<strong>CSU Spur opens third and final building on Jan. 6; campus offers free, year-round, public education in Denver</strong> | TheFencePost.com
YOUR AD HERE »

CSU Spur opens third and final building on Jan. 6; campus offers free, year-round, public education in Denver

Hydro is the largest building on the CSU Spur campus, a free educational destination in Denver focused on educating the public and engaging the next generation in the inter-disciplinary areas of food, water, and health. Photo courtesy Colorado State University System
Spur-RFP-010922-2

DENVER — The Colorado State University Spur campus will soon be complete with the opening of the third and final building at CSU Spur, the Hydro building. A public ribbon-cutting and grand opening event was held on Jan. 6, 2023, at CSU Spur, 4817 National Western Dr., Denver, 80216.

CSU Spur is a one-of-a-kind campus that opened its first building, Vida, one year ago, launching a new campus that is free and open to the public and extends the reach and mission of the Colorado State University System.

Hydro is the largest building on the CSU Spur campus, a free educational destination in Denver focused on educating the public and engaging the next generation in the inter-disciplinary areas of food, water and health. 



Hydro is the largest building on the CSU Spur campus, a free educational destination in Denver focused on educating the public and engaging the next generation in the inter-disciplinary areas of food, water, and health. Photo courtesy Colorado State University System
Spur-RFP-010922-2

“Hydro provides an opportunity to expand the conversation around water challenges, not only here in the American West, but around the world. In Hydro, we will create a community that connects creative minds in policy, research, education, and innovation, in pursuit of solutions to our water challenges,” said Jocelyn Hittle, associate vice chancellor of CSU Spur. “The facility creates the space and support, but the programs and people that are coming are the most exciting aspect of completing the campus.”

WATER QUALITY LAB



Home to Denver Water’s new Water Quality Laboratory, the building will give people a glimpse into the extensive water testing and treatment of Colorado water. The building will house CSU programs, nonprofit organizations focused on water and water education, and connect visitors to the Western water story through educational exhibits and rotating programming, as well as opportunities to engage with professionals with water-focused careers. 

“Denver Water’s new, state-of-the-art water quality laboratory at Hydro ensures we can continue delivering a high-quality and safe drinking water supply to the 1.5 million people we serve across the Denver metro area,” said Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead. “Being part of the Spur campus also puts Denver Water in a space where we can better develop solutions to emerging water challenges for our customers and the state, while expanding on our robust youth education program to develop future water leaders.”

An outdoor space — dubbed “The Backyard” — wraps the west-facing side of the building and connects to the nearby open space along the South Platte River. In addition to exhibits and artwork welcoming play, The Backyard’s landscape architecture tells the story of Colorado’s watersheds and its role as a headwaters state.  

A structure built in 1930 was purchased and restored to connect to the Hydro building. Called “The Shop” for its numerous past uses, which include an auto mechanic shop and a welders’ workshop, the renovated building will house offices for several non-profit organizations and artist studio spaces that provide the public a glimpse into art creation.

Attractions within the Hydro building:

  • Graywater collection and usage in flushing toilets within the building, in line with water conservation practices
  • A cafe featuring items with produce grown on-site at Spur in the Terra building
  • Art installations, including works by Jason Bruges, Nikki Pike, and Anthony Garcia Sr. of Globeville’s Birdseed Collective. Installation by Eric Tillinghast coming in 2023.
  • A flexible theater space that can hold up to 230 people
  • Meeting space and indoor and outdoor event spaces
  • PreK-12 educational programs and exhibits
  • Lab space for food and water professionals and entrepreneurs, “on-show” to the public
  • The permanent home for the CSU Masters of Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management; the Ag Innovation Center, and the CSU Spur annual Water in the West Symposium

CSU Spur hours

  • CSU Spur is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day during the National Western Stock Show (Jan. 7-22).
  • Following the Stock Show, CSU Spur will resume its regular year-round hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second Saturday of the month.

Events at CSU Spur during the National Western Stock Show (Visit CSUSpur.org for a full calendar of events)

  • Jan. 6: Grand opening of CSU Spur’s Hydro building
  • Jan. 10: Special programming at CSU Spur
  • Jan. 14: CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show, special programming at CSU Spur
  • Jan. 16: Special programming at CSU Spur
  • Jan. 17: Exceptional Rodeo at the CSU Spur Vida arena with Temple Grandin

About CSU Spur

CSU Spur is a new, free learning destination open year-round in Denver, focused on engaging K-12 students, families, and visitors around food, water, and health. CSU Spur showcases the work of the CSU System campuses: CSU, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global, while advancing knowledge on topics in food, water, health and sustainability. Spur is built upon the land-grant mission of access to education. To inspire lifelong learners to engage in important world issues, CSU Spur brings together scientists at work with youth and families, showcasing career paths, while creating a space and place for collaboration across disciplines. The CSU Spur campus provides immersive learning experiences and cutting-edge research across three buildings: Vida, Terra, and Hydro. Learn more at CSUSpur.org

About Denver Water

Denver Water proudly serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.5 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs. Established in 1918, the utility is a public agency funded by water rates, new tap fees and the sale of hydropower, not taxes. It is Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility. Subscribe to TAP to hydrate your mind, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

Western Daughters Kitchen, the café opening within the Hydro building

Western Daughters is a whole animal butcher shop specializing in 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef and lamb and pasture raised pork and chicken. All its meat comes from within 200 miles of its doorstep and is antibiotic and hormone-free. Western Daughters believes in working closely with farmers and ranchers to support local ecosystems and economies alike — which is why 50 cents of every dollar spent at Western Daughters goes back to the rancher. 

Jason Bruges Studio, art installation at CSU Spur

Jason Bruges Studio is a dynamic, multidisciplinary art and design practice based in London. Established in 2002, the Studio is internationally renowned as a pioneer of the hybrid space between art, architecture and technology. Through intervening in the urban environment, the Studio produces moments of theatre that weave a sense of magic into the fabric of a place. Bespoke and site-specific, each project explores interrelationships between people, data, nature and technology. Telling stories and creating conversations, the artworks bring people together to ultimately surprise, delight and stir the imagination.

More Like This, Tap A Topic
news

[placeholder]