CSU SPUR Campus at the National Western Complex Targets Carbon Neutral (Vida Building)

Hadley Stolte, Clark & Enersen

The Vida Building is a state-of-the-art facility at Colorado State University that is open to the public and highlights the connection between animal and human health, with an emphasis on primary care for horses and smaller companion animals. It was specifically designed with flexible spaces that can be changed over time to meet the needs of the SPUR campus and Vida users. A variety of spaces from exam and surgery to therapeutic riding and equine rehabilitation are available for public view. There are residence spaces located on the third floor as well. Vida also offers equine-assisted services in the program areas of physical, occupational, and speed therapy; mental health counseling; adaptive horsemanship and therapeutic riding; and equine-facilitated learning. Equine health specialists provide medical and rehabilitation services onsite. Vida also features a donor-subsidized veterinary hospital and various systems, technologies, exam rooms, and support spaces for medical evaluations and procedures.

Vida, Hydro, and Terra's integrated mechanical systems allow for load diversity and balancing depending on the needs of each facility. Like Terra and Hydro, Vida utilizes the heat pump central plant for heating and chilled water to provide conditioning to four air handlers. It also features two glycol heat recovery loops to aid in campus decarbonization.

This talk will be presented with speakers from the CSU Hydro and Terra Buildings.

Learning Objectives

  • Integrate and showcase functional research laboratories to promote public outreach and education;
  • Learn about implementing a heat pump chiller plant for a laboratory building, using a campus ambient water loop or a ground source loop;
  • Learn about increased system efficiency using an intelligent high efficiency energy recovery system; and
  • Understand integration and collaboration between different design and construction teams in an effort to achieve net zero solutions.


Hadley Stolte, AIA, NCARB, is a principal, board member, architect, and laboratory planner at Clark & Enersen. He has more than 17 years of experience in the industry and specializes in designing science and technology facilities, health research spaces, laboratories, and higher education facilities, among a wide range of other project types.


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