Building for the Future

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Graduate student Molly Carpenter works in Rebekah Kading’s lab in the new Center for Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, which opened in October 2020. (CSU photo)

Center for Vector-Borne and Infectious Diseases

The $22.9 million building opened October 2020, with 41,000 square feet of laboratory space, insectaries, and offices. Located on the Foothills Campus, the center is the new home for about 80 individuals in 10 labs. The laboratory space is open concept, allocating benches to research groups in an expansive area, with convenient access to tissue culture suites and insectaries, as well as large internal windows that look out on the surrounding open office spaces.

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The new equine hospital will have ample space for horses and their owners. (CVMBS photo)

Johnson Family Equine Hospital (Phase 1)

Located north of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the new equine hospital will open this summer. Serving approximately 30 clinicians caring for more than 4,000 equine patients annually, it features separate inpatient, critical care, and outpatient wings, with improved traffic flow and streamlined patient drop-off. The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation donated $10 million toward phase one of the $34.6 million project.

Bay Facility

The Bay Facility will open in late summer, with procedure space and holding rooms for rodents, rabbits, cats, dogs, and livestock. The $6.25 million building supports the research programs in the Veterinary Health System.

Vida on the Spur Campus at the National Western Center

Rendering of the Vida building
Vida will open in January 2022.

The $65 million Vida building will bring together university experts, veterinarians, service providers, and nonprofit organizations to create a collaborative space focused on animal health, human health, equine sports medicine and assisted therapy, and subsidized companion animal veterinary care to qualified families through the Denver Dumb Friends League. Opening January 2022.

Biomedical Discovery Center

The Biomedical Discovery Center (currently in concept phase) would replace the Physiology Building on the corner of Lake Street and Center Avenue on the main campus. Our vision for this new building is to create an experiential learning environment for undergraduates, with research programs and transdisciplinary teams that broadly engage students and the community.

Veterinary Health Complex Master Plan

rendering of the CSU Primary Care Clinic
Design on the Veterinary Education Center and Primary Care Clinic will begin in 2022. (Clark & Enerson rendering)

The Veterinary Health Complex covers college buildings on the South Campus, including the Johnson Family Equine Hospital, Orthopaedic Research Center, C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute, Diagnostic Medicine Center, James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Flint Animal Cancer Center, and a new Veterinary Education Center and Primary Care Clinic.

Veterinary Education Center and Primary Care Clinic

Currently in the design phase, this new building adjacent to the Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital will house a primary care clinic, offices and classroom space that will accommodate second-year veterinary students on the South Campus. Construction is anticipated to begin late 2022. Additional plans call for renovation of the existing hospital into an animal specialty hospital.

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