The State Board of Agriculture today approved leasing nine acres of land owned by Colorado State University to enable construction of the Natural Resources Research Center to begin. Federal officials said the project will save more than $100 million over the next 20 years.
The Center will house a variety of federal agencies in several buildings in a campus-like setting at the university’s Center for Advanced Technology. Combining these agencies at one location is an important government reinvention activity, increasing efficiency and saving taxpayer money.
"We are delighted that the State Board, in approving this lease with the NRRC Facilities Corp., can bring to a successful conclusion nearly 10 year’s worth of talks and negotiations," said Judson Harper, Colorado State vice president for research and information technology. "This project could be a model for cost-effectiveness and efficiency for the entire federal government. When you add the obvious advantages of the proximity of this project to a research university like Colorado State, it’s easy to see why we’re all pleased about this project."
Construction is expected to begin later this summer, with the first building slated for completion in the summer of 1999.
The center’s buildings will house several Department of Agriculture units, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service/Information Technology Services, U.S. Forest Service, Office of Chief Information Officer-National Information Technology Center, Agricultural Research Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as well as the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey. The agencies will share administrative and support services.
The Natural Resources Research Center will eventually occupy a 30-acre parcel of land located north of Colorado State’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital on West Drake Road.