What’s happening at CSU Spur
Stay up to date on all the latest developments and exciting changes as CSU Spur continues to grow.
Op-ed from Tony Frank, CSU System Chancellor, and Kathay Rennels, Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Rural-Urban Initiatives, on the disconnect between urban and rural cultures over a wide range of issues and how CSU Spur — and specifically the new Terra building — can hope to help bridge the gap.
Many of the first visitors to the newly-opened Terra building on the Colorado State University Spur campus left with their own soil, garden plants and ready-to-bake bread dough – but most importantly, with newfound knowledge about the science behind the food they eat every day.
Metro Denver area youth will get the chance to find out where their food comes from and connect with the state’s agriculture industry, with the Wednesday opening of Colorado State University’s second building on its Spur campus downtown.
The Morgridge Family Foundation has imparted a transformational gift of $3 million to support the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences and educational programming at the new public-facing CSU Spur campus in Denver.
Growing up in Globeville on Denver’s northern side, the opportunity for Jasmine Godinez to make connections with horses simply did not exist. Now a graduating equine science student, Godinez is wrapping up the first-ever internship at the Colorado State University System’s new Spur Campus.
The National Western Center and its partners recently launched the largest wastewater heat recovery system in the United States.
Field trips at CSU Spur are custom-built to fit the needs of educators and their classes. In the first CSU Spur building – Vida, which opened Jan. 7 – experiences can include watching therapy with horses that live onsite as part of the Temple Grandin Equine Center, trying virtual reality programming, exploring interactive exhibits, seeing equine athletes walk on underwater treadmills, and more.
The Denver Gazette: Colorado State University bringing agriculture, veterinary education to downtown Denver
Vida, which is Spanish for “life,” is the first of three buildings on the Spur Campus. Coming later this year are the Terra and Hydro buildings. Officials describe it as a “free educational year-round public destination in Denver focused on engaging K-12 students, families, and visitors around food, water, and health.”
On Jan. 7, the Colorado State University System will open CSU Spur, a year-round and first-of-its-kind public destination in Denver, located at the National Western Center.
In early 2022, the Dumb Friends League will expand their inclusive approach at their new Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur.
As the Fourth Annual CSU Spur Water in the West Symposium convened experts from across the country on Wednesday, the focus was on learning from one another’s successes and finding solutions at-scale to water issues.
CSU Spur will open its first building in January, but will host its fourth annual Water in the West Symposium on Nov. 3-4, hosting speakers to discuss solution of scale. The 2021 Symposium will be hosted virtually, but plans to return to in-person in 2022.
The Denver Post: CSU’s “non-degree” Denver campus will be used to attract the 37% of kids who don’t go to college
Colorado State University Chancellor Tony Frank is fixated on the 56,505 babies born around the state in 1997. One-third of them graduated by age 25 from college, data analyzed by CSU administrators shows, and 37% never enrolled.
The final steel beam will be laid on the Hydro building at the new CSU Spur campus on Sept. 16, marking a milestone for the largest and final building at CSU Spur.
Vertical steel construction is underway at Hydro – the final of three buildings at the CSU Spur campus in Denver to hit this major construction milestone.
CSU announces new Master of Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management program at Spur campus in Denver
Beginning Fall 2022, students can enroll in CSU’s new Master of Agribusiness & Food Innovation Management (MAFIM). The face-to-face program will be hosted at the new Spur Campus at the National Western Center in Denver.
One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive at CSU Spur is all the glass. The new Colorado State University System campus at the National Western Center in Denver will be home to research collaborations, student engagement opportunities, and industry partnerships. but more than anything, it’s being built for the public.
CPR: ‘Sewer heat’ could be hidden ally against climate change. Here’s how Denver is pulling it to the surface
The largest sewer heat-recovery project in North America is now under construction in Denver at the National Western Center redevelopment, all of which will be heated and cooled with a heavy dose of heat from sewer pipes below the 250-acre campus.
The Denver Post: Birds, bugs, invasive plants and beaver endure along Denver’s polluted South Platte River
Coordinated by CSU as construction crews build a CSU campus and re-develop the National Western Stock Show site on 250 acres just east of the South Platte, the “bioblitz” survey data is building a baseline biological inventory of plants, bugs, and animal species as development transforms the city.
Denverite: Scientists are counting South Platte critters to see what happens as the river gets redeveloped
The third-annual South Platte BioBlitz is a regular count of all kinds of wildlife that thrive where the Platte passes the National Western Center, a massive construction project that’s turning historic stockyards and this isolated stretch of river into a center of commerce and culture.
The final steel beam is scheduled to be placed on the second building at the CSU Spur campus at 11 a.m. on April 20, signaling a major construction milestone for the Colorado State University System project. The moment – called a “topping out” – will be captured via livestream.
Plants and wildlife along the South Platte River are getting an annual check up this week. A program at Colorado State University called Bio Blitz takes place April 15 and 16.
