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Colorado State University has begun construction on a new campus in Denver called Spur that will enable the public to explore and interact with educational content around water, food, and health.

The university says Spur will bring to the public the expertise of the three CSU System campuses: CSU in Fort Collins, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global.

A groundbreaking celebration for the project was called off because of the COVID-19 virus. It will be the first of three buildings to be part of the future National Western Center, near the intersection of I-25 and I-70. 

The first building at Spur is named Vida and will focus on animal and human health. It will host the second location of CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center, which provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to humans with a range of needs.

The center also will partner with the Dumb Friends League to offer a donor-subsidized clinic for companion animals while providing hands-on education for CSU veterinary students.

Once fully open in 2022, Spur will host families and tourists, K-12 student field trips, conferences and meetings, researchers in state-of-the-art labs, college students pursuing degrees in fields related to agriculture and sustainability, and local artists creating pieces in on-site studios.

The architect for the Vida building is Clark Enersen Partners, and the general contractor on the Spur project is JE Dunn.