Work has begun on the Research Innovation Center (RIC) located at the Colorado State University Foothills Research Campus. RIC, which is located adjacent to the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL), is being funded by bonds let by Colorado State University.
RIC will provide Biosecurity Level 2 research space to public and private research partners. Research that begins in the RBL can be moved to RIC for final laboratory investigations and preparation for commercialization. The new building will support the work of the Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (RCE) research and training at Colorado State University.
One of the RCE’s primary goals is to develop new diagnostics, vaccines, and medicines for infectious diseases. RIC will further the efforts of the RCE by providing research space to partners working to bring these new instruments against infectious disease from the lab bench to the marketplace.
In other construction news, building at the Diagnostic Medicine Center continues with the exterior of the facility taking on a finished look and interior work taking off. Construction supervisors are still planning to finish on or ahead of schedule, planning for a June 2009 DMC completion.
The new entranceway to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital is beginning to take shape with the pouring of asphalt in the last week of October. The entranceway and adjacent parking will remain closed through Nov. 17 as work is completed. The appointment and emergency entrance to the hospital is temporarily located on Bay Farm Road, east of the VTH, which can be accessed off Drake Road between the power substation and railroad tracks. The entrance also can be accessed from Redwing Road. A map of the rerouted entrance is available at http://csuvets.colostate.edu/parking.htm.
The hospital's 24-hour emergency veterinary services are operating as normal, as are regular appointments. More information and detailed directions are available by calling the hospital at 970-221-4535.
Progress updates on CSU construction projects are available at Today@ColoradoState.edu, on the University's Facilities Management Web site at www.facilities.colostate.edu and on the Parking Services Web site at www.parking.colostate.edu.