A parking lot at the southwest corner of North Nevada Avenue and East Cache la Poudre Street is a little more energetic with Colorado College's recent installation of a publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging station. The new hardware comes courtesy of CC graduate Jim Burness, says a press release, who is the CEO of National Car Charging, and arranged for a separate company to donate the station.
“In combination with electricity generated from renewable sources, electric vehicles will significantly reduce carbon emissions and play an important role in advancing smarter grid technology,” says CC’s sustainability coordinator, Emily Wright, in the release. “We hope our public charging station in downtown Colorado Springs will encourage these emerging technologies on a local scale.”
Charging fees will run 75 cents per hour, with one hour generating between 10 to 20 miles of driving distance. The station joins several others in the Colorado Springs area, including one installed at the First & Main Town Center.
Quick: Name the largest city abutting the Pike and San Isabel national forests and Cimarron and Comanche national grasslands (PSICC).
That's easy, right? It's the same city that lost 347 homes last summer when the Waldo Canyon Fire in the Pike National Forest raged out of control.
Yet none of the U.S. Forest Service's five meetings to solicit comments on an the environmental impact of oil and gas leasing in the forests and grasslands will be held in Colorado Springs.
Maybe they're counting on anyone from here with any interest to show up at the meeting in Monument.
The meetings concern the PSICC Oil and Gas Leasing Availability Analysis Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), according to a news release, which analyzes the effects of potential future oil and gas development. The EIS, however, focuses on surface-disturbing activities only.
More information is available here.
To view the map of the Forest Service's proposed action for the Pike and San Isabel forests, check this out:
The meeting schedule:
Elkhart, Kansas: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Point Rock Room, 625 Colorado
Springfield, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Minnick Building - Baca County Fairgrounds
28500 County Road 24.6,
Walsenburg, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Community Center Meeting Room
928 S. Russell St.
Monument, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Bear Creek Elementary School,
1330 Creekside Drive
Fairplay, Colorado: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
North-West Fire Protection District
21455 U.S. Highway 285
For questions or comments, contact John Dow, Forest Planner, PSICC, 2840 Kachina Dr, Pueblo, CO 81004 or by phone at: 719-553-1476. Email inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
Also from the releases:
Only individuals or entities who submit timely and specific written comments will have eligibility (36 CFR 218.5) to file an objection under 36 CFR 218.8. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting timely and specific written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. Issues raised in an objection must be based on previously submitted timely, specific written comments regarding the proposed action unless based on new information arising after the designated comment opportunities.
Yesterday, Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights filed suit against the city in its ongoing effort to put a ban on fracking before local voters.
As explained in this week’s paper, the Initiative Title Setting Review Board last week rejected CSCCR’s proposed amendment to the city charter that would prevent “the extraction of natural gas or oil, including but not limited to, the processes commonly known as hydraulic fracturing and/or directional natural gas and oil well drilling, within the City of Colorado Springs.” The board contended the amendment violated the city’s rule against having multiple subjects addressed in a single ballot measure; CSCCR disagrees with that assessment, and even argues that the single-subject rule itself may not be legally valid.
The University of Denver Sturm College of Environmental Law Clinic will take up the cause, pro bono. That clinic is also representing a quartet of environmental groups aligned with the city of Longmont, which is being sued by the state for enacting a ban on fracking there.
“They’re very up to speed on the issue,” says CSCCR’s Dave Gardner. He adds that “the supervising attorney actually taught three classes about fracking at DU in the law school this last semester.”
With the suit filed in the 4th Judicial District, the city will be expected to file an answer. Gardner was unsure of the timeline for that; we have asked the city for more information, and will provide an update if and when we receive it.
Asked about a best-case scenario for his group’s effort, Gardner says that would involve the city simply backing down from its current stance.
“There’s still plenty of room for the city to do the right thing and not waste their resources in court and not waste everybody’s time fighting this in court.”
Here’s the group’s filed complaint:
Are we seeing proof of the hive mind? Or just two entrepreneur types who have the same idea about how best to approach growing produce during drought times?
And today I received info on a Fountain Valley area farmer, Charles Hendrix, from Abundant Harvest, who is hoping to generate $17,500 for a 30-by-100-foot aquaponic hoop-house to house two 1,000-gallon fish tanks.
