CSU hosts construction informational meetings in October

As any member of Colorado State University knows, construction is nearly always happening, and it can be inconvenient. To avoid any surprises, attend an informational meeting hosted by Facilities Management.

These presentations will be about 45 minutes long and will explain what the University is building, where they are building it and why. The presentations will also give students, staff and faculty an opportunity to ask questions.

To learn more about construction projects happening at CSU, the following meetings are scheduled:

  • 10 a.m. Monday in the Lory Student Center room 376-378
  • 10 a.m. Oct. 20 in the LSC room 376-378
  • 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Morgan Library Event Hall
  • 9 a.m. Oct. 30 in the LSC room 324

There is no need to RSVP — just show up to learn about what CSU is planning next.

This article was published in The Collegian October 12, 2015.

Starbucks on Elizabeth Street now serving alcohol

Select Starbucks are now serving beer, wine and a variety of new food options as a part of their evenings program.

Based in Seattle, the chain has expanded to over 21,000 different locations worldwide. According to Amy Maiberger, store manager at the Starbucks on Elizabeth Street, only 103 of these serve the new evenings menu. The store on Elizabeth Street is the first in Fort Collins to participate in the program.

Stores chosen to participate in the evenings program are based on the demographics of that city. Two other Starbucks locations in Fort Collins will begin serving the evenings menu Nov. 3. One is on Drake Road and Lemay Avenue, the other is on College Avenue and Stuart Street.“It’s pretty limited,” Maiberger said. “Not every store is going to get this, so those stores that do, it’s a pretty big deal and a pretty awesome honor.”

The new menu offers five red wines, five white wines and four beers, one of which changes seasonally. There are also additional food options called “small plates.”

“We are working super hard to create a classier atmosphere, so when people are in here studying, we are almost treating it like a restaurant style,” Maiberger said. “We’re coming around to your table and checking on you or seeing if you wanted to order anything else.”

Lex Lubinski is a junior studying economics who works as a barista at a coffee shop on campus. He said the new menu takes away from the Starbucks coffee experience.To promote the new program, the Elizabeth Street location is staying open later than in the past. They are now open until 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

“I don’t understand why they would need wine or any sort of alcohol, because that just puts you to sleep,” Lubinski said. “And, coffee is supposed to wake you up, so it kind of defeats the purpose of chilling at a Starbucks.”

Reservations are available to those who call ahead of time, and tables can be reserved for groups of up to 10 people.

“I prefer coffee shops over bars, so I kind of like that if I want to get a drink at a coffee shop I can, and they’re open late also — it seems nice,” said Kimberly DeJong, a senior studying human development and family studies.

Starting this week, the Starbucks on Elizabeth Street will also feature live acoustic music on some Fridays. Any students who are interested in performing are advised to call the shop and contact the store manager.

“I’m wanting to get as many students through here as I can,” Maiberger said. “Just to have a place to showcase their talent.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 9, 2015.

University breaks ground at $37.5M parking garage site on Pitkin Street

Those driving to the Colorado State University campus will have 650 new places to park come summer.

Over the next few weeks, students will start to see dramatic changes at the new parking garage site. The South College Parking Garage is scheduled to be complete July 2016.

Over the past few weeks contractors started breaking ground for the new parking garage. The South College Parking Garage will be located on the southeast side of campus, next to the site for the new medical center. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Contractors have started breaking ground for the new parking garage. The South College Parking Garage will be located on the southeast side of campus, next to the site for the new medical center. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Located on the southeast side of campus on Pitkin Street, the garage will be four stories tall. There will also be designated spots reserved for bike parking. The project will cost a total of $37.5 million, according to the CSU website.

Project manager for the parking structure Tony Flores said construction workers are currently re-surfacing the area.

“Then, they’ll start drilling peers within the next couple weeks,” Flores said. “Which will hold, it’s a precast building, in place.”

The contracting company hired for the project was Pinkard Construction, they will work alongside designers at H+L Architecture.

Design build teams, the combination of a contractor and a designer, bid to be hired for the project. Fred Haberecht, assistant director of Facilities Management, explained this process in more detail.

“These design build contracts are awarded based on qualifications and cost,” Haberecht said. “So, this was the contracting team that had the lowest cost with good qualifications.”

Students make changes in their daily route to accommodate the construction happening all over campus. The university apologizes for any inconveniences they have caused.

