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Haselden Construction Tops Out Two CSU Projects

FORT COLLINS — The last several weeks represented major milestones for both Haselden Construction and Colorado State University. Both the AZ (Anatomy/Zoology) Addition and the JBS Global Food Innovation Center — in honor of Gary and Kay Smith — topped out.

CSU Global Food Innovation Center

The JBS Global Food Innovation Center is a design-build project with architect Hord Coplan Macht. Approximately 36,000 square feet, the project involves the addition of a pre-engineered metal building system to the south of the existing Animal Sciences Building. This addition will provide space for a state-of-the-art meat processing facility, support offices, culinary kitchen with demonstration space, and instructional auditorium. The topping out was held last week and the occasion was commemorated with a ceremonial beam signing and BBQ.

“This project is both unique and challenging,” said Haselden Senior Project Manager Colby Stodden. “It tests the limits of a pre-engineered metal building and now that structure has been topped out. This project also pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Temple Grandin by incorporating her designs into the animal holding area of the building, as well as a statue of her in the lobby. Topping out the structure is certainly an exciting accomplishment for this team and a major milestone for this project.”

The AZ Addition topped out last month, celebrated with a BBQ lunch for the on-site workers. Also a design- build with partner Hord Coplan Macht, this project is a 40,000-square-foot addition to the existing Anatomy/Zoology Building. The steel structure includes a 5,100-square-foot gross anatomy lab with 36 stations, a 3,000-square-foot neuro-anatomy lab with 20 stations and the ability to flex into more gross anatomy space, a digital anatomy lab, and an outreach classroom.

“The CSU projects have been equally challenging and rewarding” said Haselden Regional Director Ken Baumgartner. “The design-build procurement process on both of these projects (GFIC and AZ) tested the entire design and construction team to come up with unique solutions for the needs and wants of CSU while also staying competitive and agreeing to meet requested schedule milestones. The whole team at CSU has been great to work with through the process—it doesn’t feel like an owner/contractor/architect type of relationship, but one team pulling together and helping each other.”

Haselden opened an office in Fort Collins in September of 2017. The AZ Addition and the JBS Global Food Innovation Center mark the third and fourth major buildings Haselden has constructed on CSU’s campus in the last three years.

Images courtesy of Haselden

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