Colorado State University - Pueblo construction projects continue to transform campus

Colorado State University - Pueblo construction projects continue to transform campus

PUEBLO – While Colorado State University-Pueblo has experienced a dramatic change in its landscape through more than $190 million in constructed improvements since 2006, the campus continues its transformation with a variety of expansion and “makeover” projects this fall.

With a completely renovated Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC), new football stadium complex, new Student Recreation Center, renovated H.P.E.R./Massari Arena, and three brand new residence halls just completed, three major improvement projects are underway this fall.

Southeast Asia War Memorial
With a re-dedication ceremony planned for the city-wide Veteran’s Day celebration on Nov. 11, the University will unveil an expanded and renovated Southeast Asia War Memorial to the north of the Library and Academic Resource Center. According to Associate Vice President of Facilities Craig Cason, the current work will resurface the existing concrete monument with new polished black granite, add black granite walls at the four corners of the existing base with the  names of all 623 State of Colorado service members who lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict.

A new concrete walk with benches and night lighting will allow onlookers to make their way around the four new black granite corners to find and pay homage to the fallen Colorado men and women of that war from all U.S. military branches. Inspired by ideas from the local and regional veteran’s organizations, this project was embraced by CSU-Pueblo, under the leadership and inspiration of former University administrator and Alumni Association Board member Dr. Luis Valerio and Interim President Julio Leon. Local veteran’s organizations have been involved in the fundraising campaign to raise the estimated $86,000 in improvements. A fundraising dinner is being hosted on campus by the Marine Corps League Home of Heroes #1376 on Sept. 30. Tickets are available by calling Gail at 240-6157 or the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 549-2380.

Student Recreation Center Corridor Extension
A passageway to connect the new Student Recreation Center  with Massari Arena is scheduled for completion in late November. Cason said this project will allow a more functional and controlled transition between the interiors of the Student Recreation Center and the adjacent Sam Jones Swimming Pool Complex, which is in the H.P.E.R./Massari Arena building. Plans include the addition of a student wi-fi/cyber and media lounge, as well as observation seating for the four totally renovated racquetball/squash courts via full height glass entry walls. This addition will also will provide increased visibility for the areas, particularly to pedestrians and vehicular traffic on Bartley Boulevard, especially at night.

Exterior wall paneling and window patterns will blend architecturally with the Student Recreation Center and Sam Jones Complex, melding the two buildings into a more unified visual appearance from the east.

Buell Communications Center Entry Foyer Addition
The Buell Communications Center at the south entrance to campus will gain a spectacular two-story, glass-enclosed atrium foyer as the first stop for campus visitors, prospective students, and parents needing the CSU-Pueblo Visitor and Transfer Center. Buell also is now home to the Mass Communications Department as well as the local Rocky Mountain PBS public television operations.

The foyer project will enhance the exterior appearance at the campus entrance that was begun with the recent completion of the adjacent landscaped parking and cul-de-sac/bus stop improvements. The windows will expand and create a spatial excitement in the initial gathering area as well as add a striking visual architectural appearance from the exterior.

Large glass areas, coupled with modern sunshades and energy efficient materials and lighting, will follow the material and design motifs employed in the recent building projects, giving an identifiable architectural character to the campus.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.