Colorado State Receives $8.1 Million for Design Center

Colorado State Receives $8.1 Million for Design Center

Colorado State University in Fort Collins has announced an $8.1 million gift from alumna Nancy Richardson ('82) and her husband, Curt, in support of an interdisciplinary design center.

The gift will help fund construction of the Richardson Design Center, with the goal of providing a state-of-the-art creative space for students and faculty in disciplines such as interior design, design and merchandising, landscape architecture, art, engineering, product development, entrepreneurship, and construction management. Scheduled to open in 2019, the $16.5 million, 40,000-square-foot building will house design studios, fabrication/prototype/ideation labs, presentation spaces, classrooms, and computer labs.

"The Richardson Design Center will create opportunities for students from multiple disciplines to create, innovate, and collaborate in an open and immersive design community," said Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. "We are now engaging in curricular planning to create these new opportunities for students in design-related fields of study."

The Richardsons are co-founders of OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises, and Nancy Richardson, who graduated from CSU with a degree in interior design, has been a design adviser on numerous projects, including the OtterBox campus.

"Design touches everybody, whether they recognize it or not," said  Richardson. "In our journey as entrepreneurs, Curt and I experienced first-hand the tangible benefits of multidisciplinary project management, and we are enthusiastic about the opportunity to encourage that same approach in design education."

"Designed for Greatness: Richardsons' Gift a Game-Changer." Colorado State University Press Release 10/11/2016.