Warner College of Natural Resources opens new wing

Michael Smith Natural Resources Building
The new wing of the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building opened in Fall 2018. Photo by William A. Cotton / Colorado State University

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.