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CSU opens its first building at Denver’s National Western Center

Margaret Jackson

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The Vida building on the CSU Spur campus at the National Western Center will open just in time for the National Western Stock Show.(Courtesy of Colorado State University System)

By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Visitors to the upcoming National Western Stock Show can check out the first of three new buildings that will make up the Colorado State University System’s CSU Spur campus.

The Vida building opens at the National Western Center on Friday, just a day before the stock show begins.

CSU Spur will have three buildings that are open to the public and offer experiential education and a chance for people to watch professionals at work.

At Vida, visitors can watch veterinarians perform surgery on dogs and cats, therapists working with horses to offer equine-assisted therapies and veterinarians helping equine athletes through strength-building and therapeutic exercises. Seven horses live at the new Vida building as part of the Temple Grandin Equine Center.

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Horses live on site at the Vida building.(Courtesy of Colorado State University System)

“We’re proud to open this new campus up to everyone with an interest in learning and discovering more about our world, our health, the food we eat and the water that sustains us,” said Tony Frank, chancellor of the CSU System. “Spur belongs to all of Colorado. We hope everyone feels welcome to come in and check it out.”

Visitors can engage with interactive exhibits, see demonstrations, evaluate X-rays and animal health in a mock veterinary clinic and explore animal anatomy through virtual reality.

While CSU Spur won’t grant college degrees, it will provide an opportunity for students to envision themselves in professions connected to food, water and health — the three topic areas CSU Spur’s Terra, Hydro and Vida buildings focus on, respectively.

“As Colorado’s land-grant institution, CSU is committed to making our world-class teaching, research and engagement resources accessible to our entire state,” said Joyce McConnell, president of CSU. “Its interactive spaces will give K-12 students a glimpse of the hands-on educational experiences they can find in college, including of course at CSU.”

The building is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily year-round.

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