Students make changes in their daily route to accommodate the construction happening all over campus. The university apologizes for any inconveniences they have caused. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

The project was designed to make better use of space on campus by putting more vehicles on the same patch of land. It is also meant to replace parking spots that will be lost to various construction projects over the next few years.

Tayler Rensink, junior construction management major, said the construction on campus is inconvenient, but worth it.

“I’m looking forward towards the future not just at ‘now’ students, which I am currently and it sucks,” Rensink said. “We just have to sacrifice through it, push through it, and in the future it’s going to help out CSU a lot more.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 8, 2015.

University to construct $6.1M underpass at Center Avenue and Prospect Road

Colorado State University is currently designing a new pedestrian and bike-oriented underpass south of campus. Facilities Management plans to start the project in November, with a completion goal of July 2016.

The new $6.1 million underpass will be similar to the one on the west side of campus at College Avenue which connects the UCA to main campus, but on a much larger scale.

A rendering of the new underpass at Prospect Road and Centre Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Colorado State University).
A rendering of the new underpass at Prospect Road and Center Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Colorado State University.)

Tony Flores, the Facilities Management project manager for the underpass, said he wants to make the path wide enough to comfortably fit pedestrians and bicyclists.

“We’re trying to make it — and we’re still in design, so this isn’t a hard number, but — 18 feet wide to be able to separate the bikes and pedestrians while going under the tunnel there,” Flores said.

In comparison, the College Avenue underpass is 10 feet wide. Building another underpass has been a long-standing goal for the University, according to Fred Haberecht, assistant director of Facilities Management.

“This is something that we’ve been talking about for at least five years,” Haberecht said. “And then there have been discussions about other underpasses on campus for over 15 years.”

The underpass is designed to connect south campus to main campus. With the new parking lot off of Research Drive and the new Horticulture Center directly south of Aggie Village, many students are using this route on their way to class.

Adam Wright, a senior horticulture major, said he is disappointed he will graduate before the project is complete.

“(If) it can alleviate pedestrians going across the road, that will be fantastic,” Wright said. “Now, they won’t have to have people crossing the street, holding up more traffic.”

Horticulture majors will not be the only students affected by the new route to campus — the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is also located south of campus.

“It would be beneficial, but I don’t think it’s a necessity — $6.5 million could definitely be put to something more useful,” said Sarah McGinnis, a freshman veterinary student. “A pretty selective group of students will use this, I would say.”

Flores said he is expecting various road closures throughout the construction timeline. There will also be some night closures for contractors to do utility work that will occur in the middle of Prospect Road.

“There (are) going to be more of lane closures then full road closures,” Flores said. “Center will be closed towards the end, because at Center on the south side of Prospect, we’re going to repave all of that all the way to Bay Road.”

The underpass is also a safety precaution because hundreds of students enter campus at the intersection of Prospect Road and Center Avenue every day. Facilities Management is working on providing a pathway for students to cross Prospect Road quickly and safely.

This article was published in The Collegian October 7, 2015.

Warner College of Natural Resources introduces new human dimensions major

Due to change in the problems conservationists face today, the Warner College of Natural Resources will offer a new major to its students this spring.

The human dimensions of natural resources major was approved through faculty council Oct. 6. It will be a collaboration of different concentrations that the college already offers.

Tara Teel, an associate professor, explains how the department has pulled together the curriculum for this new major.

“We took the environmental communication and the parks and protected area management concentrations and merged them, and then added new things around that,” Teel said. “There’s still a really strong emphasis on those two areas within this major.”

Students will not be asked to select a concentration, but most said they are still proud to have this new identity.

Head of the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department Michael Manfredo said students pushed him to develop this new major.

“It was a contingent — it wasn’t just, like, one that came to me,” Manfredo said. “They had already started to take some of these new courses, and they wanted that identity.”

Manfredo and Teel said they spent almost three years getting the major approved. Part of this process included asking various agencies about the skills they want to see in prospective employees.

“We asked people from a wide range of organizations and agencies that also represent some of these jobs that we are talking about, ‘What skills do you feel like conservation professionals entering your organization need to have?’” Teel said.

They referred to these answers while determining what material to teach, and communication and leadership are two examples. Skills like this are now taught in the curriculum for this major.

Sara Brooker, a junior at CSU, is planning to declare a human dimensions of natural resources major. She said she is excited to put this new title on her resume.

“The main reason I switched was to get that social side of things,” Brooker said. “I wanted to know how to communicate the science to the public. Because, of course, the science is important, but it doesn’t do anything if it’s not communicated correctly.”

