Setting a New Standard in Fort Collins

We’re proud to share that the RNL-designed Utilities Administration Building (UAB) in Fort Collins was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification. This building is just the third in the country and fourth in the world to be awarded Platinum under the new LEED v4 for New Construction.

The new, three-story, 37,500-square-foot municipal office building was designed to showcase how energy efficiency can be driven through smart design decisions without pushing up costs.

The UAB will house the administrative functions of Fort Collins Utilities. This project is part of the first phase of the Block 32 project in Old Town Fort Collins, which is the beginning of the City’s plan to redevelop its municipal services complex and create a more welcoming civic center.

Through careful design, proactive analysis, detailing, and integration of smart assembly technologies, the project achieved LEED Platinum certification with overall energy savings projected at over 75 percent compared to the code baseline. 

These savings are the result of a great deal of attention to optimizing the performance of the opaque wall assembly. That process led us to push the performance of our glazing system (if we didn’t, our efforts on the opaque walls would be for naught). The overall result of this holistic approach to envelope design is considerable mechanical cost savings for our client.

More than 95 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and 90 percent of occupied spaces have daylighting and views.

Additionally, through the City’s Arts in Public Places program, several pieces of art created by local artists are incorporated throughout the building. These include a sculpture of the Poudre River as part of the entryway column, stained glass found in both the east and west stairwells, and Colorado’s first outdoor perennial living wall.

UAB now enjoys status as one of most energy efficient buildings in the state, putting it in good company with the LEED Platinum Net Zero National Renewable Energy Lab Research and Support Facility in Golden, Colorado, which was also designed by RNL.