The design-build team of Hord Coplan Macht (formerly SLATERPAULL Architects) and Haselden Construction announce that they were selected to complete design and construction for a new $81.9 million biology building on the Colorado State University (CSU) campus in Fort Collins, CO.

Image & design copyright Hord Coplan Macht.

Image & design copyright Hord Coplan Macht.

The 152,000-square-foot classroom and research facility will anchor the eastern edge of CSU’s new science commons at South Pitkin and East Street. The building will include state-of-the-art research laboratories, which will further advance CSU’s nationally ranked biology department and the College of Natural Sciences.

The new building is being designed as a campus destination with large, two-story idea spaces for students and faculty to collaborate outside the research and teaching laboratories. The biology building, and its “science on display” design, will address the ongoing increase in enrollment at CSU along with the rising interest in life sciences across the country.

“We look forward to working with CSU, the College of Natural Sciences and our construction partners on this sensational building and applaud CSU for being one of the first higher education institutions to use the design/build lump sum delivery method,” says Jennifer Cordes, principal of Hord Coplan Macht. “With the College’s dedication to providing inspirational science spaces for students and researchers, coupled with the University’s efficient delivery method, this project is one to watch.”

Hord Coplan Macht is currently working on the CSU campus with RATIO Architects on a $56 million, 60,000-square-foot chemistry building. The combined biology and chemistry buildings total $136 million in new construction on campus and will further define and form the shared, outdoor space known as the new science commons.

“We’re thrilled to again be partnering with CSU and Hord Coplan Macht, building on the collaboration and past success of the Scott Bioengineering Building,” states Haselden vice president of business development, JJ Rams. “The biology building is a natural fit for our bio-science team and we look forward to enhancing CSU’s tradition of academic excellence.”