Media Advisory: CSU celebrates groundbreaking of chemistry research and biology buildings Oct. 15

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Colorado State University students, dignitaries and members of the campus community will officially celebrate the groundbreaking of the chemistry research and biology buildings at a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the building site east of the Anatomy/Zoology building between Pitkin and Lake Streets on campus.

Featured speakers include CSU President Tony Frank, College of Natural Sciences Dean Jan Nerger, Associated Students of Colorado State University President Jason Sydoriak and University Facility Fee Advisory Board Chair Sam Laffey.

The biology building is the larger of the projects and will add 152,000 square feet of classroom, research and office space for a program that has been bursting at the seams for several years. The entire biology program will move from its current location in the Anatomy/Zoology building.

Students voted to increase fees to provide significant funding for the construction of the biology building. Fittingly, it is designed as a student-focused environment that encourages students to meet and work with classmates and faculty.

The chemistry research building will be 61,000 square feet, with most of it dedicated to synthetic chemistry research. The new space will allow CSU to expand research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students in a collaborative environment.

Although state funds will pay for much of the new chemistry research building, CSU will actively raise funds for both buildings, as well as for needed renovations within the existing chemistry building. Construction has already begun on the biology building, while work on the chemistry research building begins later this year. Both will be completed by fall 2017.

When the new buildings are in place, they will be the gateway to the new science mall in the south-central part of campus. These two new buildings exemplify the College of Natural Sciences’ theme “Discovery Begins Here.”

The public is invited to the groundbreaking at the site on the east side of the Anatomy and Zoology building. Additional information and a map can be found at