National Western Center, CSU Spur Campus - Vida: A One Health Building

National Western Center, CSU Spur Campus - Vida: A One Health Building

Colorado State University (CSU) has been a partner of the National Western Stock Show since its inception, and has been involved with the current redevelopment of the National Western Center campus in Denver, Colorado. In partnership with The Clark Enersen Partners, CSU will bring together university experts, veterinarians from around the region, clinical and therapeutic service providers, and non-profit organizations to create a new Animal Health Building that focuses on various aspects of animal health, including the connection between people and animals.

The project is envisioned as an approximately 108,000-gross-square-foot building that will incorporate indoor and outdoor arenas, horse barns, clinical treatment space for small animals and horses, offices, and classrooms. The building will also feature mixture of residential living spaces including one- and two-bedroom Suite Style dormitory units and Studio Style units with up to 35 total beds. The living space will have a shared living area with a meal preparation kitchen, an outdoor rooftop area with grilling and dining space, and a large family style dining area. Additional rooms will be set aside to be used as hotel rooms during event season.

This one-of-a-kind facility will use a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach called One Health.  Created by the Center for Disease Control, One Health has a goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. The building will achieve this by bringing together service providers with educational opportunities, connecting rural and urban audiences, elevating conversations around animal and human health, and showcasing the expertise of our partners as well as CSU veterinarians. Its location will be on the main thoroughfare through the National Western Center, across from the CSU Water Resources Center, resulting in a compelling CSU footprint on the NWC campus. Along with the short-term living spaces, The Animal Health Building will provide: a home for veterinarians to treat equine athletes; a space for equine assisted therapies and activities; a clinic for companion animal care; and educational facilities that inspire visitors of all ages and showcase the connection between people and animals.