The University this fall is celebrating the opening of a soaring addition to the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building.
The 50,000-square-foot facility is an essential expansion for the Warner College of Natural Resources, providing a new student success center, meeting and office space, and state-of-the-art teaching laboratories. Reflecting college values, the new wing is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification, an indication of sustainability.
The addition is another new academic facility in a modern building boom that is updating the entire campus in the name of improved teaching, research, and outreach. In the past decade, the University has undertaken about $1.5 billion in new construction projects. A number of key projects have resulted from philanthropic gifts during CSU’s State Your Purpose campaign, which seeks to raise $1 billion by 2020 and is well on its way to fulfilling that goal.
The new wing of the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building is a $20 million project funded by students, through support from the University Facility Fee Advisory Board; major donor and alumnus Ed Warner, for whom the College of Natural Resources is named; alumnus Michael Smith, a natural-gas entrepreneur and building namesake; and alumni John and Dolores Goodier, among others.