Thursday, December 27, 2012

CC to spend $14 million to green one of its dorms

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

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:

Colorado College
  • CSNA

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