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About the Building

Phase One – Main Building: Phase One of the Animal Sciences’s Building renovation is complete! The entire process has been broken down into two phases. The first phase was completed fall 2014. This renovation restored the presence of Animal Sciences on campus, as well as improved the quality of resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students. The ongoing process of Phase One predominantly focuses on the restoration of the current Animal Sciences Building. Within less than a year the building will include a new exterior, office suites, laboratories, and classrooms. Each office suite includes an adjacent study lounge to promote the exchange of ideas between the faculty and interaction with students. The study spaces function to enliven the public corridors within the department and promote a sense of community. Interactive media will be incorporated into the study spaces to enhance communication and learning opportunities. The new building will also integrate state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching and research. Teaching labs for physiology and microbiology will provide space for instruction and learning. The adjacent research labs encourage interaction among the researchers, professors and students. There are four classrooms designed at the heart of the New Animal Sciences Building. The classrooms are designed to engage students in learning and aid instructors in conveying their subject matter. Natural light enlivens the space and engages the students. The central location of the classrooms will increase the visibly of the teaching program, and positions teaching at the heart of both the department and the building.

Phase Two – JBS Global Food Innovation Center In Honor Of Gary & Kay Smith: The JBS Global Food Innovation Center In Honor Of Gary & Kay Smith is well underway, with the groundbreaking celebration occurring in March 2017! The plans include a new harvest facility for students to learn the entire process of Meat Sciences, an animal handling education area to house hands-on learning such as Animal Welfare and Behavior, and a retail meat and dairy store and café that will help inform customers where their food comes from. With this project underway, the Department would like your help in actively promoting as well as funding for this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Building Resources

Animal Science Building Renovation Naming Opportunities for Donors – File Type: PDF
Animal Science Renovation – File Type: PDF

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Building Donors

Thank you to those who made it possible – Our donors are committed to providing our faculty and students with a top-of-the line facility. Through their contributions students will be provided the best learning resources and environment. Without this funding the Department of Animal Sciences would not be able to renovate, much less build onto, the Animal Sciences Building. Thank you to our donors for making this renovation possible. The Department is still looking for those who would like to contribute to the renovation. If you would like to learn more about the Renovation, or how to donate, please call: (970) 491-6672.

Donations of $500,000 or Greater

Dick and Eddie Robinson

We are both graduates in animal science, and the school did a lot for us. It gave us good opportunities and a start in running our family business, said Dick Robinson, whose great-grandfather established Robinson Dairy in 1885. We had a great education, and we hope students who learn in this renovated building will have the same kind of opportunities in their careers. It’s going to be amazing.

Donations of $400,000 or Greater

Collins Johnson Family Foundation: Polly, Toby and Scott Families and Rex and Jody Buck
Ranch-Way Feeds: Kim and Bonnie Szidon

Donations of $200,000 or Greater

Mark, Chris and Joe Frasier Families in honor of Marshall Frasier
Wiedeman Family – Sandra Keegan and Gary Wiedeman

Donations of $100,000 or Greater

Randy and Karen Blach Family
George Seward Family
Don, Brett and Roc Rutledge Family
Ben and Skylar Houston Family: Aristocrat Angus

Donations of $99,000 or Greater

Gerald (Jerry) E. Anderson and Anne A. Bannett
AgReserves, Inc.
Beef Club: Jim and Kristie Docheff
Steve, Karen and Ben DeLine
Bob and Nancy Josserand
Don and Donna Norgren Family
Northern Feed & Bean
Schalk Family Trust: Ron and Claudia Short, Steve and Dulcie Schalk, and Karen Schalk

Building Design

Q&A with architect, Gabrielle Schuller
Have you ever wondered where the design came from for the Renovation of the Animal Sciences Building? Here is an interview of Gabrielle Schuller, the Project Architect for Bennett, Wagner & Grody Architects.

Question: What were your first thoughts when you received this project?

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to work with such an important academic program at CSU. When our team started researching the department leading up to the interview, we were immediately impressed by the impact the department has had on the academic community nationally and the agricultural history of the region.

Question: Were there certain elements that inspired you for the renovation of the Animal Sciences Building?

