Colorado State University has opened a campus in the Grand Valley that includes classroom and meeting spaces, a veterinary laboratory and teaching kitchen.
“This is an investment in Western Colorado, in Colorado agriculture and in the future of a state and region where CSU is proud to be an economic partner,” said Tony Frank, chancellor of the CSU system. “It’s also a tribute to all of the partner organizations and county and state leaders who worked together to make this campus a reality.”
Located on Orchard Mesa, the new campus provides oversight for CSU agricultural experiment stations on Orchard Mesa, Fruita and Rogers Mesa. The campus also houses the CSU Extension western regional office, Western Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Colorado State Forest Service regional office.
“The Colorado State University western campus gives us amazing opportunities to serve the local needs of communities on Colorado’s Western Slope,” said CSU President Joyce McConnell. “Agriculture is critical to the economy of Colorado, and CSU is deeply committed to serving our state’s agricultural producers. This unique collaboration at the CSU western campus will help us find creative solutions to the complex challenges facing our state and our region.”
A nearly 14,100-square-foot office and classroom building houses the veterinary laboratory as well as a classroom, meeting areas and teaching kitchen. The campus also incudes a shared shop for equipment and a fruit storage building.
“The Western Colorado campus will foster collaborations and partnerships for our communities and businesses in the region,” said Ashley Stokes, assistance vice president for engagement and deputy director of CSU Extension. “Through the expertise of our outstanding personnel on the Western Slope and colleagues across CSU, we are continuing to fulfill our land grant mission — working together to support Coloradans.”
The campus also will support several programs, including the Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief. The program offers educational services and fruits and vegetables to those facing food insecurity in Mesa County and elsewhere.