The CSU Water Building is one of three buildings on the Colorado State University Campus at the National Western Center.

The CSU Water Building will be a collaborative space for water education, research, innovation, and policy. Opening in 2021 as the first new facility at the National Western Center, the CSU Water Building will bring together water experts and thought leaders to address the most pressing water issues facing the region, the country, and the world.

The CSU Water Building will be unique in the world — advancing state-of-the-art practices in water, providing a place for water-oriented conversations and conferences, highlighting linkages between water and urban and rural food systems and energy, connecting water users with problem-solvers, showcasing water sustainability, and fostering collaboration across sectors.

With its connection to a restored section of the South Platte River in north Denver, it will also provide a home for community activities and hands-on water education for students and families.

The CSU Water Building will showcase the innovative spirit of the West, that is a place of connection across disciplines, geographies, and eras. It sits within a rich and dynamic community and historical context, with a focus on the future and addressing global challenges in ways that reflect the spirit of Denver, Colorado, and the West.

Areas of focus


  • Data analysis + visualization
  • Policy research
  • Decision support


  • Support for business incubation + acceleration
  • Access to CSU researchers
  • Create solutions to water, food, energy challenges


  • K-12 and family experiential learning
  • Continuing education + professional development
  • Teacher training


  • Leasable lab space
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Research specific to NWC location

Fostering collaboration among:

  • Recreational groups
  • Municipalities
  • Agricultural businesses
  • Environmental groups
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Startups
  • Educators
  • Community members

…to advance water innovation in the West and beyond.

Denver Water

CSU is working closely with Denver Water to create collaborative research and education opportunities at the CSU Water Building.

Denver Water is looking to host its water quality testing program at the CSU Water Building, which can perform more than 200,000 tests annually, monitoring the water quality of watershed, treatment and distribution systems, as well as providing research and development opportunities for water quality applications.