CSU Spur Facilities

The Colorado State University System (CSU) serves more than 53,000 students worldwide, and includes three institutions: CSU in Fort Collins, CSU Global, and CSU Pueblo.

CSU Spur brings the expertise of the CSU System campuses to the public, with a one-of-a-kind campus that will be public-facing and accessible to everyone.

When the campus is finished in 2022, CSU Spur will consist of three buildings and will open its doors year-round to all learners.

CSU Spur will host families and tourists, K-12 student field trips, conferences, and meetings; it will house researchers in state-of-the-art labs; college students pursuing degrees in fields related to agriculture and sustainability; and local artists creating pieces in on-site studios. Learn more at CSUSpur.org.

About CSU Spur

The educational anchor of the new National Western Center is CSU Spur, an educational destination consisting of three buildings that will be free and open to the public. CSU Spur will invite visitors to see, learn, and do — with a goal of inspiring the next generation to engage in big world issues of water, food, and health.


CSU Spur: Hydro

The CSU Spur Hydro building, focused on water, will be a platform for water education, research, innovation, and policy. Opening in 2022, Hydro will bring together water experts and thought leaders to address the most pressing water issues facing the region, the country, and the world.

Key components of Hydro include:

  • 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 building as a “living lab” and connections to the entire campus 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 Hydro, 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 and Construction Team:

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

CSU Spur: Vida

Vida 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 Vida include:

  • Connections to CSU’s world-class veterinary medicine program
  • The second location of CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center, where horses will assist with human therapy sessions, and visitors can watch them in action
  • A Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital offering a donor-subsidized clinic for companion animals, and an opportunity for the public to watch dogs and cats in surgery
  • Horses building strength or rehabilitating — watch them walk on underwater treadmills!

Design and Construction Team

    • Design: The Clark Enersen Partners
    • Construction:  JE Dunn

CSU Spur: Terra

With CSU’s overall focus at the National Western Center on food systems, water, energy, environment, and health, the CSU Spur Terra building, focused on food and agriculture, 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.

As part of its land-grant mission of outreach, education, and service, CSU has an Extension office serving every county in Colorado, and Terra 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.

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

Key components of Terra include:

  • Summer camps
  • K-12 Ag Discovery Center
  • CAM’s Ag Academy Lab
  • Urban agriculture research
  • A food lab and public teaching kitchen
  • Vertical gardens
  • Rooftop greenhouses and a green roof

Design and Construction Team

    • Design:  Anderson Mason Dale
    • Construction:  JE Dunn


Contact Us

Project Inquiries:

CSU Owner’s Representative – CAA ICON

Phone:  (303) 796-2655


Direct Contacts:

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

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

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