OtterBox Founders Donate $8.1M to CSU

The co-founders of Fort Collins-based OtterBox, the company that makes cases for mobile devices, have pledged $8.1 million to Colorado State University to help build a new design center.

The Richardson Design Center is scheduled to open in January 2019, and will cost $16.5 million. The 40,000-square foot building will be on Lake Street east of the new campus stadium, and will be used for students studying various subjects including interior design, landscape architecture, art and engineering.

The university says that the building will support their goal of making CSU one of the top schools in the country for design. OtterBox co-founder Nancy Richardson graduated from CSU in 1982 with a degree in interior design.

“Design has provided wonderful inspirations and long-term impacts in my life, and both Curt and I want to help inspire the next generation of professionals,” Richardson said in a press release.

CSU will continue to fundraise to reach the project’s total cost.