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CSU Lory Shear Wall

Concrete Information:

Colorado State Univ. Lory Student Center

The project consists of approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 140,000 sq. ft. of remodeled multi-use office, student support, dining, and building support space. The existing facility required extensive structural strengthening. The majority of the exterior skin/support was removed and replaced with a more efficient thermal system to meet today’s standards. Additionally, the project included a very complicated utility package, civil/site work, landscaping, high-end exterior concrete hardscapes including site walls with specialty finishes.

This was one of the most complex projects that Saunders completed in 2014, with construction taking place on an active campus. Two ends of the building (Transit Center, Bookstore and Theatre) remained operational and open to the students during construction. The renovation included completely replacing 50-year old mechanical, fire sprinkler and electrical systems throughout the building. 

Fire codes, building codes, and earthquake zones changed from the time the original building was built resulting the need to structurally strengthen the existing building. This strengthening involved adding 23 new concrete shearwalls within the existing building’s footprint, and strengthening the existing pier foundations. Construction also included 42,000 square feet of carbon fiber reinforcing that was applied to the existing concrete, which was the third largest carbon fiber reinforcing operation in the United States. The Student Center’s staff and a dozen Student Organizations were moved during construction by temporarily converting the MAC Gym to modular offices.

Owner: Colorado State University & State of Colorado 

Architect: Perkins+Will  in association with Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado