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Computer Science Building, 2009-

A color photograph of a large four-story building with predominantly glass windows. It is situated on a plaza with a flagpole to the side.

The Computer Science Building on the Plaza, 2009

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 – Anderson-Mason-Dale Architects of Denver (John D. Anderson, Ronald L. Mason and Curtis F. Dale), BHA Design, Inc. (Landscape Architect)

Builder – Mark Young Construction, Incorporated

1100 Center Avenue Mall

The four-story, 45,000 square feet Computer Science Building was designed and built as an office and state-of-the-art classroom facility dedicated for use by the Department of Computer Science. The architectural firm of Anderson-Mason-Dale Architects of Denver designed the building. The landscaping around the building was designed by BHA Design, Inc. 

Starting in the summer of 2007, it was built by the Mark Young Construction Company.  Costing $14 million, it was designed with the latest technology available and was designed to accept new technologies as they become available. Out of that cost, about $12.9 million came from student fees. The imposing new building opened for classes in January 2009. Its official grand opening and dedication ceremony was held on April 24, 2009.

The Computer Science Building is situated in a prominent location at the crossroads of the Plaza across from the Lory Student Center and Morgan Library.This site was once the parking lot for the Glover Veterinary Hospital. From 1989 until 2007 it was the “Natural Resources Commons” quadrangle. The building is the focal point for students learning computer science principles and practice. One of the three large computer labs on the ground floor was designed to be open 24 hours a day.

Sources by Gordon A. Hazard

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, December 7, 1971, page 59.

Board of Governors Minutes, August 26, 2005, page E2-E2p.13 B1p.10.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, March 23, 2007, page 1, vol. 115, number 126.

Board of Governors Minutes, June 20, 2007, page 5.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, January 25, 2008, page 2, vol. 116, number 91.

Information from Julia Innis of Facilities Management in September 2016.

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