Check out his touching pitch video, in which he lays out his desire to help feed more of El Paso County's food-insecure population:
A side note to Hendrix's crowdfunding campaign: He has opted to use Fort Collins-based Community Funded as his platform, where online benefactors actually purchase a product — called a "giftback" — as part of their donation.
Examples of what you can get include a bag of coffee blended especially for Abundant Harvest for $25; an Abundant Harvest logo t-shirt, also for $25; art prints in the $50 range and Broncos jerseys in the $150 range.
From Abundant Harvest's page, here's the details on the project, including the breakout costs for materials, etc.
Abundant Harvest is currently raising funds to build an Aquaponics system, a sustainable food production technique that combines aquaculture, the raising of fish, with hydroponics. The vegetables and fish work together in a sustainable cycle. The fish waste provides fertilizer to the plants and the plants keep the water clean. The system also uses only a fraction of the water, energy and labor of other farming practices. Because Aquaponics is a closed-loop system, it offers communities the independence to grow their own food.
The new Aquaponics facility will provide a sustainable revenue stream for Abundant Harvest by selling both the produce grown and the fish raised to local restaurants that desire a consistent source of local produce. The food grown beyond the needs of the restaurants will be donated to those in need of wholesome food.
This new source of income will help fund expanded social programs, such as a Scholarship Program and Temporary Housing for needy families that are experiencing “Situational Crisis”. The Aquaponics Grow Center will allow Abundant Harvest to make major strides in our growth and productivity and the new improved more efficient growing methods we are implementing will enable us, to produce 50,000 — 75,000 lbs. of produce, which will allow us to feed an additional 30% that cannot afford healthy nutritious food and add 3 — 4 more Food Pantries to our distribution.
The funds will be used to purchase the following equipment for the Aquaponics System:
2 — 8’ diameter x 50” tall 1,200 gallon poly tanks — $1350.00 ea. =$2,700.00
2 — 275 Gallon Totes with 24 cu.ft Bio-Filter Ribbon with air stones — $1,300.00 ea. = $2,600.00
1 - 275 Gallon Tote for pump sump — $500.00
3 - 275 Gallon Tote for Digesters — $250.00 ea. = $750.00
1 — Burdette Industries-rotating drum filter with 24” drum. 55 micron stainless steel screen. — $5,400.00
2 — 8” high pressure treated wood stands for tanks. Pre-cut wood with hangers -$550.00 ea. = $1,100.00
1000 - Tilapia — $0.21 ea. = $210.00
Gift Fulfillment/Campaign cost = $4,240.00
Michael Hannigan sounded an alarm earlier this month, as the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s executive director warned everyone that the storied Venetucci Farm might not have water for its crops, livestock or pumpkins in 2013.
“We have to do whatever we can to save this farm,” Hannigan said in the Between the Lines column of the Indy’s April 10 issue.
Friday, Hannigan announced that the crisis has been averted, allowing Venetucci to continue its normal farming operations in 2013.
We have a call in to Hannigan, but here are the details from a Facebook posting as well as a release:
We are thrilled to announce that the water needed to maintain Venetucci Farm for 2013 has been secured!
- File photo
- And with pumpkins comes ...
The community responded with a wonderful outpouring of donations and connections, which resulted in finding augmentation water to lease.
JV Ranches, which is owned by Sheila Venezia and her family, came to the rescue. Longtime residents of the Pikes Peak region, Sheila and her children, Dean, Kathleen, Rosemarie and other family members toured the Farm to learn what was needed. Almost immediately after the visit, they agreed to transfer some of their water to be converted to augmentation water and credited to Venetucci Farm.
Now, in 2013, the Farm will be able to grow healthy food for the community and lots of pumpkins for kids.
In addition, two other entities have since stepped up to lease additional water to the Farm. Special thanks are also in order for Al Testa and the Colorado Centre Metropolitan District, along with Perry Thompson of Osage Capital.
In March, Venetucci Farm faced a serious crisis when farm managers learned that there would be no “augmentation water” designated for the property during 2013. Under Colorado law, farms that rely on using their ground water rights to pump water for irrigating crops must purchase “augmentation water” — water that is allowed to flow back into the aquifer or down Fountain Creek.
