CSU Spur Vida
Animal & human health

Vida is Spanish for life

To live is to be connected — to people, to community, to animals. The Vida building embodies this connectivity between human and animal life, as well as the connectivity of the Spur campus to the diverse cultures and Latinx ties within the surrounding neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea.

The CSU Spur Vida building will focus on animal and human health, leveraging CSU’s world-class veterinary medicine program. Vida will:

  • Host the second location of CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center, which provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to humans with a range of needs
  • Partner with the Dumb Friends League to offer a donor-subsidized clinic for companion animals while providing hands-on education for CSU veterinary students and a science-on-display opportunity where the public is able to watch veterinary surgeries

The CSU Spur campus will be an art destination that reflects the local and global communities. Art at Vida will include works by Priscila De Carvalho and Norman Lee and Shane Allbritton of Houston’s RE:site Studio.

Vida broke ground in May 2020 and will open in early 2022 — view the video from the Feb. 2021 Topping Out ceremony.

Vida is designed by The Clark Enersen Partners.

"On show" spaces

Visitors to Vida will be able to watch and interact with veterinarians as they conduct surgeries or work to rehabilitate horses using tools like underwater treadmills.

Community veterinary services

Vida will host a veterinary clinic for companion animals serving qualified families in the neighborhoods surrounding Spur and beyond.

Living space

Vida will offer dorms and apartments for students and visitors to the Spur campus.

Aerial rendering of the Vida building
Street level rendering of Vida building
Rendering of an indoor arena with horses
Rendering of a horse on an underwater treadmill
Rendering of a woman looking through a floor length window
Rendering of an interior lobby with an abstract wall mural
Rendering of an interior lounge area with chairs
Spur Mark Created with Sketch.

Dirt is moving!

Our construction camera on site takes a new picture every 15 minutes.

Watch Vida come to life

Several CSU Spur partners will be on site at Vida

Dumb Friends League logo

The services the Dumb Friends League will provide at CSU Spur play a vital role in the organization’s mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at Spur will offer low cost veterinary services to pets whose owners cannot afford to provide this care, as well as spay and neuter surgeries at reduced fees to help reduce the number of cats on our streets and in our shelters. Additionally, the League will offer humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect and proper care for animals.

Temple Grandin Equine Center logo

The Temple Grandin Equine Center will host a second location of CSU’s equine-assisted activities and therapies at the CSU Spur Vida building. EAAT research will be conducted while providing related services to individuals faced with a broad range of special challenges and disabilities. EAAT services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities. Programming is underway at a temporary location at the existing National Western Complex and will be expanded into the CSU Spur Vida building in 2022.

CVMBS logo

CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences‘ presence at CSU Spur is an opportunity to engage and inspire the public. CVMBS will not only be able to offer the highest level of animal care to companion animals and equine athletes in the space, but the public will be able to view surgeries and rehabilitation that usually take place behind closed doors, in a model that showcases science and health, and inspires students to think about new career paths.


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