Research, consulting, integrative design facilitation, and LEED certification management

The City of Fort Collins sought to reflect its sustainability values and leadership in its new Utilities Administration Building. To support the team in realizing its ambitious goals on a limited budget, IBE facilitated integrative project workshops that established and upheld team-defined guiding principles through challenging costing and value engineering meetings; served as the LEED administrator; conducted pre- and post-occupancy surveys to help understand the human benefits of LEED certification; and documented and co-presented the outcomes to regional and national audiences.

Today, the 37,000-square-foot 222 Laporte building exemplifies leadership in energy conservation, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality, while offering a collaborative and comfortable work environment for City staff and community members. The building serves as a model for the community, demonstrating that high-performance buildings can be delivered on a budget and can be great places to work.

Multifamily Tenant Engagement | City of Fort Collins

Key Outcomes

  • First LEED v4 New Construction Platinum project in Colorado; third in the country
  • Near net zero energy, earning all LEED Energy & Atmosphere LEED credit points
  • 97% construction waste diverted
  • Extensive use of low environmental impact and healthy building materials
  • Quality views for 97% of regularly occupied spaces
  • Post-occupancy survey to assess employee satisfaction and wellbeing
  • USGBC Mountain West Region 2018 Colorado Green Building of the Year award


  • Integrative design process
  • LEED Platinum certification administration