Plans for Expansion Highlight College’s Strengths
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences must build new facilities and remodel existing facilities to keep up with expanding research, teaching and outreach programs in veterinary medicine and the biomedical sciences. Here is a “scorecard” to help you keep track of what is new or under construction at the Foothills Research Campus, Main Campus, and South Campus (home of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital).
College facilities at the main Colorado State University campus have mostly seen reapportionment and remodeling during the past year. Faculty and staff from the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Technology were relocated to the Physiology Building, and new teaching laboratory space in the Physiology Building is now under construction.
In 2006, student fees will fund an expansion of the Microbiology Building to create space for a campus study area. The next large-scale project planned for the College on the Main Campus is a multi-story research building. The building will house research laboratories and some faculty offices, including faculty from the departments of Biomedical Sciences; Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences; and Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Funding for this building has not been secured, though a combination of private, government, College and University funds will most likely be pursued. The timeline for this project will depend on procurement of funding.
Foothills Research Campus
The College’s Program in Infectious Diseases, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Disease Laboratory, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL), and Equine Reproduction Laboratory comprise the primary areas of focus at the Foothills Research Campus. In 2005, the Equine Reproduction Laboratory dedicated its new facility, funded in part with a gift from the Walton Family Foundation. The laboratory also renovated existing facilities, including the stallion barn and the mare “motel” for visiting horses. The ARBL has a comprehensive plan for expansion and renovation of exiting facilities, as well as new construction, dependent on funding.The College’s multiple programs in infectious diseases achieved record levels of funding in 2005, and embarked on building projects to house burgeoning programs. At the Judson M. Harper Research Complex at the Foothills Research Campus, construction has been progressing at a rapid pace. In November, the College broke ground on the Rocky Mountain Regional Bio-containment Laboratory (RBL), which is connected to the existing Bioenvironmental Research Building (BRB). In October, the National Institutes of Health announced a $4 million matching grant to fund an expansion of the BRB. Funds still are being sought to build the Discovery Suite at the complex, which will provide laboratory space for innovative new research and cooperative research programs.
These facilities complement the new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) building, which will greatly expand capacity for research into infectious disease and further enhance productive relationships between researchers at the CDC and at CSU.
This year, the Orthopaedic Research Center completed construction of an addition to the Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center to house the Equine Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center, funded by the Walton Family Foundation, and Ken and Virginia Atkinson. The facility is the latest in a string of privately funded projects that have helped to create a world-class center in equine orthopaedics.The South Campus is now bracing itself for a major expansion as funding comes in through The Hope, The Care and The Cures in 21st Century Animal Health, the College’s campaign to fund a comprehensive expansion of the South Campus. Building plans for the South Campus include a diagnostic medicine center, new wards and rounds rooms for second-year Professional Veterinary Medical students, equine isolation/critical care unit, equine sports medicine, food animal hospital, food animal isolation, ambulatory services, community practice/dentistry/zoological medicine, research/vivarium, large animal research, covered ring/equine stalls, and miscellaneous support structures.
Most of the construction of new facilities on the South Campus depends on private giving.
As the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences continues to achieve great success in its research, teaching and outreach programs, further demands will be placed upon its existing facilities. Through a combination of funding from federal agencies, available University and College dollars, and, most importantly, private giving, the College will continue to head for new frontiers, helping to further veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences for the benefit of all.