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CSU Buildings and Grounds History

A history of CSU's building and grounds from 1870 to the present.

Natural Resources Research Laboratory/Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, 1968-

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 - Physical Plant Department staff

971 Amy Van Dyken Way

Activity related to the College of Forestry and Natural Resources was accommodated in this small building located behind the Forestry and J. V. K. Wagar Buildings. It was designed by Physical Plant Department staff members.  Originally, this building was intended to serve as the National Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL).  The NREL was established in 1967 to administer the multidisciplinary Grassland Biome Study of the International Biological Program (IBP). This program ran from 1968 until 1974.

In November 1971 the NREL functions were moved to the original Grasslands Laboratory on Lake Street. This building began being used by the Natural Resources Research Laboratory (NRRL).  In September 1974 the State Board of Agriculture renamed the building Natural Resources Research Laboratory. Today this facility is utilized as a research lab for the Forest Sciences and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Departments.

Sources by Gordon A. Hazard

Grassland Biome International Biological Program Newsletter, December 1968, page 1, number 2.

CSU Collegian, September 25, 1969, page 5, vol. LXXVIII, number 8.

CSU Comments, September 26, 1974, page 5, vol. 5, number 6.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, September 13, 1974, page 535.

“A History of Colorado State University 1870 – 1974”, by James E. Hansen II, 1974.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, November 4, 1997, page 3, vol. 106, number 52.

Ram Page, December 1997 / January 1998, page 2, vol. 16, number 3.

“Visionary Leadership, the Memoirs of William E. Morgan”, page 97, by Connie Pheiffenberger, 2005.

Information from Julia Innis of Facilities Management in September 2016.

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