New equine reproduction laboratory open at Colorado State University's Foothills Campus

A new 12,000 square foot equine reproduction laboratory is open at Colorado State University's Foothills Campus.

The $4.5 million building is more than twice the size of the building that was destroyed by fire in July of 2011.

The fire was one of the most costly disasters at the university, destroying $12 million in real estate, research and genetic material.

"It was tragic on multiple fronts with people who lost samples and part of our daily life was gone in a night and trying to recoup from that has taken many months," said Dr. Patrick McCue, and equine reproduction specialist.

The lab was housed in scattered barns and other buildings during the construction of the new building.