Building Design & Construction

Green Building Council Member Seal

It is important for Colorado State to build efficiently, because buildings have a huge impact. In the U.S., buildings account for 36% of total energy use, 65% of electrical consumption, 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, 30% of raw materials use, 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and 12% of potable water consumption.

For more comprehensive examination of a number of past, current, and future buildings, please visit the Facilities Management Capital Improvement Projects website. For a synopsis of some of the recent major projects completed across campus, be sure to watch the overview video Flash Video (FLV).

A credit comparison between LEED-certified buildings on campus can be found here

LEED for Existing Buildings Report

Facilities & the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) partnered on this study Adobe Reader Document (PDF) to understand why LEED for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (LEED EBOM) is not implemented more widely on college campuses. It was a successful collaboration between IBE and Facilities with the whole team learning useful information with the experiment. While there are still some complicated obstacles to overcome (funding being the most daunting), we all learned that there are fewer barriers than we originally anticipated. In addition, we learned that some areas (like policy) that we originally thought would be significant barriers are actually quite feasible. This process was also a great opportunity to engage the stakeholders and key players on campus to identify the team that would be necessary to pursue this certification further. This study was funded by a grant from the Governor's Energy Office.

Microbiology Study Lounge Green Roof

Microbiology Study Lounge

The new Microbiology Study Lounge was completed in late 2008. It features a balcony, and natural light is incorporated as the primary means of light for the interior.

The newest update to the lounge will be a green roof. A green roof is a roof of a building that is covered or partially covered with vegetation and a growing medium, such as soil. Approximately 400 square feet of the study lounge will be occupied by a planting tray for various plants.

Greening the roof will have multiple benefits. It will reduce heating and cooling loads on the study lounge, reduce stormwater runoff, and filter pollutants out of the air. Approximately twenty percent of the vegetation will be part of an experiment, coordinated by Jennifer Bousselot, a PhD Horticulture student, who is researching green roof plant species to determine which western alpine plant species may be useful.

Student Recreation Center Expansion

Student Recreation Center Expansion

Totaling over 61,000 square feet of new construction, the Recreation Center expansion includes significant additions, renovations, and green features. A fact sheet Adobe Reader Document (PDF) has been compiled to highlight some of these features. For additional details and information about the Recreation Center expansion, please see the corresponding project showcase page.

LEED Gold Transit Center

The Transit Center was designed and constructed to meet the Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, which emphasize state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, energy efficiency, indoor environment quality, water savings and material selection.

The University, in conjunction with the City of Fort Collins, had previously sought LEED silver certification. At completion, the Lory Transit Center featured low-flow water fixtures, indoor air quality management and over 85% construction waste management. The Green Building Council awarded LEED Gold certification, indicating a higher sustainable rating had been achieved.

Behavioral Sciences Building

This new building is located south of the Clark C-Wing and offers high-quality learning spaces for students and room to hold faculty as the University continues to grow. The building was designed and constructed to meet LEED certification standards. For more information about this building, please visit the corresponding project showcase page.

Academic Village Commons

Academic Village

To replace Ellis Hall, the University decided to build the Academic Village as an environmentally responsible building. The facility features low-flow water fixtures to conserve water use. Additionally, there are displays with information on energy consumption as an educational tool. The two-story Dining Commons features a pulper that takes food waste and, using water, compacts the waste and then recirculates the water for conservation.

Additional Buildings & Projects

For further information and media on many more buildings and related projects, please visit the Facilities Management Capital Improvement Projects website.