Toward the end of their degree, students are required to do a five-credit internship. An internship coordinator helps these students find a position that is right for them, and most of them are offered a full-time job.

“Fifty-five percent of students doing an internship in our program, right out of college, will get a long-term, permanent position,” Teel said.

Students in this major will be working in a hands-on environment. Manfredo said professors will use experiential learning techniques. This is something the department prides itself on.

“This isn’t just classroom stuff — we’re really proud of getting students out and into the field,” Manfredo said. “I mean, if you’re going to talk about parks, the best place to do it is in a park.”

This article was published in The Collegian October 14, 2015.

New biology building breaks ground Thursday

Parking lot #547 will close Thursday to begin construction on the new biology building. The project is slated for completion summer 2017, according to the Colorado State University website.

Students are advised to plan for additional traffic around Pitkin Street, Lake Street and East Drive over the next couple of months. Drivers who park in lot #547 are instructed to park in the new parking lot off of Research Drive. For more information on parking availability, see a parking guide map.

The University is hosting an event Oct. 15 to celebrate breaking ground for this project and for the new chemistry building, which will be built next to the biology building. Join President Tony Frank and the CSU community at 1:30 p.m. on campus, east of the Anatomy/ Zoology Building, to learn more about the gateway to the Science Mall.

There is a video available that provides a 3-D rendering of the planned four-story biology building.

This article was published in The Collegian September 28, 2015.

Newly constructed Horticulture Center replaces 65-year-old PERC building

This semester, students have been testing out the new Horticulture Center south of campus, featuring over 8,000 square feet of research space.

The new facility replaced the old Plant Environmental Research Center that used to be located where the on-campus stadium is now being built.

Steven Newman, the Greenhouse Crops Extension Specialist and a professor of floriculture at CSU, helped coordinate the construction of the new greenhouses.

“The old site was 65 years old and it’s time for something new,” Newman said. “We finally get to show students the modern greenhouse technology compared to what was modern 30 years ago.”

The center has not yet been completed, but students have already started using the space for classes and projects.

The rolling benches in this greenhouse are filled with Poinsettias for a class project. They are located at the new Horticulture Center south of campus. (Photo by Veronica Baas)

The rolling benches in this greenhouse are filled with Poinsettias for a class project. They are located at the new Horticulture Center south of campus. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Robert Sanchez, an electrician for the Horticultural Center, said he has already seen students putting the new space to use.

“They haven’t moved into the entire building yet,” Sanchez said. “I know there’s already students in here, though — this is an actual project for the students here.”

The site features new classrooms, laboratories and several bays, each with a different purpose. A bay is considered to be from gutter to gutter of the A-frame of a greenhouse.

Gary Gross, a graduate research assistant and a Horticulture 100 lab instructor, explained the importance of having separate bays in a research greenhouse.

The new Horticulture Center is located south of campus off of Center Avenue (Photo by Veronica Baas).

The new Horticulture Center is located south of campus off of Center Avenue. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

“In a research greenhouse, you really need to separate things,” Gross said. “There’s five main bays. One is a teaching bay, one is going to be dedicated to vegetable crops, there’s going to be one flex space bay and then the other two bays are essentially for the different floriculture programs and the plant select program that they do.”

Additionally, there are two smaller bays. To access these, one must go through an extra level of security. This space was designed for research on plant disease and has its own drainage system to prevent contamination of the sewer.

The main teaching classroom has a retractable wall that can transform the space into two separate classrooms. It is also equipped with video conferencing technology and can record lectures.

The teaching area also features two labs: a clean lab and what is called a “dirty lab,” for students engaging in their own research.

“They didn’t really have any teaching facilities or labs over in the other space,” Gross said. “This is a big upgrade, the overall size is the same for the greenhouse, but the headhouse is bigger and the teaching facilities, the facilities for the students and lab facilities are vastly improved.”

This article was published in The Collegian September 24, 2015.

CSU provides students with internship resources

The benefits of summer internships range from networking to housing stipends to potential jobs after graduation. For Colorado State University students, these internships may provide opportunities such as experience and connections that go beyond the average classroom setting.

CSU provides students with many different opportunities to get in touch with companies and establish relationships.

The Career Center, located in the basement of the Lory Student Center, is a resource provided to students searching for jobs or internships. The center hosts workshops to help students create professional resumes, provides an online portal for job searching and hosts career fairs. The next all-campus career fair is Sept. 22-23 in the LSC Grand Ballroom.

