Colorado State University JBS Global Food Innovation Center
Fort Collins, Colo.
Award of Merit

Owner: Colorado State University
Lead Design Firm: Hord Coplan Macht
General Contractor: Haselden Construction LLC
Structural Engineer: KL&A
Civil Engineer: JVA Inc.
MEP Engineer: Cator Ruma & Associates Co.
Subcontractors: Brrr Refrigeration & Design Inc.; Independent Building Systems; Merit Electric; Total Concrete Services; US Engineering

CSU’s JBS Global Food Innovation Center is a 38,000-sq-ft, pre-engineered metal building added to the south side of the Animal Sciences Building. The addition includes a state-of-the-art meat-processing facility, support offices, a commercial kitchen with demonstration space and an instructional auditorium that can be used as an event space. Additional features include two smokehouses and a locker room.

The building was designed to provide a humane environment for animals and to maximize efficiency in animal-handling and processing. A special serpentine walkway helps to calm animals as they are brought into the building and a specialized cow floor provides a gentler surface for their hooves. Other provisions that contribute to a calmer atmosphere include ramps instead of stairs and the creation of areas surrounding the animals that are free from extraneous noises.

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