Just before classes let out for the summer, Haselden Construction held a celebration commemorating the progress of construction of Colorado State University’s new biology building – the first new science lab built for the biology department in many years.

Haselden-CSU-Biology-Beam-Signing-640x300-1Students and faculty members grabbed a green or gold pen and signed the steel beam later secured atop the structure. The beam will remain fully visible in the building’s eastern stairway. After signing the beam, students and faculty members joined the construction crew for a BBQ lunch on the new building’s ground floor.

“It’s exciting to pioneer the first design-build project on the campus,” Haselden Project Manager Brent Haselden said. “Both Colorado State University and design-build architect partner Hord Coplan Macht have been great to work with and the project couldn’t be going better.”

With more than 1,400 students, biology is the largest major on campus. Slated for LEED® Gold, the $67 million, 151,650-square-foot life sciences research and teaching building is a bond-funded project supported by the Student Facilities Fee. The new building will provide the department with new teaching labs, research labs, administrative/office space and a lecture room that can accommodate more than 100 people.

The building is scheduled to open in Fall 2017.