Venetucci Farm is already looking at multiple options to secure water for 2014 and beyond. Farm manager Patrick Hamilton said: “We have identified several alternatives for a permanent source of augmentation water for the Farm. We look forward to working with the community to secure the augmentation water needed for the Farm’s future water needs, and to ensure Venetucci Farm is around for generations to come.”
Spring planting is already underway. And, most importantly, we can now gear up for the Summer 2013 “Raise The Barn” initiative to raise money for a beautiful, functional, multi-use (and much-needed) barn for the Farm. Stay tuned for more news about that important project in the near future!
From the listings desk: We see a lot of events here, and many recycling events for old electronics, expired medications and chemicals. But this one, coming up on Earth Day weekend, takes the cake.
The Honeywell Earth Day Recycling Event happening Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will host four entities that will take everything from scrap wood to old mattresses to dead cell phones. All that stuff that's hard to get rid of. And then some:
Discover Goodwill will take second-hand clothing, household items, sporting goods, small furniture and any working electronics and computers.
Western Scrap Processing will collect all small and major appliances, mattresses, batteries, cell phones and "anything with a power cord!"
El Paso County Environmental Services Department will take paint (both liquid and aerosol), prescription medication, medical sharps and household hazardous waste.
Some fees will apply for certain items, but most of the items will be taken for free.
For more information, call 637-6700 or see the pdf.
According to the Colorado Reptile Society, water and land turtles are returning to their summer homes after hibernation. Thus, you may encounter one specimen on his or her journey.
Naturally, you should leave the turtles alone:
If you see a turtle on a road, the best thing is to help it to the other side (minding your own safety!) in the direction it was headed. Turtles do know where they are going — turning the turtle around will only delay its eventual and perhaps unsafe road crossing.
A wild turtle moving around is not homeless — so unless the turtle is truly in the midst of a city, please don’t remove it from the wild. Treat it just like an elk in Rocky Mountain National Park — wonderful to look at and enjoy, not something meant for a pet!
The distribution, populations and trends among turtles, snakes, lizards and toads are poorly known in our state, says Colorado Parks & Wildlife. But you can get a fairly good idea of who's native with its Herpetofaunal Atlas.
But, if it is a herp your hurtin' for (like this wily woman, Rita), the society, located in Longmont, has water turtles, box turtles and tortoises in need of adoption. They need outdoor habitats like ponds or a pen. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.org for information.
Despite threats from Gov. John Hickenlooper, Fort Collins has become the second municipality in Colorado to ban fracking.
According to the Denver Post:
The approved measure was developed in response to widening public concerns about increasing oil and gas operations along Colorado's heavily populated Front Range.
It amends Fort Collins' code to prohibit oil and gas operations, hydraulic fracturing and some waste storage within city limits.
Dozens of residents urged council members to protect them from oil and gas activity that they see as a threat to air and water, and pledged that "we've got your back" against state authorities "if you fight for us."
Several other cities and counties have drafted or declared moratoriums on drilling while they try to craft local rules to address operations that increasingly are conducted close to communities and may threaten residents' health.
Last week, the governor told CBS4 that he would move forward with a lawsuit against any municipality that passed such a ban.
“Nothing," he stated, "makes me less happy then to have to be in a lawsuit with a municipality."
Currently, the state is the middle of a lawsuit against Longmont, which was the first in the state to pass such a ban.
It would appear that nature has made such a ban for Colorado Springs a moot issue. Due to "disappointing" results from Ultra Petroleum's exploration of its El Paso County, the Texas-based company has stated that it has no interest in further exploring the petroleum.
Hilcorp Energy Company, which also holds permits in the county, is still evaluating the results from its most recent well, says Justin Furnace, corporate manager of Hilcorp's external affairs.
The petroleum that sits underneath El Paso County does not appear to present commercial possibilities. That's what Ultra Petroleum, which holds the majority of the approved permits for oil and gas drilling in El Paso County, had to say when it announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Michael D. Watford, chairman, CEO and president, stated in an earnings call (registration required):
In Colorado's DJ Basin, our results in the Niobrara have been disappointing. Although our core and log data indicate the presence of oil in the rocks, the petroleum system is immature, under-pressured and not commercial. This has been verified by completion of test results from both a vertical and a horizontal well. Ultra assembled 139,000 low-cost acres and deployed it over the past 2 years and has no significant lease expirations until 2014. We'll continue to monitor industry activity in the region but have no immediate plans for additional exploration in the area.
