National Western Center FAQs
Who are the main partners on the National Western Center project?
Colorado State University, City and County of Denver, Western Stock Show Association, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado are the five key partners in the National Western Center redevelopment.
As Colorado’s land-grant institution, CSU was founded on the principles of research, service, and outreach. The University is a natural fit as a National Western Center key partner due to its long history with the National Western Stock Show, as well as educational expertise and innovation in the areas of agriculture, veterinary medicine, engineering, and environmental resources.
How will CSU's buildings be funded?
In 2015, the Colorado legislature provided state funding of $200 million for CSU to build three facilities at the National Western Center: CSU Water Building, CSU Food and Agriculture Center, and CSU Animal Health Complex. Another $50 million was allocated for the construction of complementary and support facilities on the CSU campus in Fort Collins: Health Education Outreach Center, Translational Medicine Institute, and Equine Vet Teaching Hospital.
What is CSU’s focus at the NWC?
CSU is focused on five themes at the National Western Center: food systems, water, energy, environment, and health. The areas of focus are intended to encompass a variety of subject areas relevant to the most pressing global issues and to fit within a context of arts, culture, and economic development on the National Western Center site.
Will CSU compete with outside organizations through its services at the NWC?
No. As a public institution CSU cannot compete with outside entities. All of the services provided at the National Western Center will be delivered in collaboration with professional and/or nonprofit groups.
How will CSU be partnering with other entities?
CSU is actively seeking strategic partnerships for the University’s work at the National Western Center.
Community is core to CSU’s plans at the National Western Center, and the feedback of neighbors, area businesses, and nonprofits plays a critical role in creating a space that honors heritage and fosters innovation. The National Western Citizens Advisory Committee is made up of local residents who helped shape the site’s Master Plan.
CSU has a long-standing commitment to the neighborhoods and organizations in the areas surrounding the future CSU Campus at the National Wester Center. The University has developed 16 partnerships with local organizations and schools, and has taken the approach of getting to know – and listening to – the community, supporting the multitude of assets in the community already, and responding as possible to community requests.
CSU’s programming in the community to-date is reflective of the offerings the University will have at the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center.
What educational offerings will CSU have at the NWC?
CSU will offer experiential educational opportunities for all ages, including food systems discovery, river-based water research, and animal and human health offerings. CSU aims to contribute programming that provides a positive local and global impact.
When will the CSU buildings open?
The CSU Campus at the National Western Center is comprised of three buildings: CSU Water Building, CSU Animal Health Complex, and CSU Food and Agriculture Center. All three buildings will break ground in early 2020 and open in 2021.