishments, such as a farm, a factory, or a house; The exercise illustrates the difficult decisions people must make in distributing the vital resource. Also, Denver Water’s water quality laboratory, which runs thousands of tests each year to make sure the city’s water is safe, is moving from the southwest of Denver to Hydro. Laboratory experts explain the testing processes to visitors and have them run simple experiments to determine whether the samples are clean or not.

Terra

Photo courtesy of CSU Spur

Opens: April 2022
Focus: Food and Agriculture
Spur’s Terra building shows visitors the links between agriculture, the environment and the food they eat. Staff in the greenhouses and vertical gardens explain the sustainable techniques used to grow the ingredients for your favorite salad, and chefs in the teaching kitchen take cooking classes to demonstrate how to make this salad. A program to investigate the effectiveness of green roofs, the overgrowth of buildings, is also to be opened in the spring. According to Jennifer Bousselot, the CSU research assistant professor, guests can tour Terra’s green roof and learn how it can keep Denver cool in summer while absorbing excess rainwater. “Green roofs will make cities more livable,” says Bousselot.

(Read more: What You Need To Know About The Massive National Western Center Project)

This article appeared in the January 2022 issue of 5280.

Barbara Urzua

Barbara Urzua

Barbara oversees the fact-checking processes and editorial internship program of 5280, and writes stories for 5280 and 5280.com.


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