In Ultra's annual report for 2012 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company stated:
In eastern Colorado, at December 31, 2012, the Company owned interests in approximately 154,000 gross (139,000 net) acres. The Company has no immediate plans for further exploration in this area.
In Colorado, our oil and gas leases are from private individuals and companies, as well as from the State of Colorado, and typically have primary lease terms of five years. All of our acreage in Colorado is undeveloped at this time, and the Company has no immediate plans for further exploration in this area.
The Company does not believe the remaining terms of its leases is material. At December 31, 2012, the Company had 12,245 net acres of leases in Pennsylvania, 2,000 net acres of leases in Colorado and no leases in Wyoming that expire in 2013 and it expects to maintain over 20% of those leases by production, operations, extensions or renewals. The Company does not expect to lose material lease acreage because of failure to drill due to inadequate capital, equipment or personnel. The Company has, based on its evaluation of prospective economics, allowed acreage to expire and it may allow additional acreage to expire in the future.
Hilcorp Energy Company also has active permits in the county.
Before you ask what this upcoming film, Midway, has to do with Colorado Springs or our area, or why it's worthy of this posting, I'll say that this four-minute clip (found on a friend's Facebook feed today) pretty much speaks for itself.
The issue at hand is of a global nature, and quite frankly everyone who uses plastic is in a small way complicit.
Which is why news of West Hollywood's plastic-bag ban going into effect today shows promise, or at least one step in the right direction and some continued progress, one community at a time.
If you're unaware of where to recycle your plastic locally, to keep it out of landfills (not to mention the wind, and ultimately the oceans), visit this resource page on the City of Colorado Springs' website.
Consider this an open letter of appreciation and acknowledgment to Bingo World.
Last August, in my exploration into local bingo halls, I criticized Bingo World and the Knights of Columbus bingo hall for not recycling the mass of paper and vending items (cans, plastic bottles, etc.) their businesses generate daily.
Being a greenie, I was personally upset to watch cans of recyclables headed to Dumpsters post-game in a very wasteful manner.
Donna Barney, whose husband Brad owns Bingo World, apparently took note of my poke, and emailed earlier this week to let us know that they'd just started a recycling program.
In an email, she said she expects to divert "well over half our trash" via her provider, Waste Connections — everything but food scraps and foam plates and the like.
So cheers to them, and let's hope other bingo halls in the area and all over follow suit, if they aren't already thinking green.
After Colorado Springs Utilities' board of directors sent Sierra Club packing last month by voting down a lawsuit tolling agreement, the environmental group is baaaaack.
Now, the group says it commissioned a study of the city's Drake Power Plant sulfur dioxide emissions and found that even if $120 million worth of Neumann Systems Group's clean-up technology is installed, the plant will still pollute and violate federal standards.
The analysis was performed by Wingra Consultants of Madison, Wisc., which also helped a coal-fired lime kiln obtain an air quality permit, which is listed among its other projects here.
"Martin Drake causes dramatic excesses of the health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide today, and even if Martin Drake is able to meet newly imposed Regional Haze emission limits with the experimental NeuStream pollution technology, Martin Drake’s toxic plume would still exceed the NAAQS limits for sulfur dioxide," a Sierra Club statement says.
In an interview Bryce Carter, a club spokesman, says he doesn't know how much the study cost the Sierra Club but the same study has been done more than 100 times across the country in the organization's campaign to rid the country of coal.
That's why Colorado Springs isn't the only city dealing with the Sierra Club's demands. Does this sound familiar?
Sierra Club's statement also cited another nonprofit, the Clean Air Task Force, in reporting a study showing $65 million in public health costs come from Drake, along with eight deaths per year.
Here's the Colorado map on the Clean Air Task Force website, which shows Colorado's risk among the lowest in the nation.
Dave Grossman at Utilities counters with the following statement:
The sulfur dioxide study commissioned by the Sierra Club uses theoretical modeling only. No actual testing of Colorado Springs’ air quality was conducted for the study. The EPA has not yet published guidance on appropriate assumptions for this modeling.
The EPA standard for sulfur dioxide prior to 2010 was 140 parts per billion (PPB), and in 2010 the standard was lowered to 75 PPB. In 2011, the State of Colorado Air Quality Control Commission determined that the Colorado Springs area met the standard.
