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The Colorado State University System (CSU) serves more than 53,000 students worldwide, and is made up of three institutions: CSU-Fort Collins, CSU Global, and CSU-Pueblo. CSU Fort Collins conducts more than $330 million in research annually and is recognized as a Carnegie doctoral research university, noting the highest level of research activity; Carnegie also recognized CSU with a community engagement classification.

As a Land Grant Institution, CSU is focused on translating research into innovative technologies, policies, and actions to solve global challenges in food, energy, water, health, and the environment. The University’s research programs resulted in 146 new patent applications in 2017, and innovation is reflected in CSU’s built environment, with the University achieving the first Platinum rating for sustainability by AASHE’s STARS program for two years running, giving CSU the designation of most sustainable university in the country.

CSU and The National Western Center

At the epicenter of the redeveloped National Western Center — surrounded by the historic Denver neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea — is the CSU Campus, comprised of three buildings: the Water Building, Animal Health Complex, and CSU Center. What’s inside the buildings will bring together the brightest minds, inspire the next generation, and change the world. Learn more at nwc.colostate.edu

CSU Water Building 

The Colorado State University Water Building will be a platform for water education, research, innovation, and policy. Opening in 2021 as the first facility at the National Western Center, the CSU Water Building will bring together water experts and thought leaders to address the most pressing water issues facing the region, the country, and the world.

The CSU Water Building will be unique in the world through the combination of:

  • Advancing state-of-the-art practices in water
  • Providing a place for water-oriented conversations and conferences
  • Highlighting linkages between water and urban and rural food systems and energy
  • Connecting water users with problem-solvers
  • Showcasing water sustainability
  • Fostering collaboration across sectors

With a connection to a restored section of the South Platte River in north Denver, it will also be home to community activities and hands-on water education for students and families.

Areas of focus


  • Data analysis + visualization
  • Policy research
  • Decision support


  • Support for business incubation + acceleration
  • Access to CSU researchers
  • Create solutions to water, food, energy challenges


  • K-12 and family experiential learning
  • Continuing education + professional development
  • Teacher training


  • Leasable lab space
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Research specific to NWC location

Fostering collaboration among:

  • Recreational groups
  • Municipalities
  • Agricultural businesses
  • Environmental groups
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Startups
  • Educators
  • Community members

Program Highlights

  • K-12 educational programs, including hands-on environmental education centered along newly restored mile of riverbank
  • Denver Water Advanced Water Quality Compliance Lab
  • Innovation Center linking public, private, non-profit organizations across water, energy, food and more that include:
    • Research and teaching lab space
    • Shared and leasable labs for developing new water, energy, food technologies
    • Co-working office and shared spaces
    • Support services for entrepreneurs, including direct links to CSU researchers, libraries, and staff
  • Easily accessible sources of challenged water (e.g., storm-, gray-, black-, and raw water) for water treatment research and testing
  • State of the art data analysis and visualization spaces
  • Use of the area around the WRC as a “living lab” and connections to the entire NWC site for research and demonstration of low impact design, green infrastructure, etc.
  • Conference space, café, public plaza, and other public spaces

Denver Water

CSU is working closely with Denver Water to create collaborative research and education opportunities at the CSU Water Building, which will also be home to Denver Water’s water quality testing program.

In the space, Denver Water will perform more than 200,000 tests annually, monitor water quality, and provide research and development opportunities for water quality applications.


    • Design:  Hord Coplan Macht / Smith Group
    • Construction:  JE Dunn

CSU Animal Health Building

The Animal Health Complex is one of three buildings on the Colorado State University Campus at the National Western Center.

The Complex will bring together university experts, veterinarians, service providers, and nonprofit organizations to create a collaborative space focused on animal health, human health, equine sports medicine and assisted therapy, and subsidized companion animal veterinary care to qualified families.

Students from Kindergarten to college-level will be able to engage in the space in different ways – observing medical procedures, engaging in hands-on learning commensurate to their grade level, and discovering career options in animal and human health.

Key components of the Animal Health Complex include:

  • K-20 educational facilities and programs: The Complex will offer experiential learning opportunities for students and community members, ranging from day camps to university-level research projects.
  • Private/nonprofit animal health partners: The site will act as a platform to bring together industry and civic organizations to create collaborative, positive outcomes for animals and humans.
  • Sports medicine and rehabilitation: Equine athlete needs will be managed on-site at the Complex, allowing for student observation and learning outcomes.
  • Temple Grandin Equine Center: As a second location of the TGEC, the Complex will provide Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy, a range of treatments that involve activities with horses to promote human physical and mental health.
  • Dumb Friends League: DFL will provide general animal welfare education, community connections to existing resources, and donor-subsidized companion animal veterinary care to qualified families through the Solutions Veterinary Hospital.


    • Construction:  JE Dunn

CSU Center

With CSU’s overall focus at the National Western Center on food systems, water, energy, environment, and health, the CSU Center will provide the facilities needed to provide experiential learning opportunities and impactful research within these areas of emphasis, rooted in the rich history and culture of the National Western Center.

The CSU Center will further the mission of global impact at the National Western Center by providing K-12 education, interactive learning opportunities for families, and flexible conference and exhibit space. The facility will tie together research, outreach, and education in an inspiring location, anchoring CSU in the heart of the National Western Center.

As part of its land-grant mission of outreach, education, and service, CSU has an Extension office serving every county in Colorado, and the CSU Center will serve as a space for Denver Urban Extension to respond to community educational requests and to offer a variety of resources, from gardening classes to energy audits.

CSU Center will also have flexible spaces for activities, including arts performances, business incubation, and laboratory research.


  • K-12 Food Systems Exploration Center
  • Classroom, lab, and shared exhibit space
  • Performing and visual arts space
  • Denver Urban Extension Center and community spaces
  • Business incubation and cross-sector collaboration


    • Design:  Award notification in February 2019
    • Construction:  Award notification in February 2019

For the most current CSU Project procurement information, please CLICK HERE.

Contact Us

CAA ICON Project Inquiries:

CAA ICON Phone:  (303) 796-2655



Direct Contacts:

Daniel Loosbrock, Project Executive (Vertical Development) – Dan.loosbrock@caaicon.com

Shawn Ropp, Project Executive (Pre-Development and Planning) – Shawn.ropp@caaicon.com

Rachel Quinn, Project Manager – Rachel.quinn@caaicon.com

Bill Baum, Project Manager – bill.baum@caaicon.com

Per the Office of the State Architect (OSA) and CSU procurement processes, once procurement is active all communication shall go through the Request for Clarification (RFC) process identified in the RFQ/RFPs. Additionally, all submissions in response to RFQ/RFP shall also follow the process identified in the RFQ/RFP. We want to ensure equity in the process and communication across all interested firms during this phase of the project.

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