Juniors at Bruce Randolph planted their new school garden just in time for Earth Day on April 22. The garden help provide healthy options to students. It’s part of the Denver Public School district’s agriculture program.
The Coloradoan: ‘Diamonds in the rough’: Rescued horses training to become therapy animals at CSU equine center
CSU’s Right Horse Program began in spring 2019. In the program, students are paired with horses and help train them to become therapy horses, lesson horses or personal horses for individual adopters.
Denver Post: Denver ready to spend $274 million in bonds for upgrades to National Western Center and Colorado Convention Center upgrades
The Denver City Council agreed Monday evening to issue those bonds, which voters approved in a 2015 measure. The council unanimously approved the package as part of its consent agenda, signaling a lack of controversy about the bond issue.
Construction crews added the final steel beam on Friday to the first CSU Spur building in Denver — Vida. The topping out marked a major milestone for the campus located at the National Western Complex.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tom Vilsack — the former governor of Iowa who served as strategic adviser of food and water initiatives at CSU Spur for the Colorado State University System — for his second stint as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Denver Post: New arena, public market and other National Western Center upgrades put on hold as Denver faces economic woes
City officials plan to use $274 million in bonds — yet to be approved by the City Council — for long-planned early-phase upgrades and expansions to the National Western Center and the Colorado Convention Center. But later phases at the National Western Center including a new 10,000-seat arena, an exposition hall and a public market in the to-be-renovated 1909 Stadium Arena are on hold.
Kathryn Venzor has joined the CSU Spur team as the Director of Education, bringing more than 17 years of experience in curriculum and program development, environmental conservation, and community engagement.
Denver Post: Hoof prints out, tire tracks in: Canceled 2021 Stock Show leaves room for construction project
Officials have pointed to a silver lining around the cancellation, and it’s playing out on the National Western Campus right now. No stock show means more time and flexibility to make progress on the $1 billion redevelopment project underway on the 250-acre, city-owned property.
CSU has partnered with the National Western Stock Show since the beginning and even used to close the campus during the Stock Show to let students compete in show events. The partnership has always been strong, and in 2022, CSU System will open CSU Spur on the grounds of the Stock Show.
This year’s program focused on the critical role storytelling plays in building and driving social and environmental movements — specifically, how stories and various media can lead to greater public awareness around water issues, and also inspire actions necessary to solve and address them.
Today, the CSU System breaks ground on Hydro — the final of three buildings at its CSU Spur campus, focused on water. The CSU Spur Terra building, focused on food and agriculture, broke ground in September. Vida, the building focused on animal and human health, broke ground in May.
Tyler Wagner, a 22-year-old Construction Management student, will graduate from CSU in December 2020, and already has professional experience working on behalf of the University. This summer, he took on an internship with JE Dunn, the general contractor for CSU Spur.
True to its mission as an initial offering of the CSU Spur campus opening in 2022, the Water in the West Symposium brings together diverse speakers to discuss water issues in the West and beyond — a topic of increasing importance as fires and droughts top headlines.
As part of a partnership with the CSU System, eight students in CSU’s Department of Art and Art History painted images of Colorado’s official state fish, bird and flower on a building that will be renovated and eventually attached to the water building at the CSU Spur campus.
Eight Colorado State University graduate students have been invited to paint a mural on a building that will become part of the future CSU System’s Spur campus, as part of this month’s CRUSH Walls, a street art festival in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District.
Together We Grow convenes thought leaders to foster diversity and inclusion in higher ed, agriculture
On July 30, five higher education thought leaders convened virtually to share their stories and perspectives on the future of higher education, focusing primarily on the role colleges and universities can and should play in diversifying the U.S. agricultural workforce.
Kerri Wright Platais, special advisor to the chancellor on international agriculture for CSU Spur, and host Matt Barry of the National Western Center discuss Kerri’s work creating the North American Agriculture Advisory Network (NAAAN), its role in disseminating biodefense best practices, and how these efforts relate to current and future pandemics.
Eight artists, including four from Colorado, will create large-format artworks for the new campus, which opens in 2022.
Colorado State University System broke ground today on a new Denver campus — called Spur — which will invite the public to explore and interact with educational content around water, food, and health.
CSU System selects CDR Associates to lead strategic planning for water policy institute at Spur campus
Colorado State University System has selected CDR Associates as the lead consultant to conduct strategic planning for a water policy institute at the future Spur campus at the National Western Center in north Denver.
Together We Grow (TWG), a consortium of some of the world’s largest agribusiness interests focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce, today announced the appointment of its board of directors.
On April 30 at 1:30 p.m., the Colorado State University System will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its planned Spur campus, a major component of the future National Western Center in north Denver.
Colorado State University is building upon its global reputation as an innovative leader in sustainability by becoming the only institution in the world to earn three Platinum ratings from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
On Jan. 31, CSU System campuses and partners hosted the annual event designed to prepare more than 750 students for college and life after high school.
