FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University is celebrating the opening of two new science buildings on its campus in Fort Collins Thursday through Saturday.
Work on the two buildings that were ready in August for the start of the school year — one for biology and another for chemistry — began in 2015. The buildings anchor the growing CSU Science Commons.
The LEED Gold-certified buildings are adjacent to one another and the future Health Education Outreach Center. The center is being designed by the same firms that designed the biology and chemistry buildings, Hord Coplan Macht Inc. and RATIO Architects. Centennial-based Haselden Construction was the general contractor.
The $58 million biology building has four stories and 154,000 square feet of space for teaching and research. It houses the CSU biology department, including research labs, special collections of rare books, manuscripts and objects used for teaching, faculty offices and space for collaboration. The building has classrooms, teaching labs, student common spaces, advising and tutoring offices and study rooms.
The $41 million chemistry building has 60,000 square feet of laboratory space. It includes 11 faculty labs, space for researchers, graduate students and undergraduates. Each floor’s main lab is centered around a particular area of research. The first floor is focused on materials chemistry. The second floor is centered on inorganic and polymer chemistry. The third-floor lab is for working on synthetic organic chemistry, and the fourth floor is geared toward chemical biology.
The HCM|Haselden design-build team is working with CSU to design and construct the…