At its October 2011 meeting, the Colorado State University System Board of Governors approved the revitalization of the Lory Student Center. The project included renovation of 160,000 gross square feet of the old student center – which originally was built in 1962 – and added approximately 40,000 gross square feet of new space.
Encompassing three major aspects, the project intended to:
- Improve building infrastructure and systems,
- Organize and highlight Student Diversity Programs and Services, and
- Target growth that aligns with Colorado State University’s land grant mission.
Updates to the student center exterior and the 50-year-old mechanical systems provide substantial change in energy performance and efficiency, while life safety and accessibility deficiencies were corrected.
New space growth focused on the ballroom, dining and food venues, meeting rooms, student lounge spaces, and building infrastructure.
Total approved funding for the student center renovation is $65M, $60M of which is bonded and $5M will come from Lory Student Center reserves. Students approved a $70 student center fee increase in April 2011 to pay for the revitalization. The fee increase goes went into effect after project completion of Fall semester 2014.
About 20,000 people pass through the halls of the Lory Student Center every day.
- LSC Master Plan: The Next 50 Years
• Celebrate the purpose & mission of the LSC
• Expand capacity in venues
• Improve programming opportunities by creating unique & flexible spaces
• Clarify circulation in the LSC
• Upgrade building infrastructure to be sustainable & supportive of next-generation technology
• Develop a phased implementation strategy
- Theatre Renovation
• Project Cost $6M
• No Student Fee Increase Requested, SFRB Approved Spring 2010
• Construction began – June 2011
• Project completed – June 2012
• Architects Aller/Lingle/Massey/Perkins