The main ideas for this project have been: transparency, community, learning, and legacy. Transparency is an important concept for this project. The department of Animal Science has expressed the desire for both the public and the campus to have a deeper understanding of their important research and the applications of food safety research in the lives of the public. This interest in the transparency of process and increased visibility lead to the concept of transparency being seen as a touch stone for design. The team has used varying layers of transparency/opacity to reveal or conceal parts of the building and program to enhance the user experience and enforce various goals of the project. The project seeks to support and build community in a variety of ways. Gathering spaces are being designed at various scales in the interior and exterior of the building to encourage both formal and informal interactions. The interior and exterior spaces for activating community include, gathering spaces at the enhanced entrance, smaller scaled breakout spaces along the corridors, conference rooms, lounges, and informal meeting spaces in the expanded lobby. Another goal for the project is to create an optimal environment for learning. This learning environment seeks to provide spaces for various learning styles and space needs. There are formal, informal, spaces for individual work and spaces for collaboration. A variety of spaces encourages a wide range of activities to happen within the building, rather than seeking out spaces that suit the needs of the occupants outside of the building. This wide array of interactive spaces hopes to create a highly engaging interior environment that is full of vitality and encouraging of learning in its various forms. This project has a unique mission of highlighting how the department is the steward of long and prestigious history of the Animal Sciences department. This century-old program has become a leader in the field of Animal Sciences, and seeks to have a facility that reflects the important work that it produces. This legacy will be highlighted in the gallery/display space within the lobby. Faculty members can be honored on a rotating basis on video displays or in static graphics. Student accomplishments can also be recognized within this space and/or throughout public spaces in the project. These “hall of fame” elements not only create a point of pride for the department, but is also one element in the branding of the department as a whole. These elements can help the public understand the important work in which the department has undertaken. It is important for the project to honor the past, provide space to celebrate the success of today, and plan for departmental growth in the future.

Question: What was the design process that you had to go through to reach the final plans for the building?

Planning the renovation was a process that starts with assessing the current building and identifying opportunities that building has for accommodating the functions that the department needs. We met with the department multiple times over the course of a year to establish a list of spaces that were needed and establish the requirements for each space. Then we worked to come up with innovative solutions to meet those needs. The planning and design process is an iterative process, which means we go from design to revision over and over until we get it right.

Question: Which aspect of the renovation are you most excited about?

I am most excited about the expanded lobby looking out over the Montfort Quad and the new laboratory floor on the second level. I feel these two aspects of the renovation will have the most dramatic impact on the department immediately. I think getting all the labs on the same floor will provide more opportunities for interaction and collaboration with students and faculty. It is very exciting.

Question: Typically it takes a team of Architects to design any project. How many people did it take to design the reconstruction of the Animal Sciences Building? Who are they? Do each of you have a specific responsibility?

On the architectural team there is Don Grody, AIA- Principal in Charge, Adam Balaban- Project Manager, Katie Anderson- Project Designer, and myself – Project Architect. We work as a team to design and plan the project. We each had portions of the project that we took on individually, but were highly collaborative on most design decisions. We also worked closely with mechanical electrical, IT and plumbing engineers from Cator, Ruma Associates, and structural engineers from Martin/Martin Engineers.

Question: For Phase Two of the renovation, there has been talk about a possible auditorium, an outdoor arena, and even a store ran by students. If you could add anything to Phase Two of the Renovation, what would it be?

Phase Two of the renovation has the potential to really transform the department. Aside from the spaces you mentioned, which would be fantastic to add, an outdoor space that connects the original building and the new addition could really create an active community space for the department connecting inside and outside.

Question: Where are you from? Where did you go to college?

I grew up in Nashua, NH. I received a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and a MArch from The Boston Architectural College in Boston, MA. I also completed an additional summer architectural intensive at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Question: When, and how, did you decide you wanted to become an architect?

I had been interested in math, science and art from a young age, but only decided to pursue a career in architecture after studying Classics with a focus in art/architectural history at Holy Cross. Upon graduation, I went onto graduate school for architecture.

Question: What is your favorite part of being an architect?

I love working with the people who will live/work in the projects I am designing and shaping the spaces that they will use every day. I find it most fulfilling to be able to have a positive impact on how people live in their spaces. Many of the campus buildings I have worked on are places that people spend the majority of their time. The students and professors that work in academic buildings might spend more time in these buildings than in their own homes! I take the job of designing great spaces for the people that will be there very seriously, and hope to have a positive impact on their lives in that way.

Question: What is one aspect of your job that most people assume you do, but you actually don’t?

I very rarely use a T-square anymore. Although, I still spend a lot of time drawing.

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