Colorado State University will soon have a new, 40,000-square-foot, $16.5 million design center that will open in January 2019, the university said Tuesday.

The announcement comes after Nancy and Curt Richardson — co-founders of Fort Collins-based Otter Products, parent of the Otterbox line of mobile-device cases, and Blue Ocean Enterprises — pledged $8.1 million towards the center.

The facility will be a creative space for students and faculty across a range of programs, such as interior design, landscape architecture, art, engineering, design merchandising, construction management and more.

"Integrating with our ... academic programs in design, engineering, business and the arts, it will be a magnet for creativity, where talented students, faculty and industry leaders gather to learn, discover and design together," said CSU President Tony Frank.

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