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Yates Hall/Chemistry-Biosciences Hall, 2002-

Al Yates and family are standing on a sidewalk outside near a large building on a rainy day.

Dedication of Albert C. Yates Hall, April 24, 2003

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.

Architects - Tom Obermeier and Alan Zeigel of OZ Architecture of Denver

Builder – Hensel Phelps Construction Company

1330 Center Avenue Mall

Architects Tom Obermeier and Alan Zeigel of OZ Architecture of Denver designed this massive building to span the Center Avenue Mall running through the Main Campus and to connect two existing science buildings. The Hensel Phelps Construction Company began construction on the “Chemistry–Biosciences Hall” in the summer of 2000.  It was completed in the summer of 2002 and it cost $20 million.  On April 24, 2003, it was renamed in honor of Colorado State University's President Albert C. Yates as he went into retirement.

“Yates Hall” is occupied by a multitude of departments such as Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology as well as the Biocore Program. The building houses 27 laboratories and a 295-seat auditorium.  This five-story structure is physically connected to the Chemistry Building and the Anatomy/Zoology Building creating a massive building complex.  The pedestrian/bicycle mall that was once Center Avenue runs under the elevated center portion of “Yates Hall” as people pass through its unique archway located just south of the landmark Newton’s Corner sculpture.

Sources by Gordon A. Hazard

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, June 11, 1997.

Comment, May 6, 1999, pages 1, 3, vol. 29, number 30.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, August 17, 2000, page 3, vol. 109, number 1.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, March 16, 2001, page 1, vol. 109, number 112.

Comment, September 13, 2001, page 3, vol. 32, number 4.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, January 15, 2002, page 1, vol. 110, number 74.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, January 24, 2002, pages 1 and 3, vol. 111, number 79.

Comment, February 14, 2002, page 1, vol. 32, number 20.

Colorado State University Alumni, spring 2002, page 30.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, August 22, 2002, pages 1 and 5, vol. 111, number 9.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, August 27, 2002, page 5, vol. 111, number 12.

Comment, September 5, 2002, page 5, vol. 33, number 1.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, October 17, 2002, page 1, vol. 111, number 48.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, February 5, 2003, page 1, vol. 111, number 89.

Comment, February 6, 2003, page 1, vol. 33, number 5.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, February 18, 2003, page 1, vol. 111, number 98.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, April 25, 2003, pages 1 and 3, vol. 111, number 139.

Comment, May 1, 2003, page 5, vol. 33, number 8.

Comment, September 3, 2003, page 1, vol. 34, number 1.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, October 14, 2003, page 5, vol. 112, number 37.

CSU Architects Alpha List, March 17, 2015, by James E. Hansen II.

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