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Buildings & Landscape

Green Buildings

In 2005, Colorado College’s 54,123-square-foot Russell T. Tutt Science Center was the first building in southern Colorado to earn LEED certification, and the first LEED certified science center in the country. Notable features include a shower for bicyclist commuters, erosion and storm runoff control, xeriscaping, an advanced HVAC control and operation system, wind-generated electricity (off site), low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, carpets, and adhesives, and steel stud construction so that the building can be recycled in the future. 20% of the materials and resources used for the building were manufactured locally, and the building includes materials reclaimed and recycled from previous buildings. 

CC has also received LEED Gold Certification for the new Cornerstone Arts Center.T he 72,419-square-foot arts teaching and performance building, designed by award-winning architect Antoine Predock and opened in fall 2008, earned LEED points in the categories of sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process.

Specific areas where the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center earned LEED points include the following:

  • Erosion and sedimentation control
  • Site selection
  • Urban redevelopment
  • Alternative transportation: public transportation access; bicycle storage and changing rooms; parking sites for low-emission and fuel efficient vehicles; parking capacity
  • Reduced site disturbance, protected or restored open space
  • Storm water management and treatment
  • Landscape and exterior design to reduce non-roof heat islands
  • Water-efficient landscaping
  • Water-use reduction
  • Optimize energy performance
  • Ozone depletion measures (heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems do not contain HCFCs or halons)
  • Green power (half of the building’s regulated electricity use is supplied by renewable power)
  • Construction waste management (67.9 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfill disposal)
  • Recycled content (combined recycled content value is 37.4 percent of the total materials by cost)
  • Local/regional materials (43.1percent of the total project's materials by cost were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site, and 23.87 percent of the total project's materials by cost were manufactured using raw materials harvested within 500 miles of the project site)
  • Carbon dioxide monitoring
  • Internal air quality management plans were used before, during construction and before occupancy
  • Low emitting materials used (green adhesives, sealants, paints and carpets)
  • Lighting controllability
  • Thermal comfort and monitoring systems
  • Daylight and views for 90.4 percent of spaces
  • Innovation in design: educational outreach; exemplary performance for at least 40 percent water use reduction; and exemplary performance for at least 30 percent recycled content; and green housecleaning program

The College is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the local Southern Colorado Green Building Council.