G. Rogers U.S. Federal Courthouse
Submitted by Martin/Martin Inc. and Bennett
Wagner Grody Architects
Byron G. Rogers US Federal
Addition and Renovation
Bennett Wagner Grody Architects
Consultants: Martin/Martin Inc.
Among the Subcontractors:
The RMH Group, Walsh Environmental, E-Cube; Lime
Green Design; Ambient Energy
This urban redevelopment project was completed under the
GSA's First Impressions program, created to promote and reinforce
the values of public buildings, and its Design Excellence
and Construction Program. The courthouse was one of the first
50 projects designated for the pilot project for the U.S.
Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings' program.
Most of the new wood installed meets the Forest Stewardship
Council guidelines for sustainable harvested wood products.
Half of all materials used on the project had some level of
recycled content. Alternative transportation options, reduced
site disturbance, light pollution reduction, "green"
site and building exterior management, reuse of existing materials,
optimized energy performance, water-efficient fixtures, increased
daylighting and improved air quality helped the project fulfill
LEED criteria for a sustainable site/building.
Originally designed by Fisher & Davis with James Sudler
Associates, the courthouse is a classic example of the Formalist
tradition, prominent after World War II. As such, much care
was taken to preserve the building's Formalist hallmarks.
Structural engineering services included the design of structural
upgrades throughout the building, progressive collapse evaluation
of the existing structure and new site-perimeter, vehicle-arrest
barriers. Challenges included cover-plating existing framing
to bring the structure up to current codes for increased floor
loading, seismic upgrades for life-safety structural components
and the design of a new glass entry vestibule resistant to
Civil services included site and street utility work to implement
lane closures (requiring moving and extensive coordination
of existing utilities) for security purposes and aesthetically
pleasing vehicle barriers to enhance site-perimeter security.
Sustainable Design: Sustainable
Ranch House in Douglas County
Submitted by Hutton Ford Architects
Sustainable Ranch House
in Douglas County
and Christine Hutton
Hutton Ford Architects
Consultants: Studio NYL Structural Engineers,
Silvertip Engineering, EMS Engineering
Paul Hutton, Log Home Building Services
Among the Subcontractors:
TValley Geothermal, Pro Plumbing, Yukon Electric,
Recla Metals, Alpen Inc., Whispering Wind Designs
Located within a land conservancy in rural Douglas County,
this house is surrounded by an expanse of dedicated open space,
adjoining a stretch of West Plum Creek. Because a significant
portion of the property is a wildlife-corridor easement, the
house is oriented to provide views of the abundant wildlife,
including elk, coyotes, golden eagles and the occasional mountain
The West Plum Creek Valley contains many historic ranching
and farming structures whose simplicity and organizational
strength inspired the design. Roof forms include sheds of
varying pitch, a center-gabled skylight and cupola. The extended
plan of the house results in two courtyards - the east courtyard
conceals vehicle parking while the west courtyard shelters
family activities and opens to views of the creek and the
Energy conservation and environmental sustainability were
of paramount importance in the design of the house. Building-shell
features include structural insulated panels at all exterior
walls (R-25) and roofs (R-38); triple-pane windows with krypton/argon
filling and low-e coated film (R-7.5); insulated concrete
foundation and slab-on-grade.
Renewable energy features include 3.3 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic
panels; 1.6 kW wind turbine on a 35-ft mast; and solar domestic
hot water panels on a cupola roof. Energy conservation features
include a geo-exchange system with six vertical borings 205
ft deep; radiant in-floor heating and cooling; natural ventilation
assisted by a whole-house fan; and wood burning, EPA Phase
The house also features a number of sustainable materials,
including Colorado-fabricated corrugated "rusty"
tin roofing; cement-board siding and trim with baked-on wood-grain
finish; Colorado-harvested beetle-kill pine flooring and interior
doors; and Ponderosa pine-peeled log structural columns.
Center of the Rockies
Submitted by J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
Center of the Rockies
Center of the Rockies
HLM - Heery International
Consultants: BHA Design, Cator, Ruma & Associates,
Martin/Martin Inc., S.A. Miro Inc.
Dunn Construction Co.
Among the Subcontractors:Ace
Tile and Terrazzo, B&C Steel/Metro Steel, B&W
Glass Inc., Coggins & Sons, Commercial Design Inc.,
Concrete Foundations and Flatwork Inc., Connell Resources,
Curtain Wall Design, D&D Monarch, Douglass Roofing
Co., FEC Heliports, Front Range Steel, Glover Masonry,
ISEC Inc., The Neenan Co., Penhall Co., Scheduling Consultants,
Skyline Steel, Soderberg Masonry, Spacecon Specialty
Contractors, Sturgeon Electric, U.S. Engineering Co.
Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland is changing the
definition of health care. This five-story, world-class tertiary
hospital combines state-of-the-art technology with family-centered
patient care, serving northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and western
The center's healing environment embraces all 92 acres and
570,000 sq ft of finished building. The surrounding landscape
features multiple public and private courtyards where patients,
family members and hospital staff are surrounded by native
plants, rivers and calming water features.
The campus also incorporates nearly two miles of walking
and biking trails to connect it with the surrounding community.
The two five-story patient towers are joined by an open atrium
with walls covered in native sandstone, a four-story curtain
wall and a skylight. Patient rooms provide dramatic mountain
views. The exterior of the building also has native sandstone,
brick and metal panels that represent the architecture of
LEED-silver certification will be sought for the project.
Key points achieved under these standards include supplying
building materials that contain at least 20 percent recycled
content, locally and regionally harvested and manufactured
materials, establishing a construction-waste recycling program,
using sustainable site development and energy-efficient features
throughout the building. Upon certification, the facility
will be the second LEED-silver-certified hospital in Colorado
and across the United States.
Design: NREL Science and Technology
Submitted by M. A. Mortenson Co. and SmithGroup
Science and Technology Facility
Renewable Energy Lab, U.S. Department of Energy
SmithGroup Inc., Coover-Clark & Associates PC
Consultants: Architectural Energy Corp., CCP
Wind Engineering Consultants, Colin Gordon & Associates,
CTL/Thompson Materials Engineers, Engineering Economics
Inc., Martin/Martin Inc., Paul Koehler Leffler, PSI,
Wenk Landscape Architects
M.A. Mortenson Co.
Among the Subcontractors:
A.P. Eberlein Co., Ceco Concrete Construction LLC, Central
Ready Mix & Concrete Pumping, Douglass Roofing Co.,
Eagle Precast, Four Star Drywall, Gibbons Erectors,
Heating & Plumbing Engineers, Horizon Glass Co.,
Intermountain, Jordy Carter, Lafarge, Lafarge West,
LPR, On Time Steel Management, Parker Steel Co., Rio
Grande Co., Sturgeon Electric Co., Thoutt Bros.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new Science and
Technology Facility in Golden is a 71,000-gross-sq-ft facility
housing solar, basic science and hydrogen research. It was
designed with energy-efficient features expected to reduce
consumption by 41 percent compared to similar new federal
buildings. The building was designed according to LEED-gold
Advanced computer simulations integrated the programmatic
needs of the building while assisting designers as they strove
to meet the advanced energy goals. The implementation of daylighting
strategies, along with integrated automatic lighting control
systems and an advanced mechanical system will reduce energy
needs for both lighting and cooling.
The NREL S&TF is a showcase for land use and architectural
integration into the existing environment. By designing a
multi-story facility, the building's footprint was reduced
by approximately 45,000 sq ft, conserving valuable land for
future expansion. Water conservation technologies, use of
sustainable materials/resources and indoor environmental quality
features have been implemented.
Laboratory components that have vibration sensitivity such
as the characterization labs are placed on grade to minimize
site- and building-generated vibrations. The vertical zoning
of the building allows for daylight and views into all occupied
areas of the building. The lab modules on the first level
opposite the office component are light sensitive, and daylight
will be incorporated only into the circulation corridor.
Center at Colorado State University's
Lory Student Center - Phase
Submitted by Mark Young Construction Inc.
Transit Center at Colorado
Lory Student Center - Phase II
of Fort Collins
Coover-Clark & Associates PC
Consultants: S.A. Miro, BCER, Institute for the
Built Environment - CSU
Mark Young Construction Inc.
The renovation of the north entrance to the Lory Student
Center is a collaborative project between the city and university
that provides Transfort riders with indoor space to wait for
buses, a Transfort office, information desk, convenience store
and space for RamRide, which offers students rides home from
nightclubs. The renovation adds 14,458 sq ft of new space
and renovation of 7,749 sq ft of existing space.
The Federal Transportation Authority renovation incorporates
specific improvements designed to qualify the hub LEED-gold
or silver certification, including recycling more than 90
percent of the construction waste generated on the project.
Work included site excavation and demolition, renovation
and addition to the existing facility, utilities, grading,
landscaping and irrigation. Construction highlights included
preservation and reuse of the natural stone from the face
of the original building, natural daylighting, artistically
stained concrete floors, the salvage and refurbishment of
roll-down grilles, glass display cases, restroom fixtures,
plus relocation of existing refrigeration units to a new convenience
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