FM Physical Inclusivity

Facilities Management is a leader in creating inclusive spaces on campus. We’ve proven that we’re committed to helping accomplish CSU’s vision of an Inclusive Physical Campus. Please explore the information below to learn more about our past efforts, recent projects, and what we have planned for the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What inclusive facilities are coming soon?

The following inclusive spaces are funded and in process; some have recently been completed; others are anticpated to be complete Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

  • Automatic door openers were added to classrooms in
    • the Engineering building (Completed Summer 2020)
    • the Behavioral Sciences Building (Completed August 2020)
  • General Services Building Lactation Room 313Converting 5 existing rooms to lactation rooms:
    • At the Research Innovation Center on Foothills campus (Completed Summer 2020)
    • At Ammons Hall (Completion - anticipated for end of August 2020)
    • At Laurel Hall (Completion - anticipated for beginning of September 2020)
    • At the University Services Center (in progress)
    • At Hartshorn (in design)
  • Providing information pedestrian and bicycle-oriented signage, starting with Main Campus (Completion - anticipated for September 2020)
  • Renovating 16 existing showers that can be utilized by the entire campus community (through secure key card access), across Main, South and Foothills Campus. Structural changes and key card readers have been installed. Completion of the installation of pull-cords will be complete in fall 2020. (Completion - anticipated for Fall 2020)
    • Rockwell West
    • Coop Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
    • Diagnostic Medicine Center
    • Behavioral Sciences Building
    • Canvas Stadium
    • Lory Student Center
    • Plant Sciences
    • Durrell Center
    • Engineering Renewal & Growth
    • Animal Sciences
    • Health and Medical Center
  • Renovating the existing two restrooms and adding one all gender restroom in the Occupational Therapy Building, to meet ADA compliance and showcase a variety of accessible features in restrooms (Completion - Anticipated for November 2020)
  • Covered transit shelters: 3 of the busiest campus bus stops will be adding covered shelters in the coming months at the Lake St. Horn stop east of Center Aver, on Plum St. stop north of Moby, and at Student Services stop on University Ave. The project, generously funded by PSFAC, will provide accessible seating and shelter out of inclement weather for many transit riders. Transfort has a system-wide goal to have as many shelters as possible throughout campus and the Fort Collins community for the many riders that use the transit system. The shelters will include technology notifying riders of the next bus arrival time. Studies have found that covered shelters with posted arrival times increase the level of ridership in most transit systems. (Completion - Anticipated for Late Fall 2020)
  • Providing directional signage at building entrances to guide people to the accessible entrances, starting with Main Campus (Completion - Anticipated for Spring 2021)
  • Renovating existing lactation rooms to make them more accessible (Completion - Anticipated for Spring 2021)
  • Providing campus with a portable adult changing table (Completion - Anticipated for Spring 2021)

What are the existing inclusive facilities on campus?

  • All Gender Restroom SignAll Gender Restrooms: All Gender restrooms are single-stall restrooms that have University-standard signage and a lockable door. The signs for all single-stall restrooms on campus feature an image of a toilet and the words “All Gender Restroom.” Many of these restrooms include other inclusivity features like ADA access, changing tables, showers, and free period products. Not including current construction, there are 305 All Gender Restrooms located across main, south, and foothills campus. For more information on their purpose and locations, go to: https://inclusivecampus.colostate.edu/all-gender-restrooms/.
  • Lactation Rooms: There are several designated Lactation Rooms at CSU for employees and students to use. Lactation Rooms are designed using CSU Design Standards. Additional information such as the Lactation Room Psychology of Color Guidelines are a good resource in designing these rooms. Lactation rooms are unlocked at all times unless in use. No formal key request is needed. Each Lactation Room has a table, comfortable chair, and locks from the inside showing vacant or occupied status on the exterior of the door. For more information, on scheduling, usage, and other guidelines, visit: https://www.fm.colostate.edu/lactation_rooms.
  • Reflection Rooms and Spaces: Found in the Lory Student Center, the Health and Medical Center, the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building, and Morgan Library, these spaces are available to the University community and visitors for meditation, prayer, and quiet reflection. For more information on how to schedule these spaces, accessing their locations, and guidelines for use, please visit: https://www.fm.colostate.edu/reflection_rooms
  • Break Rooms: Break Rooms allow employees to safely store, prepare, and consume food, without the requirement or added expense of traveling away from the workplace to meet this need. Break Rooms eliminate the necessity for redundant microwaves and mini-fridges in employee offices, consistent with the Climate Action Plan and Inclusivity goals of CSU. Further, some employees do not have a workspace to eat at or they are not allowed to eat and prepare food at their workspace while food preparation in a restroom is unsanitary. Having a standard for break rooms ensures that the elements in the break room are accessible to all (including sinks, counters, and furniture that are ADA accessible). Some buildings on campus already have break rooms. As new buildings, building additions, and remodels occur, more break rooms will be implemented with this standard.
  • For more information about inclusive spaces on campus: Please visit the Inclusive Campus website. Scheduling rooms varies by location. Many of the rooms can be scheduled using the Calendar functions through your University Outlook email account. If you don’t have Outlook available to you, contact the building proctor (https://www.fm.colostate.edu/proctors ) to assist you with scheduling. 

