FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– Colorado State University is celebrating the grand opening of a new lab designed for some of the most advanced research in the world on horses.

In 2011 a fire destroyed the main building of CSU’s equine reproduction lab.

The new lab opened on Friday. At 12,000 square feet it’s 50 percent larger than the one that burned down.

Researchers said it was tough losing the old building but are excited to get back to work in the new, larger space.

“Imagine your life’s work being gone in a few hours. It’s taken us a while to bounce back from that. But now with the new building opening up we’ve got a chance to restart that,” said CSU Equine Production spokesman Patrick McCue.

The lab is created with developing reproduction techniques used around the world.