For some students, benefits such as a housing stipend are provided with internships. Blake Warner, a junior studying construction management, spent last summer interning as a general contractor with Haselden Construction in Limon.

“I actually met with them at a career fair at CSU and that’s how I got the job,” Warner said. “They’re great opportunities for all students. It’s kind of like a meet-and-greet, then depending on the company, they’ll call you back for a separate interview and application process.”

Warner leased an apartment to live in during the summer and the construction company covered his living expenses.

“I got really lucky because they provided a housing stipend,” Warner said. “They would either pay for it themselves by putting me in a hotel all summer, which I didn’t want to do, or they give me, like, $1,000 a month to find a place.”

In order to graduate, the construction management major requires students to complete 500 hours of work experience and a 12-week internship. Students may also take a semester off to intern with a company, satisfying both requirements. Warner logged his 500 hours of work experience last summer with Haselden Construction and he plans to satisfy the 12-week internship requirement next summer.

“Not only because it’s required, it’s just great experience,” Warner said. “Especially within the construction industry, I think it’s most beneficial to learn hands-on.”

Senior mechanical engineering student Matt Kasuda interned at Lockheed Martin this summer. He worked on the mechanical test engineering team within the Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO) group. Kasuda said he hopes that the experience from this internship will make it easier to find work after college.

“It gives great experience for an engineer as getting a job out of school can be competitive,” Kasuda said.

Throughout his internship, Kasuda learned about what his future career could be like through experience with test information sheets and the 3-D modeling of test procedures.

“A test procedure is a very detailed document describing each step of a test,” Kasuda said. “It also keeps track of the engineers in charge and who checked off on the results.”

Kasuda said this internship allowed him to learn how to operate within a large company and interface with people about technical information.

Junior mechanical engineering student Jack MacDonald spent the past two summers interning at water bottle company Polar Bottle, which is an official sponsor of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

“Robert Heiberger, the guy who invented Polar Bottle — he was actually friends with my uncle,” MacDonald said. “So I got in contact with him during my freshman year of college and ended up getting an internship there last summer, and then came back for this summer, too.”

The daily commute to Polar Bottle in North Boulder is too far for MacDonald to manage during the school year, so he only interned in the summer.

“I’m not sure I’ll end up getting a full-time job at Polar Bottle,” MacDonald said. “But they say an internship is one of the most important parts, so I’m hoping they’re right.”

This article was published in The Collegian September 2, 2015.

New Sports Management minor comes to CSU

Starting this year, Colorado State University is partnering with the Denver Broncos to provide a new sports management minor for students who are accepted into the program.

Three new courses will be offered to support the new 21-credit minor: Sports Marketing, Foundations of Sport Management and Sport and Society.

Senior Associate Athletics Director Albert Bimper helped the University launch the new minor.

“We have brought on a faculty member, Jay Coakley, he’s teaching the sport and society course – we are excited for him,” Bimper said. “I think he is a legend in the field around sport society. He’s doing the work here in the United States and globally, and he’s a key addition to the program that we have.”

There were over 100 applicants for the minor this semester, 40 of whom were accepted. Last semester, two CSU business majors, Reid Sangster and Jens Aaron, founded the Sport Management Club.

“Reid was actually in a sport management club at his old school, and we were talking about it and decided, ‘Let’s do it and make it happen,’” said Aaron, the vice president. “The club is just a really good way to try to get students involved in the sports management world.”

Since every applicant cannot be accepted into the minor, joining the club is a good opportunity for any student with a sport management passion to get involved.

“This fall we’re going full force,” said Sangster, president of the club. “We’re trying to get guest speakers to come in, we’re planning a trip down to the Pepsi Center to get a private tour and hear from some of the game day production people, some of the marketing people, and sales and whatnot.”

Sangster and Aaron were both admitted into the program that starts this semester.

“I think it helped that we were very involved with the club,” Aaron said. “Dr. Bimper is our adviser, as well as one of the head guys with the minor. If any students are interested in doing sports management, they should look into joining the club, get more involved, and then apply for the minor.”

Bimper expects to see the organization grow after such a large application pool this year. The University will be launching a new application process for next semester.

“The program is definitely going to grow, and we’re excited for it to grow,” Bimper said. “We had a lot of great interest this first year, so we wanted to open it up for more than what we even first thought.”

