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Hydro opens on Jan. 6!

Join project leadership, local community, and fellow business professionals on Jan. 6 to celebrate the CSU Spur campus completion and the opening of Hydro.

Things are flowing at Hydro

Hydro is Greek for water. Water is the source of all life, and as a headwaters state, Colorado’s water footprint impacts millions of people in multiple states and Mexico. Water flows much like culture — blurring physical barriers, creating life wherever it reaches, reaching far beyond its origins.

When Hydro opens in January 2023, you’ll find:

  • PreK-12 educational programs and exhibits
  • Lab space for food and water professionals and entrepreneurs, “on-show” to the public
  • Meeting space, indoor and outdoor event space, and a flexible theater with a capacity of up to 230 — all for Spur and for public and community use
  • Physical connectivity to the restored South Platte River, and a backyard space demonstrating the concepts of headwaters and watersheds, specifically illustrating the South Platte River, Arkansas River, Rio Grande, and Colorado River basins
  • Grey water catchment in the backyard space that will be used to flush toilets within Hydro
  • A cafe featuring items with produce grown on-site
  • Artist studios in the renovated McConnell building and leasable office spaces for water-focused NGOs and educational outlets
  • The permanent home for the CSU Masters of Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management; the CSU Spur annual Water in the West Symposium; and the research location for CSU Spur BioBlitzes
  • Art installations, including works by Jason Bruges, Eric Tillinghast, Nikki Pike, and Anthony Garcia, Sr. of Globeville’s Birdseed Collective

CSU Spur partners on site at Hydro

Denver Water will house its water quality lab at Hydro. Currently, Denver Water performs more than 70,000 tests annually to monitor water quality in its watershed as well as its treatment and distribution systems. The new laboratory will have the capacity to conduct more than 200,000 tests each year to keep up with increasing regulatory requirements and will allow for more state-of-the-art equipment and more efficient workspace for technicians. Its location at CSU Spur will provide more opportunity for Denver Water to collaborate with researchers on areas of innovation, policy, and education related to water challenges in urban, rural, and watershed environments.

The CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation will have its permanent home at Hydro. The Center supports and advances the health and connectivity of the natural systems and landscapes of North America — be they urban or rural, working or wildlands, public or private — and benefits from the active engagement and leadership of former U.S. Secretary of Interior, U.S. Senator, and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar.

Hydro is designed by Hord Coplan Macht and SmithGroup.