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 anticipated to be completed in 2023.
- Renovating existing lactation room in LSC to add accessibility improvements (Anticipated for completion – Fall 2023)
- Providing campus with a 5th permanent adult changing table in Canvas Stadium (Anticipated for completion – Fall 2023)
- Providing a restroom facility at the CSU Composting Facility on Foothills Campus (Anticipated for completion – Fall 2023)
- Providing 4 more covered transit shelters (Anticipated for completion in 2024)
What are recently completed inclusive facilities on campus?
- Added an accessible, all gender restroom to Gifford, room 140A (Completed August 2023)
- Added an all gender restroom to Clark C-Wing, room C203 (Completed Summer 2023)
- Provided a 4th adult changing table in the Lory Student Center (All gender restroom 387C) (Completed Summer 2023)
- Added another lactation room in the Lory Student Center (Completed Summer 2023)
- Renovated 10 existing showers that can be utilized by the entire campus community (through secure key card access), across Main, South and Foothills Campus. Structural changes, key card readers, and pull cords within the showers have been installed. (Completed Summer 2023)
- Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB) – 2 showers
- Canvas Stadium
- Coop Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) (Foothills Campus) – 2 showers
- Diagnostic Medicine Center (South Campus)
- Lory Student Center
- Rockwell West – 2 showers
- Athletics added a lactation pod for use during events in the Moby Arena (Southeast concourse) (Completed Spring 2023)
- 6 additional covered transit shelters were installed (Completed Spring 2023)
- Lactation room in Microbiology (Completed Fall 2022)
- Group reflection room in the Morgan Library (Completed Summer 2022)
- All gender restroom and a lactation room in Visual Arts (Completed Summer 2022)
- Lactation room and reflection space in Nutrien Agricultural Sciences (Completed Spring 2022)
- More lactation rooms:
- Research Innovation Center on Foothills campus (Completed Summer 2020)
- Ammons Hall (Completed Fall 2020)
- Laurel Hall (Completed Fall 2020)
- Lactation room in Diagnostic Medicine Center (Completed Summer 2022)
- Hydro Building at the Denver CSU SPUR Campus (Completed Jan. 2023)
- Covered transit shelters: 3 of the busiest campus bus stops added covered shelters at the Lake St. Horn stop east of Center Ave, at the Plum St. stop north of Health & Exercise Science, and at the Student Services stop on University Ave. These shelters, generously funded by PSFAC, provides 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 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. (Completed Summer 2021)
- Renovation of the existing two restrooms and addition of one all gender restroom in the Occupational Therapy Building, to meet ADA compliance and showcase a variety of accessible features in restrooms. (Completed Summer 2021)
- Pedestrian and bicycle-oriented information signage, starting with Main Campus (Completed Spring 2021)
- Automatic door openers were added to classrooms in
- the Engineering building (Completed Summer 2020)
- the Behavioral Sciences Building (Completed Summer 2020)
What are the existing inclusive facilities on campus?
All 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 over 300 all gender restrooms located across main, south, and foothills campus. For more information on their purpose and locations, go to this the all gender restroom webpage.
Lactation rooms: As of July 2023, there are over 30 designated lactation rooms across Main, South, Foothills and Powerhouse Campuses for employees and students to use. There is also a lactation room in the Vida building at the Denver CSU Spur Campus. Most lactation rooms are designed using CSU Design Standards. Additional information such as the Lactation Room Psychology of Color Guidelines (Word doc) are a good resource in designing these rooms. Lactation rooms are unlocked at all times unless in use. No formal key request is needed. Lactation rooms typically have 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 the lactation room webpage.
Reflection rooms and spaces: Found in the Lory Student Center, the Health and Medical Center, the Michael Smith Natural Resources Building, Morgan Library, and the Nutrien Agricultural Sciences Building, these spaces are available to the University community and visitors for meditation, prayer, and quiet reflection. The Morgan Library also has a group (community) reflection room. Moby Arena has a lactation pod available during events in the arena on the southeast concourse (NEW Spring 2023). For more information on how to schedule these spaces, accessing their locations, and guidelines for use, visit the reflection rooms and spaces webpage.
Adult changing tables: As of July 2023, CSU has three adult changing tables on our Main Campus (in the LSC – motorized table, Occupational Therapy building and Facilities Management North building) and one in the Temple Grandin Equine Center on Foothills Campus – motorized table. The Vida building at the Denver CSU Spur Campus also includes a motorized table. Many people are not familiar with adult changing tables. Many children and adults have disabilities that require them to have a caregiver to assist with sanitary needs. Standard “baby” changing tables are limited in the length and often can only hold a person up to 40 pounds. Adult changing tables provide accommodations for children and adults above these height and weight limits. CSU’s commitment to physical inclusivity also extends to our visitors. To ensure visitors who need an adult changing table have one, we have located these in all gender restrooms to provide a private space. CSU also has a standard sign to communicate to people which restrooms have this type of changing table.
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 to assist you with scheduling. You can find specific building proctors on the building proctor webpage.
Is there a map of the existing inclusive spaces on campus?
Why aren’t there inclusive facilities in all the buildings on campus?
The 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 the maps that show these proposed locations, go to the CSU Planning, Design and Construction Standards webpage and scroll down to “Additional Documents” and then “Maps.”
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, Engineering & Capital Construction, Campus Planning, Landscape Architecture, Operations, Remodel and Construction Services (RCS), Space and Mapping, among others. There are also employees representing Facilities Management who serve as members of the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee, which helps oversee the inclusive spaces on campus.
- Facilities Management has developed “Inclusive Physical Design and Construction Standards” in conjunction with the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee and the Student Disability Center. These standards include provisions for inclusive spaces such as lactation rooms, reflection rooms, showers, and break rooms as well as accessibility within our facilities. These standards apply to remodels of a certain size, new buildings and building additions. These standards can be found in the CSU Planning, Design and Construction Standards – Part II Design Standards – Chapter 06 “Requirements by Space Type and Use.”
- 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 2017 – 2019.
- 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 projectsg