Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.87
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 29, 2014
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Colorado College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.12 / 3.00 George Eckhardt
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Facilities Services
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Does the institution have any building space certified under the following green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations?:
Yes or No
LEED or another 4-tier rating system used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) Yes
The DGNB system, Green Star, or another 3-tier GBC rating system No
BREEAM, CASBEE, or another 5-tier GBC rating system No
The Living Building Challenge No
Other non-GBC rating systems (e.g. BOMA BESt, Green Globes) No

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:

Colorado College uses the LEED rating system, which gives credit to buildings based on five primary categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality. The College has two buildings that meet LEED certification requirements: The Russell T. Tutt Science Center (certified in 2003) and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center (gold-level certified in 2009).


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
54,206.21 Square Metres

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 4-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level (e.g. LEED Certified) 5,207.96 Square Metres
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) 0 Square Metres
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) 6,727.94 Square Metres
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 0 Square Metres

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 3-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Metres
Mid-Level 0 Square Metres
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Metres

Floor area of building space that is certified at each level under a 5-tier rating system for new construction and major renovations used by an Established Green Building Council::
Certified Floor Area
Minimum Level 0 Square Metres
4th Highest Level 0 Square Metres
Mid-Level 0 Square Metres
2nd Highest Level 0 Square Metres
Highest Achievable Level 0 Square Metres

Floor area of building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Metres

Floor area of building space that is certified at any level under other green building rating systems for new construction and major renovations:
0 Square Metres

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
33,751.01 Square Metres

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Nov. 8, 2013

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

The Facility Life-Cycle Design Guidelines for Sustainability seek to realize the vision and goals behind both the CC mission statement and the ACUPCC Climate Agreement. The document outlines construction and renovation guidelines relating to energy use, water use, building materials, indoor environmental quality, and site work, with the intention of reducing minimizing the environmental impact of campus buildings. Notably, the guidelines establish that all new building and renovation projects over $1 million must employ the US Green Building Council LEED Rating System, or an equivalent standard, as design checklist and must achieve the highest rating feasible, with LEED Silver Certified as the minimum requirement. Since this standard was adopted, several buildings have been renovated under the 2009 ACUPCC commitment policy of LEED Certified or equivalent: Mathias Hall, the President's house, Worner Campus Center, El Pomar Sports Center, the Blanca Apartments, and the Student Life Activities building.


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

The Campus Design Review Board is charged with reviewing proposals for new buildings and major renovation projects in order to ensure that they are consistent with the goals and values of Colorado College.


The website URL where information about the institution’s certified buildings and/or green building design and construction guidelines or policies is available:

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