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Colorado State breaks ground on third building for planned Denver campus

Oct. 28, 2020
The Hydro building, along with the Terra and Vida buildings, will make up the CSU Spur campus set to open in Denver in 2022.

Colorado State University has broken ground on a third building that will be part of a new campus in Denver.

The building, called Hydro, is being constructed as part of the future CSU Spur campus that is set to open in 2022 near I-25 and I-70 in Denver.

The other two buildings are already under construction: the Terra, focused on food and agriculture, and the Vida, focused on animal and human health.

The university says the Spur campus will be the first of its kind in the nation — an urban, public-facing campus focused on global challenges, that deploys the resources, programs, and research of diverse partners and an entire university system: the main campus in Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global, they system's online campus.

The CSU Spur campus buildings (Hydro, Terra, and Vida) add up to nearly 300,000 square feet of space. Visitors can take part in the action by watching scientists in labs, veterinarians in surgery, artists in studio — and by exploring interactive exhibits throughout all three buildings.

The Spur will also be a place for professionals and community members to convene, collaborate, or simply relax with free WiFi and a cup of coffee. Outside, the public will find interactive art, open natural areas, access to a restored section of the South Platte River, and connection to the rest of the future 250-acre National Western Center, a year-round experiential site.

Programs within Hydro will build upon CSU’s expertise in water, and contribute to the  campus mission of convening partners and experts for the public good.

The Hydro building at CSU Spur also will showcase a partnership with Denver Water, as it brings its new and expanded water quality lab to the site

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