Note to Reporters: An architectural rendering of the new Powerhouse Energy Campus is available at http://www.news.colostate.edu/.
Parking is available to the south of the Powerhouse, across the train tracks behind the Art Center and Quick Lube.
The Powerhouse Energy Campus at Colorado State University will hold a Grand Opening ceremony on Thursday, April 17. The ceremony starts at 3 p.m. at the research facility at 430 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins and will be followed by a reception, student poster session and tours. The Neenan Company, which oversaw design and construction of the Powerhouse, will have information about the project. The Powerhouse campus includes the old Fort Collins Power Plant, the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Lab, and a new 65,000-square-foot addition.
What: Grand Opening of the Powerhouse Energy Campus at Colorado State University
Where: 430 N. College Ave., Fort Collins
When: 3-5 p.m., Thursday, April 17
Who: Keynote speakers are Pasquale D. Gambatese, director of Energy Policy in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force; and Gerard Ostheimer, sustainable bioenergy lead at United Nations Sustainable Energy for All.
Why: The Powerhouse Energy Campus is now open and occupied by researchers and students. Construction on the $18.5 million expansion, which included remodeling the CSU Engines and Energy Conversion Lab and adding 65,000 square feet of new office and research space, began in October 2012. The new facility contains many custom-designed energy efficient features such as specialized LED lighting, a rooftop solar array and a cooling system that does not use traditional air conditioning.