Colorado Mesa University has earned recognition for using green building techniques in a project to expand and renovate the Tomlinson Library on its campus in Grand Junction.
CMU earned three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative for the $25 million library project. The GBI is a nonprofit organization promoting green building practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole U.S. provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance green building certification programs.
“This is a significant achievement, reflecting a high level of effort to design and construct this facility with sustainability as a major focus,” said Gary Keclik, the building performance consultant who performed the assessment of the project for the GBI. “The Three Green Globes level of sustainability is an excellent accomplishment, and you should be proud of the manner in which you approached the design and construction of this facility for efficient use of energy and resources, a healthful environment for students and employees and fiscal prudence for the university.”
The library project fared especially well in an evaluation in the categories of emissions, energy, indoor environment and water as well as management. The library is now a part of the campus geothermal exchange system, which accounted for higher ratings in several categories. Dual-flush toilets, low-water flow urinals and energy and water-efficient kitchen equipment also contributed to higher ratings.
The Tomlinson Library is the third building at CMU to be awarded three Green Globes. Houston Hall, which was expanded and renovated in 2011, and Escalante Hall, completed in 2014, also received three Green Globes.