Bay Farm Horticulture Center

Submitted by fmAdmin on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:13

In February of 2015, Remodel Services began to transform a deteriorating parking lot in to the new Colorado State University Horticulture Center. The objective was to build a state of the art greenhouse to replace the old greenhouse at the Plant Environmental Research Center. The project had to be completed before the fall of 2015 so that the old greenhouse could be torn down to make way for the new football stadium. The incredibly short duration of this project would require all CSU employees and outside construction workers to collaborate closely together so that the project could be completed within a tight deadline.

Before Remodel

The project began with the removal of the old parking lot. Since the construction site was on the edge of a floodplain, careful precautions were taken throughout the project to ensure that nothing contaminated the communities’ rivers and streams.


Bay Farm horticulture building before remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building before remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building before remodel.

During Remodel

With the asphalt removed, construction then proceeded on to laying the concrete foundation. Due to the irrigation needs of the greenhouse, special pipes were placed in the concrete before it hardened to provide drainage for the daily watering activities.


Bay Farm horticulture building during remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building during remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building during remodel.

A support structure was also constructed adjacent to the greenhouse. It contains a classroom, labs for research, and an office space for graduate students.


Bay Farm horticulture building during remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building during remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building during remodel.

After Remodel

The project was completed on time and this was only possible because of the close collaboration of CSU employees and the outside contractors who worked on the project. The floor of greenhouse contains approximately 20,000 square feet of floor space for plants to grow in. Heaters and irrigation systems allow for plants to thrive in the building all year long. The new Plant Environmental Research Center is now fully operational and is currently making great strides in to horticulture research.


Bay Farm horticulture building after remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building after remodel.


Bay Farm horticulture building after remodel.