With the help of Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mayor Karen Weitkunat and City Manager Darin Atteberry, Woodward, a fixture in Fort Collins for 60 years, started construction on a landmark global headquarters campus on May 16 on the site of the former Link-N-Greens golf course.
As part of the multi-phase campus, Woodward will donate 31 acres of open space along the Cache La Poudre River Trail to the City. The first phase of construction on the 101.5-acre site could start as early as August.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Atteberry made a few remarks about Tom Gendron, Woodward CEO, who looked at sites in other states before choosing a legacy project in Fort Collins:
“For me, this feels a lot like momentum, momentum for Fort Collins,” Atteberry said. “We just keep having more and more good news for this community. 2013 has been a remarkable year. What do you call it when you have a visionary CEO who is deeply committed to his board of directors, his shareholders, his coworkers and a community like Fort Collins? What do you call it when a company is deeply, deeply committed to recruiting the best and brightest coming out of our universities? What do you call it when you a have a city that deeply values history, its world class downtown and its passion about strategic, catalytic leverage? What do you call it when you have professionals who are willing to work 70-80 hours a week for well over a year to make this day a reality? What I call that is Woodward at Link-N-Greens, and I am so excited that we are here and celebrating this event.”