Colorado State University, in partnership with Pinkard Construction and 4240 Architecture, is currently transforming the Warner College of Natural Resources on the Fort Collins campus in preparation for the next generation of learners. Named for the primary donor, the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building will incorporate a full facility modernization with an overhaul and expansion of the College’s programmatic offerings. In total, the project will see 113,000-SF of fire protection upgrades to existing space and 45,000-SF of new construction to meet the college’s growing needs. New programmatic features of the revitalized facilities will include a student success center, state-of-the-art teaching labs, meeting space, and a new home for the Center for Collaborative Conservation.
Rethinking the building as the front door to the College of Natural Resources, a bold new entrance incorporates a 55-ft structural turned glulam column that extends dramatically to the 4th level terrace’s cantilevered roof. The architecture reflects both nature and the meticulous, delicate pursuit of scientific truths sought by the programs housed within through strong, transparent connections with outdoor views and durable sustainable materials. Natural daylighting, use of regional building materials, and a living green wall add environmentally-friendly charm and character.
Construction services began in the summer of 2017 and the new and reposition facilities are expected to welcome students for the Fall of 2018 semester.
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