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Hartshorn Building/Duane F. Hartshorn Student Health Center/Student Health Center, 1964-

A building with an entryway and wall of glass perpendicular to a two-story stone wall.

Duane F. Hartshorn Student Health Center, 1964

From CSU's Sense of Place:  A Campus History of Colorado's Land-Grant University, by James E. Hansen, Gordon A. Hazard, and Linda M. Meyer.  Fort Collins, CO:  Colorado State University, 2018.

Architect – James M. Hunter and Associates

Builder - Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley

600 Hughes Way

The new $750,000 building to house the Student Health Services began construction just north of Aylesworth Hall in October 1962.  Built by the Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley, it was designed by James M. Hunter to replace the very old building on the Oval, now called Laurel Hall.

It was built to service the rapidly growing student population with outpatient clinical health services as well as having beds and staff to care for patients needing overnight hospital care.  The Student Health Center was originally scheduled to open in September 1963, but it did not open until March 1964 due to construction delays.  Its final cost was $921,000 which included $100,000 in furnishings and fixtures.

Dr. Duane F. Hartshorn, M.D. was a CSU alumnus and served as the Director of Student Health Services from 1936 until his retirement in 1965.  He was instrumental in getting this new building constructed.  The Student Health Center was a major step to improve the facilities that had been used in Laurel Hall for the previous 30 years.  A week following his death on June 2, 1969, the State Board of Agriculture voted to name the building the “Duane F. Hartshorn Student Health Center”. Its formal rededication took place on August 16, 1970. From 1967 until the night of the flash flood of July 28, 1997, the basement level was headquarters of the University Police Department.

In November 2014, an announcement was made that plans were moving ahead to build a new four-story, $59 million CSU Health and Medical Center located on the northwest corner of South College Avenue and West Prospect Road.  The plan to pay for the new larger building included the partnering of the CSU Health Network with the University of Colorado Health and Columbine Health Systems.  The CSU Health and Medical Center opened in June 2017.  It has been designed to accommodate a campus population of 30,000 and a staff of 250. 

In the fall of 2017, offices connected with the Vice President for Diversity moved into the Hartshorn Building.  Over the next several months several offices once housed in Alyesworth Hall including Department of English offices took over space in the building.  The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management moved its “Clarence Preston Gillette Museum of Anthropod Diversity” and “Bruner Family Library” over from Laurel Hall to enjoy much more modern and safer facilities to house their collections.

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