In fact, ongoing local monitoring between 1988 and 2007 showed that sulfur dioxide levels were significantly lower than the EPA threshold. Sulfur dioxide levels were continuously tested downtown and at 10 other sites around Colorado Springs. The highest levels recorded each year ranged from 12 PPB to 26 PPB, well below the new standard. The sulfur dioxide monitoring program was discontinued in 2007 because the levels were consistently so much better than the EPA requirement.
We expect sulfur dioxide levels to be further improved after the recent switch to lower sulfur coal at the Drake Power Plant and the planned installation of additional emissions controls.
As an aside, realize that to replace Drake's 254 megawatt capacity with, say, solar would require installation of 40 solar arrays like the one at the Air Force Academy that sprawls over 41 acres. And then it doesn't produce power when the sun isn't shining.
Aside from all that, the Utilities Board, made up of City Council, is forming a task force that will choose a consultant to look at Drake and its viability over the long term, and whether it should be retired in 10, 15 or 20 years, or not at all. Members of the task force are to be proposed to the Council for appointment next week.
The state announced today that it will be contracting with Colorado State University to conduct a study of emissions due to oil and gas drilling.
According to the press release:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will contract with Colorado State University to conduct the study. It would be similar to an ongoing CSU-led study of oil and gas emissions in Garfield County. The first phase of the study is projected to cover a three-year period from July 2013 through June 2016.
A second phase to develop a health risk assessment would begin in January of 2016. As part of his budget request to the Joint Budget Committee, Governor Hickenlooper will seek approval for $1.3 million from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Environmental Response Fund to provide initial funding for the project. The ERF is comprised of proceeds from oil and gas development.
Read the full release after the jump.
UPDATE: Mary Talbott, a Colorado Springs resident who has watched the city's oil and gas regulation process like a hawk, has analyzed the proposed Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules and takes issue with several points in an e-mail to us. Among them:
1. The proposed rule doesn't mandate water testing if wells aren't available in the vicinity, and it doesn't require that monitoring wells be drilled.
—Talbott wants water testing mandated.
2. The proposed rule essentially doesn't require water to be re-sampled if water was tested within 18 months prior to drilling the production well or an injection well, which is used to dispose of waste from the drilling process.
—Talbott's take: "It appears to me that the COGCC assumes that no contamination or changes in the condition of water can occur in 18 months or less. To assume that there has been no change is unreasonable, and this section should be deleted."
3. Water testing results, under the proposed rule, are to be posted to the COGCC website "or through another means announced to the public." The proposed rule also requires the COGCC to provide the test results to the Local Government Designee, a local official who oversees oil and gas activity, "upon request."
—Talbott says, "Under all circumstances the test results should be posted on the COGCC website on the documents page for the appropriate well...." She also says the LGD should be given the report automatically and not have to request the results.
4. The proposed rule on the distance between wells and homes and high-occupancy buildings is stricter than the existing rule, which requires 350 feet in most cases.
—Talbott says that's not good enough. "The proposed changes to the setback rules do not go far enough to protect people," she says. "Given the information that continues to emerge about the health impacts of air emissions, the setbacks proposed ... are inadequate."
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The required distance between homes and drilling rigs would grow, and underground water supplies would require pre-drilling tests (as well as tests after the drilling operation shuts down), under proposed rules issued today by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).
The state agency says if adopted as proposed, the updated rules would be the most stringent in the nation.
It's likely the rules will have an impact on how oil and gas exploration will take place in Colorado Springs, because COGCC rules preempt most local rules, including those related to water quality and setbacks, and City Council members have expressed a desire to hold off adopting its drilling ordinance until the state addresses certain issues.
Council approved the ordinance on first reading Nov. 27. After many residents expressed disdain with the decision, Council postponed its second reading until a work session is held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. Council would then vote on the proposed ordinance at a meeting later in the month. However, that might get held up if Council wants to wait to see what the state does.
The issue is hot because Ultra Resources of Houston bought 18,000 acres of the Banning Lewis Ranch on the city's east side in 2011, and has been waiting for the city to adopt rules for drilling so it can find out what lies below. Ultra thinks the productive Niobrara Shale, which extends through northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, reaches into El Paso County.
