CSU opens new science hub dedicated to animals, water and food

At Vida, visitors can see what it’s like to be a vet up close. Kids can engage in mock exam rooms with examples of x-rays and stuffed pets to test their dressing skills. There will also be opportunities to watch vets perform the procedures directly through a single pane of glass.

“Our vets will have microphones and they can talk to the people on the other side of the cup and answer questions and explain what they’re doing, maybe even talk about their travels and career paths,” Hettle said.

Many of these vets will be with the Dumb Friends League and will provide donor-supported care for companion animals.

A mock test room has been set up for the visitors.

Horses play a large role in the “Veda”. The other two-thirds of the building is devoted to animals and their relationship to humans. The Temple Grandin Equine Center uses a yard and treatment rooms to provide equine treatment. Nearby, a sports medicine clinic provides treatment for horses in return. Equipment and procedures include water treadmills and acupuncture.

“At the front, the horses help the humans, and in the back, the humans help the horses,” said Adam Daurio, director of the Temple Grandin Equine Center.

“It really illustrates this connection between human health and animal health,” Hettle explained.

The horse is preparing to enter the underwater treadmill (with a little persuasion). Adam Dorio (far left), director of the Temple Grandin Equine Center, helps.

Experiences and other arts occupy every corner of the building. For example, a 9-foot geometric cat sits in the center of the atrium and teaches visitors about human-animal interaction: when someone approaches from the front, the cat grunts, and if you approach it from the back, the cat screams.

This confusion of art and science will also be present in “Hydro” and “Terra”.

“So, it’s not just about teaching STEM subjects, but also about how to connect anyone who comes through our doors… to these big topics… and to show people that no matter your background, interests or specialty a role you can play in helping us meet these great challenges,” Hytel explained.

The overall focus of health – in the environment, animals and people – can also be seen in the physical structure and operation of the campus itself.

“Vital Rhythms” is one of many art pieces on the CSU Spur campus and was designed by RE: website. A horse’s head displays vital signs of a horse’s electrocardiogram using pieces of hardwood and a steel frame.

All new buildings at the National Western Center will be certified LEED Gold or higher. LEED Gold certification is the second highest rating a building can achieve. Some buildings are also historic and will be adaptively reused – even loose materials such as bricks and wood have been reused and incorporated into the campus design.

The center also invests in community solar gardens and the restoration of the South Platte River that runs alongside it.

Even more interesting is how the campus gets its heating and cooling: from sewers. Two large sewage pipelines that were above ground were buried. By using heat exchange technology, CSU can recycle a large amount of heat energy. Nearly 90% of the heating and cooling will be obtained from this process, which will save 2,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. It Larger The North American Sewage Heat Recovery System.

Inside and out, CSU Spur is an experience. Hettel hopes that people will come to see what the university and its partners are accomplishing, and perhaps discover their role in it.

“Our doors are open to everyone,” she said.


Clarissa Jay is a multimedia journalist for Rocky Mountain PBS. You can access it at clarissaguy@rmpbs.org.

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