Powerhouse Campus – Fort Collins, CO

CSU Powerhouse Energy Campus logo

Greeley and Northern Colorado have a strong energy sector, one that is continuing to diversify. By partnering with our allies in the region, we are better positioned to use our historic strengths in energy development to find better ways of harnessing and using energy efficiently. As a member of the Northern Colorado Urban Land Institute, Benjamin Snow, the City’s Director of Economic Health & Housing, had the opportunity to tour Colorado State University’s (CSU) Powerhouse Campus earlier this fall.

The Powerhouse Campus is located at 430 North College Avenue, near the heart of downtown Fort Collins. The Powerhouse is located inside a former power plant next to the Poudre River. It serves as the headquarters of the Energy Institute.

The Powerhouse consists of a state-of-the-art 100,000-square-foot green building that is a model for sustainable building practices and innovative architectural design.

In 2015, the campus was awarded the Platinum Level LEED certification from U.S. Green Building Council.

Photo of CSU Powerhouse Interior


CSU Spur Campus – Denver, CO

Colorado State University SPUR logo

As part of the City’s larger strategy to build stronger relationships with Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Greeley senior Economic Development staff recently attended a holiday reception at CSU Spur, a campus within the reimagined National Western Center.

The National Western Center (NWC) is a 250-acre redevelopment project that hosts the National Western Stock Show each year and is a year-round destination for concerts, conferences, farmers’ markets, and more.

In 2022, the CSU System opened Spur, where innovative ideas and unforgettable experiences come to life at the National Western Center. Spur’s three buildings (Vida, Terra, and Hydro) are at the center of the landmark project in north Denver. Spur will ignite and fuel new ideas around water, food, and health and their impact on our lives and our world.

Photo of CSU Spur building interior, called Terra

Spur is where rural and urban, local and global intersect. The state legislature allocated $200 million for the construction of the CSU Spur project in 2015, citing the educational, economic, and public benefits that the campus would bring.

Greeley, as the county seat for the top performing agricultural county in the state of Colorado, along with CSU in Fort Collins, and this reimagined Spur Campus in Denver form a powerful agricultural triangle in Northern Colorado. With our region’s combination of excellence in food, water, and innovation, the future looks bright!

Colorado map showing Denver, Greeley, CSU agriculture triangle