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Capital campaign changes CVMBS
From Colorado State University’s Main Campus to the South Campus to the Foothills Research Campus, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is undergoing a transformation of grand proportions. Capital construction is the centerpiece of the College’s 25-year capital campaign, and a number of buildings have already sprung from blueprints to bricks and mortar.
The campaign began with the new Animal Cancer Center on the South Campus and now it encompasses the Foothills and Main campuses. The campaign is planned to continue through 2025, completely remaking the College.
The need for a massive construction effort has been apparent in the College almost since construction on the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital was completed in 1979. Existing and new programs put pressure on College facilities and the College’s administration knew a long-term plan was necessary to meet current and future needs.
“Our faculty, staff, and students have been very industrious in their judicious use of existing facilities, but there reaches a point where you just can’t make do with what you have and I think we have reached that point,” said Dr. Lance Perryman, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “With the capital campaign, we already are seeing exciting developments at the College, and we see the positive impact that is having not only on creating new research opportunities, but also on improving our teaching environment and better serving our clients.”
On the South Campus, 12 new buildings will be constructed including a new Diagnostic Medicine Center, Agricultural Animal Hospital, and Equine Sports Medicine Building. On Main Campus, an addition to the Dean’s Office is complete, an addition to the Microbiology Building for a Student Study Lounge was completed in 2007, and a new Life and Biomedical Sciences Building is planned.
On the Foothills Campus, a number of new buildings have been completed in the last several years including the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, the Stallion and Client Mare Barns, and the ERL addition. Future plans include the Research Innovation Center and ongoing remodeling of the Infectious Disease Annex.
In addition to the College’s capital construction projects, the campaign seeks to raise funds for endowed chairs and professorships to attract and support highly qualified faculty members. The College currently has eight University Chairs: the Iron Rose Ranch Chair in Equine Reproduction; the Iron Rose Ranch Chair in Musculoskeletal Equine Disease and Injury; the Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Oncology; the Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Orthopaedic Research; the Kenneth and Virginia Atkinson Chair in Musculoskeletal Imaging; the Stuart Chair in Oncology; the Abigail M. Kawananakoa Chair in Equine Musculoskeletal Integrative Therapies; and the John Alexander Chair in Large Animal Reproduction. The College also has four professorships.
New endowed scholarships are a priority of the College. Annually, more than $1.3 million is awarded in the form of scholarships, but the need is even greater. Funding also is being sought to purchase research and teaching equipment for new facilities.
“For the past 100 years, the College has provided the hope, care and cures in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences,” said Dr. Perryman. “As we embark on the next 100 years, the theme of one world, one health, one medicine is driving all of our efforts. Our capital campaign will bring the College forward into the next century, and help give our faculty, staff and students the most advanced research laboratories, technologically enhanced teaching facilities, and state-of-the-art clinical space from which to pursue our mission of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach.”