IBE provided guidance for construction of the City of Fort Collins’ new Utilities Administration Building through sustainability research and consulting, facilitation of the integrative design process, and LEED certification management.

Completed in fall 2016, the 37,000-square-foot City of Fort Collins Utilities Administration Building facilitates a collaborative environment that brings together a variety of City departments previously located in six different offices. The building was the first in the state of Colorado to be certified LEED v4 for New Construction Platinum, the third in the United States, and the fourth in the world. Additionally, the Utilities Administration Building is home to the first outdoor living wall in the state of Colorado. This building is an outstanding model for energy-efficient systems and strategies.

Key Outcomes

  • First LEED v4 New Construction Platinum project in Colorado
  • Designed to be net zero, earning all LEED Energy and Atmosphere LEED credit points
  • Photovoltaic systems produce 50% of building’s energy consumption
  • 97% construction waste diverted
  • Building materials used have lower impact on environment and occupant health
  • Quality views for 97% of regularly occupied spaces
  • Post-occupancy survey conducted to assess satisfaction and wellbeing of employees

“For two years, IBE has assisted the City’s Green Built Environment Program, consistently delivering research and program advice in a timely manner and with useful insight. IBE has contributed deep subject matter expertise and third-party validation given its position within a reputable university.” – Tony Raeker, Green Built Environment Program Coordinator, City of Fort Collins