Hydro and Terra Buildings at Colorado State University Spur


Award of Merit

Submitted by: Encore Electric

Owner: Colorado State University

Lead Design Firm (Terra): AndersonMasonDale

Lead Design Firm (Hydro): Hord Coplan Macht

General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction

Engineer: Cator Ruma & Associates

Electrical Subcontractor: Encore Electric

The Hydro building is the third and final building on the CSU Spur complex at the National Western Center. Renovating the 1930s-era building meant updating an old space with modern electrical and construction materials while matching vintage form and function to make a modern, functional space.

Focused on food and agriculture, the Terra building houses laboratories to accommodate a variety of testing, including soil, water, plant analysis and insect identification. The central utility plant for both buildings is located in the Hydro building and fed via a bridge between the two structures. The Encore Electric team only had one Conex box to house materials staged for installation. Orchestrating all activities, minding the schedule and delivering workers to the right space at the right time was paramount. Phasing the projects allowed Encore Electric to keep materials inside working spaces on the jobsite, utilizing just-in-time delivery from its prefabrication center and material vendors as often as possible. To utilize the limited space, the electrical contractor’s prefabrication team provided prebuilt racks for electric rooms, lighting and wall rough for laboratory spaces.