Is there a map of the existing inclusive spaces on campus?

You can find these inclusive spaces listed on the online university map: http://maps.colostate.edu.

Why aren’t there inclusive facilities everywhere on campus?

Facilities Management North Break RoomThe university is faced with limited space and funding, and tries to responsibly and thoughtfully balance academic space needs with all the other space needs on campus, including inclusive spaces. We have a philosophy that we share resources across campus, and thus with limited space and funds, we acknowledge not every building can have a lactation room or all gender restroom.

Our strategy is to minimize the distance people may have to walk or travel to a lactation room or shower, and try to plan to have inclusive spaces in one building that can serve as a shared resource for people in nearby buildings. As new buildings, building additions, and remodels are planned, we consider what inclusive facilities exist in nearby buildings to consider how and if inclusive spaces can be planned within the building project. Master plans that show proposed locations and appropriate walking distances for lactation rooms, showers, and reflection rooms were created to help guide where such inclusive facilities should be incorporated into buildings as plans are being developed to remodel those buildings. To view individual plans, go to the Construction Standards Drawing webpage: https://www.fm.colostate.edu/drawings.

Currently an audit and an assessment of existing building across Main, South and Foothills campuses is being conducted by the Building Department to determine accessibility needs and whether these spaces meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. These ADA guidelines have changed throughout the years and some existing campus buildings need to be renovated to meet these guidelines. The assessment is reviewing buildings that have the most student use, have not had recent renovations and are not slated for significant renovations in the near future. These buildings include Clark, Engineering, Gifford, Visual Arts and Yates. This will help determine future prioritization of renovations to meet accessibility.

What is Facilities Management’s role in providing physical inclusive spaces on campus?

A variety of Facilities Management groups contribute to inclusive spaces at CSU, such as Capital Planning & Design, Capital Construction, Landscape Architecture, Remodel and Construction Services (RCS), Space and Mapping, Operations, Parking & Transportation Services, among others. There are 5 employees representing various Facilities Management sections who serve as members of the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee, which helps oversee the inclusive spaces on campus.

  • Capital construction project managers and the university architect incorporate inclusive spaces into building plans. This ensures everyone feels comfortable and welcome in the CSU built environment. The project managers (PMs) also set up and communicate accessible detour routes around construction sites and ensure each building has an accessible access during construction. They ensure ramps and crosswalks meet and exceed the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The PMs collaborate with the CSU Student Disability Center during project design and construction, and receive on-going training and communication to learn about industry best practices for removing access barriers.
  • RCS plans and oversees remodels that include these spaces as well. They helped to convert many existing single stall restrooms into all gender restrooms. They are also renovating 12 existing commuter showers with key card access and other amenities, spread out between south, main, and foothills campuses. RCS is likewise converting existing rooms to lactation rooms – recent and current project locations include RIC D04, Laurel Hall, USC 323, and Ammons Hall.
  • Building Services helps ensure that buildings are well maintained to provide safe and accessible spaces.
  • Customer Services facilitates announcements about route closures and accessible detours.
  • Outdoor Services helps to clear sidewalks and roadways of snow and debris to enable physical accessibility for the campus community.
  • The Building Department and a few of the FM members of the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee help to write inclusive Physical Building standards to ensure inclusive spaces are incorporated into new construction projects.