Building the Future of Chemistry: The New Chemistry Research Building

A new state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facility

In 2017, we finished building a new state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory facility, a home for students to learn side-by-side with leading scientists to solve global challenges. The new chemistry building provides 60,000 SF of additional hood-intensive lab space, integrating  collaborative student and faculty research across multiple areas of chemistry. It is located on the “Science Mall,” just east of the Chemistry Building.

This building has been awarded with a Platinum LEED Certification – one of two such chemistry research facilities in the country. 

Outside the building are molecule structures titled “Earth’s Blanket.” Earth’s Blanket is a chemistry-themed series of six interactive sculptures that represent important small molecules: water, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and freon-12. These molecules are the most abundant greenhouse gases on earth. Animated color sequences show the electrostatic charge distribution on the surface of each molecule – showing each molecule as it looks to other molecules. Learn more about these structures here.

Front row (L to R): ozone, carbon dioxide, water
Back row (L to R): methane, nitrous oxide, freon-12

Invest in Chemistry

The total estimated cost of the facility is $55.4 million, funded in part by the state legislature. Your gift will provide much needed equipment and other enhancements to the building. Let’s invest in the Department of Chemistry and its incredible momentum to create a world-class powerhouse for the chemical sciences.

To donate toward the Chemistry Building Enhancement fund, please visit:

New Colorado State University Chemistry Research Building