Colorado State University – Pueblo’s LARC earns coveted LEED Platinum designation

Colorado State University – Pueblo’s LARC earns coveted LEED Platinum designation

PUEBLO – The renovation of the Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) at Colorado State University-Pueblo has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Platinum rating, the highest possible certification from the United States Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of high- performance, sustainable buildings. The Platinum LEED designation is the first for a building in the Pueblo community and among the first within the Colorado State University System.

The University will celebrate the achievement with a plaque presentation as part of convocation activities at the start of the Fall 2013 semester. 

“By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to healthier more productive environments, not only for the people using the building, but for the community,” said John Barnosky, university architect and planner. “This certification level required not only an extraordinary level of commitment on the part of the University, but also the complete dedication and expertise of the project designers as directed by Bennett Wagner Grody Architects, and of the construction groups led by local general contractor H.W. Houston Construction Company.”

The first building constructed on the Belmont campus in 1964, the LARC achieved LEED Platinum certification for the innovative use of energy-saving air-conditioning and lighting systems, reduced water consumption, extensive use of recycled materials, construction waste reduction, and sustainable open-space strategies.

Following a two-year, $24 million renovation, the LARC reopened in April of 2011 with 22,600 additional square feet of space, complete replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems, and significant improvements in technology. The facility now includes an innovative chilled beam mechanical system, efficient water and lighting fixtures, and daylight harvesting to dim lighting when spaces are lit by natural daylight. Nearly half of the materials used on the project have some level of recycled content.  

 “Buildings are a prime example of how human beings integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The LARC building at CSU-Pueblo efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.