Colorado State University - Pueblo opens Library & Academic Resources Center April 22
PUEBLO – Governor John Hickenlooper and Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia will be among the dignitaries to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the Library & Academic Resources Center (LARC) at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Friday, April 22. The ribbon cutting will begin at 10 a.m. on the building’s east side. Parking is available in the visitor and faculty/staff lots east of the Fountain Plaza.
The state’s leaders will join Interim President Julio Leon in rededicating the first building on the Belmont campus, which has been closed for the past two years to undergo a $24 million renovation. Faculty and staff offices and classrooms were relocated to various areas across campus for the duration of the renovation.
As part of the celebration, three separate tours – technology, green/sustainability, and academic resources -- will be individualized to cater to those specific areas of interest at 10:45 a.m. Attendees will be eligible for drawings for a Kindle and I-Pad and will be able to sample beverages and Country Oven Bakery pastries that will be sold on a regular basis in the building’s cafe area.
As the first building constructed on the Belmont Campus in 1965, the facility originally housed the Library in the tower, administration offices on the 6th floor, and classrooms in the wing. As the campus has evolved, the programmatic requirements of the Library and associated student services and support programs also has expanded. The renovation provides for 22,600 additional square feet of space, complete replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems, and significant improvements in technology.
Recent developments in technology have changed the way students gather and process information and the way instructors deliver information. The newly renovated building has been designed to physically react to and reinforce new learning processes by adding gathering places for interaction and collaboration. It also provides an atmosphere that focuses on information processing, management, and organization as opposed to merely information retrieval. The renovation includes more interactive spaces, such as group study spaces, gathering areas, technology learning labs, and project incubation centers.
In keeping with its goal of securing a LEED Platinum designation, the facility includes an innovative chilled beam mechanical system, efficient water and lighting fixtures, and daylight harvesting to dim lighting when spaces are lit by natural daylight. Nearly half of the materials used on the project had some level of recycled content.