The state's proposed rules will be reviewed by COGCC commissioners on Jan. 7, 8 and 9 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Place, starting at 9 a.m. each day. The commission is comprised of people across Colorado with expertise in environmental wildlife protection, agriculture, soil conservation, oil and gas production and regulatory oversight.
The commission may accept the proposed rules as written or modify them or pursue entirely different options.
Here's the news release:
State oil and gas regulators today completed groundbreaking proposals for groundwater protection and the reduction of drilling impacts near homes for consideration next week before the nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
The draft rules follow months of stakeholder meetings and public participation, including nearly a year of presentations and comment on the issue of how best to balance energy production with the need to minimize impacts on residences from nearby oil and gas development.
The two sets of rules were developed with extensive input from local governments, farmers and ranchers, the environmental community, homeowners, the energy industry, homebuilders, mineral owners, environmental health specialists and business leaders. COGCC staff has spent much of 2012 engaging these stakeholders in order to develop rules that protect the public health and environment while providing the flexibility needed to allow for production of energy that all Coloradans depend upon in everyday life, creates and sustains thousands of jobs and is critical to the state’s economy.
“These proposed rules reinforce Colorado’s role as a national pacesetter in the comprehensive and progressive regulation of oil and gas exploration and production,” said Matt Lepore, director of the COGCC, the state’s regulatory agency that staffs the Governor-appointed Commission. “These proposals contain mitigation standards unprecedented nationally and mark yet another step forward in fashioning a model regulatory framework that strikes a balance that’s right for Colorado.”
“At the same time, we understand that our draft rules will leave no one set of interests completely satisfied, and provide various targets for those who want to see it done differently,” Lepore said. “And yet, we expect most everyone who participated will see elements and concepts in these proposals that they helped initiate and push forward.”
Components of the proposals include:
—The new rules will require operators to meet enhanced mitigation, notice and outreach requirements when drilling near residences beginning at 1,000 feet. Setbacks in previous rules of 350 feet (urban) and 150 feet (rural) will now be 500 feet statewide.
—New measures to limit impacts may include pit-less drilling, steel berms and underground liners, strict dust and lighting controls and capture of gasses to reduce odors and emissions.
—Operators must engage in expanded notice and outreach efforts with nearby residents and conduct additional engagement with local governments about proposed operations.
—Operators must conduct sampling of water wells near drilling sites both before and after drilling activities to ensure drinking water aquifers are protected. This would make Colorado the only state to require sampling both pre- and post-drilling.
—Operators cannot operate within 1,000 feet of buildings housing larger numbers of people, such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals without a hearing before the Commission.
We tried to reach the Colorado Oil and Gas Association for a comment, but couldn't reach anyone. When we hear back, we'll post again.
Colorado College announced last week that it will soon overhaul Slocum Hall, the student residence building at the corner of Nevada Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street.
Though some of the renovation will address campus and student needs (such as a new lounge, new furniture in rooms and technology-related upgrades), much of it will focus on sustainability.
From the press release, here are some of the green details:
The first phase of the $14 million renovation project kicks off on Jan. 7 and continues through Jan. 18, the end of Half Block, with the installation of new, energy-efficient windows in the students’ rooms. Numerous other improvements also demonstrate CC’s continued commitment to sustainability. These include adding insulation in exterior walls and installing low-flow water fixtures, dual-flush toilets, energy-saving lighting with sensors and timers, a new heating and ventilation system, and individually controlled thermostats in the residential student rooms.
The window-replacement phase will be followed by additional improvements during Spring Break, with the bulk of the work slated to take place during the summer break. The renovation, which is funded through bonds, is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 22, in time for the 2013-14 academic year. ...
In a move that further underscores the college’s commitment to sustainability, CC has contracted with a company that specializes in international surplus redistributing; consequently, the used furniture from the students’ rooms in Slocum Hall will be sent for redistribution in a Third World school.
Completing the transformation of the 1950s building to one of the 21st century will be an updating of the exterior with the use of stone, metal and tile. ...
The renovation project calls for the use of local products when available. The general contractor is GH Phipps, which also did the 1996 addition to Slocum Hall, as well as the Western Ridge student apartments, the Worner Student Center renovation and the Mathias Hall renovation. The architect is CSNA and major sub-contractors are Olson Plumbing and Heating, Dynaelectric and Western States.
Here are a couple of architectural renderings: