Campus Tours for Facilities Management Employees

The Facilities Management (FM) Employee Recognition Committee is partnering with FM units and campus partners to coordinate tours for FM employees to get to know CSU better.

The intent of the tours is to increase expertise about campus, promoting good stewardship among FM employees at the University. It’s an occasion for FM employees to step outside their usual purview and meet colleagues they wouldn’t normally get to interact with. We believe the tours can act as a bridge for relationships to form, positively encouraging a culture of collaboration and inclusion within the department, as well as with our campus partners. It’s an opportunity for FM groups to highlight their daily efforts, projects, and successes. Additionally, by sharing information about what the campus and our FM colleagues are up to, we hope the tours will add a stronger context for how FM impacts and serves the university overall. Read about the Tours for FM Employees Program.

RSVP by using the links below to let us know what tour(s) you would like to attend. Tours are capped at a maximum number of participant spaces, and there must be a minimum number of participants for each tour to occur. We encourage FM employees to speak with their supervisors if interested in attending any of the tours; all employees must receive prior supervisor approval to attend a tour during work hours. After RSVPing, FM employees and their supervisors will receive an email to confirm participation.


Upcoming Tours

Campus Recreation Center Tour

Campus Recreation Center

RSVP for this tour - January 15, 2020, 34 p.m.
RSVP for this tour - March 24, 2020, 3
4 p.m.

Tour will showcase the Campus Recreation Center spaces and offerings. The Rec Center offers great membership rates to CSU employees! Learn more at their website:

Past Tours

Animal Zoology E206-210 Remodel Tour

Remodel of Animal Zoology 206, 208, 210

This tour occured on April 12, 2019.

Tour showcased the renovation of the 2nd floor east lab spaces that were changed to classroom, computer room, and advising areas for College of Natural Sciences. Colin Glath from FM Remodel and Construction Services gave the tour. Thanks, Colin!

South Campus Tour

TMI at South Campus

This tour occured on April 22, 2019.

A driving tour of South Campus, including a stop at the Translation Medicine Institute. Thanks to Tracey Abel from FM Capital Construction for leading the tour and to Adam Anderson from FM Computer Services for driving.

Earth, Sun, and Fire Tour

Solar Farm at Foothills Campus

This tour occured on April 23, 2019.

Showcasing solar, compost, and biomass initiatives at Foothills Campus, the tour is meant to educate on the campus initiative of sustainability. It will highlight how and why we are considered a green campus and it also covers some of the impact it has in the community itself. Thanks to Carol Dollard and Stacey Baumgarn from the FM Sustainability group for leading the tour.

Hartshorn – Department of External Relations Remodel Tour

This tour occurred on April 29, 2019.

Renovation of entire 2nd floor and west side of 1st floor to support entire department of External Relations, including Creative Services, Photography, etc. Thanks to Barry Willier from FM Remodel and Construction Services for giving the tour.

Michael Smith Natural Resources Tour

Michael Smith Natural Resources

This tour occurred on May 10, 2019.

The Michael Smith Natural Resources Building addition features classrooms, teaching labs, and meeting spaces. Collaboration rooms overlook Sherwood Forest and the Canopy room on the fourth floor can be transitioned to indoor/outdoor space by opening its garage door. The Bristlecone terrace on the fourth floor offers some of the best views of the mountains on campus. A substantial green/living wall welcomes visitors to the new, extended atrium space on the first floor. Thanks to Rob Novak with the Warner College of Natural Resources and Tony Flores from FM Capital Construction for giving the tour.

Canvas Stadium Tour

Canvas Stadium

This tour occurred in April and May.

Thanks to Mark Paquette and Doug Max from Athletics for leading the tour of Canvas Stadium.

Nancy Richardson Design Center Tour

Nancy Richardson Design Center

This tour occurred on May 31, 2019.

The Nancy Richardson Design Center opened in January 2019. Among the studios and classrooms, the space also includes:

  • computer labs with the first virtual reality computer teaching lab at CSU
  • creative commons (The Design Exchange) for student presentations, gallery exhibitions, special lectures and events, etc.
  • ideation lab (including virtual reality equipment),
  • prototyping lab (laser cutters, 3d printers, CNC textile equipment, etc.),
  • metal shop (traditional metalworking tools, welding, as well as state-of-the-art CNC milling machinery)
  • wood shop (traditional woodworking hand and power tools as well as a large (4’x8’) CNC router)
  • sustainable photography and screen-printing lab

Thanks to Laura Malinin with the Richardson Design Center and Tony Flores from FM Capital Construction who led the tour.

Foothills Campus Tour

Pickett Equine Horse Sculpture at Foothills Campus

This tour occurred on June 11, 2019.

Thanks to Fred Haberecht from FM Planning and Design who led this driving tour of Foothills Campus, including Atmospheric Hill, the Judson Harper Complex, and the Pickett Equine Center. 

Heat Plant Tour

Heat Plant on CSU Campus  

The first tour occurred on June 6, 2019. The second tour occurred on June 17, 2019 from 12–1 p.m.

A general overview of the plant. Tour one of the boilers that will likely be opened for inspection. Get an overview of the feedwater system including the feedwater pumps and de-aerating tank. Visit the control where the operator primarily monitors the heating plant and two chilled water plants. Head downstairs to the steam turbine generator. Tour the condensate system in the basement, the final part of the steam cycle. If time permits, visit the chilled water plant. Thanks to Ken Vergo from FM Utilities for leading the tour.

Campus Sustainability Tour

Newton's Corner, public art along Pitkin Street  

This tour occurred on October 7, 2019.

Stacey Baumgarn, the CSU Campus Energy Coordinator, took FM employees on a green ADA accessible walking tour along Pitkin Street from Facilities Management North to Braiden Hall. They explored a few of the things that enable and support sustainability practices here at CSU. What is sustainability at CSU and what are the things you may or may not see that help us achieve our sustainability goals? Topics included: sustainability; green buildings; stormwater management; transportation options; renewable electricity; recycling; how and why sustainability matters to our students; and more!

Powerhouse Energy Campus Tour

 Powerhouse Campus

This tour occurred on October 15, 2019.

Completed in 2014, the CSU Powerhouse Energy Campus is located north of old town Fort Collins. The Powerhouse serves as the headquarters of the Energy Institute. At the Energy Institute, researchers are engaged in studying methane, air quality, energy access in the developing world, internal combustion engines, renewable energy, electric grids, energy and health, energy and society, combustion and plasma science, and thermal systems. Learn more at their website:

Learn more about Facilities Management recognition efforts and other opportunties for employee appreciation by visiting: