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CSU community invited to Durrell grand opening

August 11, 2013
by Cassa Niedringhaus

Colorado State University's Durrell Center has undergone extensive renovations that have set it up to become a state-of-the-art hub of the north side of campus.

CSU’s Housing & Dining Services will unveil the newly remodeled facility at a sneak peek event for the campus community, 2-4 p.m. Aug. 16. The center will provide meeting rooms, recreation space, study space and a dining experience for students.

“We are thrilled to offer this state-of-the-art facility for our students who will eat, engage, socialize, and study in a comfortable atmosphere while working toward their academic success at CSU,” said Laura Giles, director of Residence Life in Housing & Dining Services.

An appealing hub

The new renovations have set the 40-year-old center -- near the tower residence halls and Moby Arena -- up to become an attractive and appealing hub of student activity.

“Renovations like this are incredibly important,” said Tonie Miyamoto, director of communications and sustainability for Housing & Dining Services. “As we build new spaces on campus it is critical that we continue to update and upgrade existing spaces to ensure that the entire campus reflects our commitment to be the best living and learning environment in higher education.”

Sustainability a primary focus

The renovations to the existing space include a focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Solar tubes, recycled and repurposed materials, energy-efficient lights and equipment and a food pulper were included in the building.

“The pulper utilizes a centrifuge to cycle all food scraps and plate waste through a system that removes and recycles excess water while preparing a ‘pulp-like’ material for our composter,” said Miyamoto. “We are pursuing a LEED Commercial Interior certification for the building.”

'A big hit'

The Durrell Center also underwent outdoor and exterior improvements.

“I think the outdoor space added to Durrell will be a big hit,” Giles said. “We added multiple student study and gathering spaces around the exterior, as well as a dining deck that faces Moby Arena to take advantage of the Colorado sunshine year-round."