As early as spring 2006, CSU students may notice something
different about the Lory Student Center.
The city of Fort Collins and CSU are working to bring an
estimated $6.8 million renovation to the student center, with the
focus being on a new and improved transit center, said Project
Manager Cass Bietler.
The $6.8 million would come from a Federal Transit Authority
grant to the city of Fort Collins. About $4.4 million of that grant
has been secured, said Michael Ellis, director of the student
If funding goes through, the project will add approximately
14,000 square feet to the student center and approximately 6,000
square feet of renovated area, Ellis said. He hopes the renovation
will bring “more attractiveness” to campus.
But the major reason for the change is the transportation.
“We hope it will promote more public transportation,” Bietler
said. “The students are the ones who use (the buses) the most.”
The proposed three-story addition will include several new
amenities, including a transit center office, a lobby and a
three-story atrium. The design will also be environmentally
friendly, possibly receiving certification from the Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design as a Green Building System.
“It will be the first LEED-certified building at CSU,” Bietler
The project will also mean adjustments for the organizations
that are currently in construction’s path. Offices that may be
relocated during construction are the Office for Service Learning
and Volunteer Program’s and the Outdoor Adventure Program office.
Both would be temporarily relocated and placed back into the
remodeled area when construction is complete.
“It will be hard,” said Rodney Ley, assistant director of the
OAP. “We may have to scale back on services.”
But Ley is confident that most of the program’s services will
still be available during the transition period. He said the
program may have to cope by sponsoring events that do not require
too much space, such as films and speakers.
If funding is provided, the construction for the project will
begin no earlier than spring of 2005, Ellis said.