Classes will meet with guest speakers, both on campus and in Denver, to hear about how the Broncos deal with everyday issues in the National Football League. Several students in the minor will be given the opportunity to take on internships within the Broncos organization.

“It’s more than just internships,” Bimper said. “Those are key, but also the opportunity to have some of their executives come and speak to our students, or we can go down there and hear the way they’re thinking about current issues that they face as an organization.”

This article was published in The Collegian August 28, 2015.

Construction updates for fall 2015 at CSU

There is a high demand for these construction projects on campus, according to Fred Haberecht, assistant director of landscaping and planning with CSU’s Facilities Management.

“The University, like most universities, is growing and has not made a very large investment in the physical infrastructure until recently,” Haberecht said. “A lot of existing buildings you see on campus are from 50 years ago. So reinvestment is happening now. Economically, it’s a really good time to invest, interest rates are low and sometimes it’s just a gift to the University, or mandated by the students.”

A PCL construction worker contributes to the Aggie Village redevelopment project on the south side of campus. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)
A PCL construction worker contributes to the Aggie Village redevelopment project on the south side of campus. (Photo credit: Veronica Baas)

Research Drive Parking Lot

A new parking lot located west of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, south of campus on Research Drive, is now open to students, staff and faculty with a valid parking permit. There are also metered spots where students can pay to park by the hour. Around the Horn will service the lot every 10 minutes and Transfort routes will service it every 15 minutes.

The lot provides 900 new spaces to help accommodate lost parking caused by various construction projects. Parking permits for this lot will be sold at a discounted rate in comparison to main campus lots.

Science Mall

A new biology building will break ground Oct. 15 and will be funded mainly by a student facilities fee. The College of Natural Sciences, the Department of Biology and the University also contributed to the project.

Construction of a new chemistry building will also begin in spring 2016. Both buildings will be a part of the science mall, located along the south side of Pitkin Street. The science mall was designed to be one of the gateways to campus, according to University officials. It is currently made up of Yates Hall, Microbiology, Anatomy-Zoology, Environmental Health, Pathology and the Painter Center.

The chemistry building, partially funded by the state, will rapidly break ground and catch up to the progress of the biology building. They are both scheduled to be completed in late fall 2017.

“The construction for the new chemistry building will begin just after the first of the year, so in January and February,” Haberecht said. “The chemistry building goes in the footprint of the current livestock pavilion and the livestock pavilion needs to be operational through this semester.”

Aggie Village

The Aggie Village redevelopment project is underway south of campus. Facilities Management predicts it to be completed next summer, in time for students to move in for the 2016-2017 school year.

Housing and Dining Services divides student living into two sections: residence life and apartment life. Aggie Village is an example of apartment life, which targets upperclassmen or graduate students. There is typically not a dining hall in these apartment complexes — students are provided with a kitchen and are self-sustaining.

Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC)

Due to the construction of the on-campus stadium, PERC was relocated to a different site on Center Avenue. New greenhouses, classrooms and lab space were built for horticulture students to study plant materials “in action,” according to the PERC website.

“It’s a greenhouse complex,” Haberecht said. “Approximately 220,000 square feet of greenhouses, and approximately 6,000 square feet of building for research, teaching and office.”

Medical Center

Big plans are in the making for a new on-campus medical center. The $59 million project is scheduled for completion in late 2016.

“The University will break ground sometime this fall or winter, and will complete the project this spring,” wrote CSU spokeswoman Dell Rae Ciaravola in an email to the Collegian. “Exact dates are not yet set – it’s too early in the process.”

As the student population rises, CSU is outgrowing Hartshorn Health Center. Hartshorn was built in 1964 to meet the needs of 9,000 students. Today, with a student body almost four times that size, the University is ready to update facilities to accommodate this growth.

“This year, there are 500 more freshmen entering the University (this year) than last year, so there’s a need there to build facilities for the incoming freshmen,” Haberecht said.

The new medical center will be four stories tall, and will sit on the corner of College Avenue and Prospect Road. There will be a public walk-in clinic run by Associates in Family Medicine and UC Health.

South College Parking Garage

The north section of the University Square parking lot has been closed to begin preparation for a new parking garage. The new garage will be located on the southeast corner of Mason and Pitkin streets. It will add 650 new parking spaces, ready for use in about a year.

“It’s a very exciting time to be at CSU, especially in the design, construction and planning,” Haberecht said. “It’s good to be a part of something putting the University in a positive place for the next 50 years.”

This article was published in The Collegian August 24, 2015.