CSDA: Commercial


1st Place
Brewing Co. Expansion

Architects Inc.
Delta Construction
Odell Brewing Co., a 
Fort Collins beer maker known for such brands as 90 Shilling and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, nearly doubled the size of its headquarters with a project that expanded its production area, administration center and tasting room.
The nearly 50,000-square-foot building on the 4-acre site is located near downtown but adjacent to an older residential neighborhood. The building’s design borrows from agriculture and industrial forms, featuring a granary-type roofline and cupola, shed roofs and a stair-stepping parapet.
The 16,000-square-foot production area expansion includes a new enclosed tank farm for fermenting tanks, an extension of the bottling line and warehouse and a larger cooler that will serve new truck docks.

Sustainable features
• A solar photovoltaic array on the roof of the new warehouse, which includes 384 panels, provides as much as 4 percent of the facility’s electrical needs.
• An electric traction elevator – an alternative to a traditional hydraulic elevator – uses up to 60 percent less electricity and eliminates waste oil.
• Natural ventilation is used in the offices, warehouse and tap room via operable windows and garage doors. Large ceiling fans move air slowly in the production space.
• Tube skylights provide daylight in the production area, distributing natural light evenly. Electric lights are controlled by photocell so they don’t operate when adequate sunlight is available to light the rooms.
• Connections to trails and bike racks tie Odell to the community and reduce auto use by staff members and visitors.
• Waste water left over from beer production is used to irrigate the landscape instead of being sent through the city’s water treatment system.

Judges’ comments
The entire design of this project demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability.”


2nd Place
Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Housing Village
Phase 1: FCI Constructors; 
Phase II: G.H. Phipps
The Crestone, Culebra and Greenhorn residence halls on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus is a $52.5 million project that features three structures, with six house wings, three common-area great rooms, and a centrally located “grab-and-go” bistro. The buildings create five new outdoor spaces and provide 751 new beds on campus.
Located on the northern edge of the main campus, this 7-acre hillside site, developed in two phases, was transformed into a mixed-use student housing village, designed to attract freshmen and sophomores to one of the fastest growing campuses in Southern Colorado. The two-, three- and four-story buildings are pending Gold certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

Sustainable features
• The student housing village uses indigenous materials, local aggregate cast-in-place concrete, locally manufactured pre-cast and masonry, and a three-coat stucco system, which takes advantage of Southern Colorado’s concrete and masonry industry.
• The design creates a cohesive neighborhood by routing pedestrian paths through the buildings’ common areas and from the student union to the south.
• The placement of the three residence halls along the site’s north/south axis takes advantage of shade while capturing maximum daylight.
• With a new central plant installed incorporating water source heat pumps, the project features an energy-efficient means to provide heating and cooling, resulting in reduced operating cost over traditional HVAC systems.

Judges’ comments
Although sustainability doesn’t appear to be the driving force in this project, the exceptional architecture fits well in its context, making it a contender for No. 1 status in competitions with similar projects. Daylighting in public spaces was especially notable.”


3rd Place
The Springs Resort & Spa

Reynolds + Associates Architecture & Engineering
Okland Construction
The Springs Resort & Spa, Pagosa Springs

The Springs Resort & Spa project included construction of a $10.5 million hotel adjacent to the source hot spring in Pagosa Springs. The new building is approximately 31,000 square feet and includes 22 guestrooms and six two-bedroom suites. The rooms are centered around a three-story atrium that includes bar and library areas, as well as a 1,000-square-foot conference room with kitchen.
Goals of the project included a LEED Gold certification, with energy efficiency measures utilizing geothermal resources of the hot spring for heating and ground water resources for cooling.
The hotel’s location in the downtown core of the small mountain community of Pagosa Springs offers direct pedestrian connections to local businesses and services.

Sustainable features
• The landscaping and irrigation systems were designed to reduce irrigation water consumption by 52 percent.
• The building uses 31 percent less energy than a conventional hotel by using efficient materials, the latest construction technology and geothermal resources.
• A four-pipe fan coil system provides geothermal heat produced by the hot spring, and the use of chilled groundwater meets the cooling loads. These sources account for 32 percent of annual energy costs.
• The Springs Resort further purchases only green power from its local electric provider for the new hotel building and the entire resort.
• The landscaping and irrigation systems were designed to reduce irrigation water consumption by 52 percent.

Judges’ comments
The geothermal system alone in this project lands it in the upper 50 percent of energy-efficient commercial buildings. “

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