CSU System selects final architect for new campus at the National Western Center redevelopment: Anderson Mason Dale Architects to design food and agriculture building

Denver, Colo. – The Colorado State University System has selected Colorado-based design firm Anderson Mason Dale Architects (AMD) to complete the CSU Center for Food and Agriculture, one of three buildings comprising the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center redevelopment.

The CSU Center for Food and Agriculture will provide compelling public spaces, experiential learning opportunities and impactful research in food systems, furthering CSU’s mission as part of the National Western Center redevelopment to be a global leader in the intersection of food, water, and health. Part of that mission involves K-12 education, interactive learning opportunities for families, cutting-edge research, and authentic community outreach. The CSU System will break ground on its three-building campus in 2020 and expects to complete the project in 2022.

“Our focus at the National Western Center is to create spaces for every visitor to find inspiration and learn,” said Amy Parsons, Executive Vice Chancellor of the CSU System. “CSU will flip the traditional university model on its head to create a new global model for higher education, for research and experiences. Drawing students, tourists, families, and thought-leaders together to explore, discover, and work to solve the most pressing global problems of our time around water, food, sustainability, and health.”

Anderson Mason Dale Architects joins other companies CSU has hired, including project manager: CAA ICON; project architects: SmithGroupHord Coplan Macht; and general manager/construction: JE Dunn Construction.

The project is a singular opportunity for the Colorado State University System to make its mark on Denver, said David Pfeifer, principal at AMD.

“CSU will lead the transformation of the NWC campus as a national destination and global resource in food, energy and water systems education, research, and community outreach, said Pfeifer. “We are honored to collaborate with and support CSU’s faculty, students and leadership team in this exciting effort to bring to life an authentic place for the CSU System on the new campus through the design of this signature building.”


About the CSU Campus at the National Western Center

Colorado State University has made a long-term commitment to the future National Western Center and its surrounding communities in north Denver. The CSU Campus at the National Western Center will focus on research and educational programming in the areas of food, water, health, energy and the environment within its three buildings: the CSU Water Building, CSU Animal Health Complex, and CSU Food and Agriculture Center. What’s inside the buildings will bring together the brightest minds, inspire the next generation, and address global challenges. The University is currently working to engage with the community and to partner with local schools, nonprofits, and businesses to bring impactful research, collaboration, and year-round programming to this unique project. For additional information, visit nwc.colostate.edu.

About JE Dunn

JE Dunn Construction, founded in 1924, is a domestic general building contractor in the United States with offices in 22 locations. Our vision is to be an indispensable business partner for our clients by first understanding their purpose, goals and customers and then delivering transformational solutions with certainty of results. We maintain a commitment to our clients and their building goals while being true to our guiding principles — the philosophy of our business operation which is both family and employee-owned. JE Dunn’s purpose is to enrich lives through inspired people and places. www.jedunn.com

Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center

In 2011, Mayor Michael B. Hancock committed to keeping the historic National Western Stock Show in Denver. Since then, the City and County of Denver has led the efforts to reimagine and fund the future of the National Western Complex into an active year-round global destination serving the local community. The Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center is responsible for the construction of Phases 1 and 2 of the master plan.



By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.

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