Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Colorado College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.13 / 3.00 George Eckhardt
Campus Planner
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 has used the LEED rating system in the past, 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 2008). Both of these buildings are past the eligibility date required by STARS.


Total floor area of eligible building space (design and construction):
183,728.97 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) Square Metres
3rd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Silver) Square Metres
2nd Highest Level (e.g. LEED Gold) Square Metres
Highest Achievable Level (e.g. LEED Platinum) 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 Square Metres
Mid-Level Square Metres
Highest Achievable Level 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 Square Metres
4th Highest Level Square Metres
Mid-Level Square Metres
2nd Highest Level Square Metres
Highest Achievable Level Square Metres

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

Floor area of building space that was designed and constructed in accordance with green building policies or guidelines but NOT certified:
183,728.97 Square Metres

A copy of the guidelines or policies :
The date the guidelines or policies were adopted:
Oct. 14, 2014

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

The original college sustainability design guidelines “Facilities Life-Cycle Guidelines for Sustainability” were implemented November 23, 2009. These have been incorporated into the “Colorado College Facility Design Guidelines Manual" created on October 14, 2014. The purpose of the Facility Guidelines Manual is to provide design teams with clear and concise guidance related to specified and designed material and system performance requirements for Colorado College facilities. The guidelines are to be used for both new and renovation construction types. It is anticipated that the Manual will serve as the initial technical design concept development point in the course of preparing and delivering project construction documents. The Manual also provides a comprehensive description of the college’s intended design and submittal process, design intent and requirements for the design of high-performance facilities, and specific design and built environment requirements for various elements of facilities and infrastructure at Colorado College. College buildings which were constructed or renovated in the last 5 years covered under these adopted green guidelines include; Cheryl Schlessman Bennett Children’s Center, 2012 (9,249 SF), El Pomar Sports Center, 2012-2013 (143,610 SF), Slocum Hall, 2013, (79,143 SF), Spencer Center, 2014, (46,890), & Worner Student Campus Center, 2011 (100,779 SF).


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

The college ensures compliance with these green building design and construction guidelines by requiring project consultants and contractors to use and apply the guidelines during project design and construction. The consultants for current design projects (the library renovation and addition project and the east campus housing project) were given these green design and construction guidelines and the goal for both projects is to design for net-zero energy operations of the buildings through high performance energy efficiencies and the use of renewable energy sources.

These additional factors encourage green building design: the institutions core values include sustainability, the Strategic Plan addresses sustainability, the Design Review Board and Campus Sustainability Council review Design and Construction projects to encourage consideration of sustainable opportunities and goals to achieve the institution’s goal of carbon neutrality be 2020.


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

The full Facility Design Guideline Manual 2014 has been condensed for the purpose of the STARS report. The full manual can be found at:

https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/facilities/plan-design-ops-maint/design-construction-guidelines/

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