At its October 2011 meeting, the Colorado State University System Board of Governors approved the revitalization of the Lory Student Center. The project includes renovation of 160,000 gross square feet of the existing student center – which originally was built in 1962 – and adds approximately 40,000 gross square feet of new space.
Encompassing three major aspects, the project will: improve building infrastructure and systems,
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 will provide substantial change in energy performance and efficiency, while life safety and accessibility deficiencies also will be corrected.
New space growth will be focused on the ballroom, dining and food venues, meeting rooms, student lounge spaces, and building infrastructure.
The Lory Student Center Theatre renovation, which was approved by the Board of Governors in June 2010, was completed in May 2012, providing space for programs and events as the student center revitalization progresses. Architects for the theatre project were Aller Lingle Massey Architects P.C. and Perkins + Will.
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 into effect after project completion, anticipated to be Fall semester 2014.
About 20,000 people pass through the halls of the Lory Student Center every day.