CSU Denver Extension partners with Denver Public Library to support after-school STEM programs for youth
Denver Extension’s community outreach efforts and youth development programs are opportunities to bridge the rural-urban divide.
On Jan. 7, CSU hosted the Colorado Food Summit, which included conversations resembling those that will happen at CSU System’s future Spur campus at the National Western Center.
Recruiting employees from diverse backgrounds is only one part of the equation – retention of those employees is equally important.
Today, the Colorado State University System unveiled “Spur” as its new brand for the university system’s presence at the National Western Center.
New student mentorship program helps CSU Little Shop of Physics program expand impact during school visits.
Bruce Randolph School students showcase first Youth Memory Project with CSU System and History Colorado
The project culminated in an open house on Nov. 20 where students shared written, oral, and visual histories.
Together We Grow is a consortium of some of the world’s largest agribusiness interests focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce.
After a bomb cyclone postponed the 2019 Water in the West Symposium, the sold-out crowd convened at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center to discuss solutions to a broad range of water-related challenges.
Many of us think of “biodefense” as how we defend against a biological weapons attack, but for agriculture, the term has a more layered connotation.
Colorado State University System will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium Nov. 6-7, to highlight solutions to one of the greatest global issues: water.
For the fifth year, students and faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences brought free veterinary care, community education, and health resources to Denver’s Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.
On Sept. 21, students from CSU’s Women in Construction club and Women Engaging in Construction Mentoring program volunteered to complete home improvement projects in north Denver.
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Colorado State University System and Minds Matter are working together to ensure a clear pathway to college for high-achieving, low-income students across the state.
A project five years in the making will soon be the Colorado State University System’s newest location in the state.
Executive Vice Chancellor Amy Parsons talks about CSU’s involvement with the redevelopment of the National Western Center in Denver.
The Colorado State University System has selected Colorado-based design firm Anderson Mason Dale Architects (AMD) to complete the CSU Center for Food and Agriculture, one of three buildings comprising the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center redevelopment.
In April, the CSU System signed a formal memorandum of understanding with Bruce Randolph School to continue offering a variety of college- and career-readiness programs to north Denver students.
Michael McGrady lives with a rare neurological disorder and never thought his dream of working with horses would come true. But earlier this month, that all changed, when Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center in north Denver hired McGrady to assist with the facility’s upkeep.
The CSU System today announced that the Water in the West Symposium is rescheduled for November 6-7, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora, CO 80019.
The Colorado State University System awarded its Construction Management/General Contractor (CMGC) procurement contract for the construction of its three buildings at the CSU Campus at the National Western Center, taking it one step closer to development of the north Denver site.
Colorado State University will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium on March 13-14, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies, to convene diverse experts and thought leaders to highlight solutions and collaborate on one of the greatest global issues: water.
Colorado State University partnered with Bruce Randolph School to host a full-day experience to help freshmen navigate pathways to higher education early in their high school careers.
Denver Post: National Western Stock Show celebrates “Year of Yards” as big changes loom for Denver institution
2019 will be the last year National Western’s stock yards remain in historic home. That’s just one aspect of the transformation ahead.
In Denver, work is about to begin on the $765 million redevelopment of the National Western Center, home to the 113-year-old National Western Stock Show.
Discount tickets available for Saturday, Jan. 19 rodeo and grounds admission.
University selects The Clark Enersen Partners to complete the design for building at National Western Center
Colorado State University announced that it has selected The Clark Enersen Partners as the design team for the CSU Animal Health Complex – one of three buildings on the CSU Campus at the National Western Center, which will break ground in early 2020.
Big projects have rarely been kind to the residents of the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.
The National Western Center Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Brad Buchanan chief executive officer (CEO) for the National Western Center Authority.
The Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) today announced that EAS Energy Partners (EAS) has been selected to enter into an exclusive negotiation to become the official campus energy partner of the National Western Center (NWC).
Colorado State University selects design partner for first building at landmark National Western Center
Colorado State University announced today that it has selected the team of Hord Coplan Macht and SmithGroup as the design team for the CSU Water Building at the National Western Center, the first building to break ground as part of the landmark redevelopment project.
The National Western Center Youth Water Project is an eight-week internship that plans and delivers the 5280 Youth Water Expo 2018, in Argo Park Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Four distinct campus groups hosted CSU’s booth at the eighth annual Denver County Fair, held at the National Western Complex in north Denver. The event broke its own attendance record last weekend, attracting nearly 20,000 people.
The symposium, presented by CSU in downtown Denver, showcased more than 30 speakers from across the state and nation representing diverse perspectives in water.
Current United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Former Secretary Tom Vilsack are among the experts joining Colorado State University’s inaugural Water in the West Symposium on April 26-27, in Denver.