Fort Collins, Colo. – Through the collaboration numerous industry leaders, the City of Fort Collins Gardens on Spring Creek has achieved LEED Gold® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for The Gardens’ Visitor Center expansion. The building was awarded the V4 ID+C: Commercial Interiors certification with 65 points.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, providing a framework for healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
“It was a pleasure to work with a creative and resourceful team of experts to achieve LEED Gold on this unique project,” said Michelle Provaznik, Director of the Gardens on Spring Creek. “The Visitor’s Center is beautiful, functional and sustainable – what more could we ask for our botanic garden?”
The Gardens on Spring Creek Visitor Center was originally built in 2004. The 2019 renovation was part of a two-year, $6 million expansion project that allowed The Gardens to fully realize its Master Plan. As the heart of The Gardens’ operations and visitor experience, it now features a large community meeting room, new entry way with gift shop, café concessions (slated to open in 2021) and additional office space.
In addition, the Visitor Center now features the Butterfly House – a year-round glass house home to hundreds of North American butterflies and dozens of varieties of flowering plants, operated in partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion. This warm and experiential sensory experience allows all ages to get “up close” to both butterflies and plants in a tropical environment. The garden was carefully curated to provide nectar-rich plants for the butterflies, as well as locations for roosting, resting and basking.
The expansion was designed by Architecture West, LLC and executed by Elder Construction as the general contractor. NORESCO also played a key role in the certification process. A full list of partners is provided below.
“Not often are we able to participate in the design and construction of a facility that will so greatly impact our community,” said Patrick Elder, Vice President of Northern Colorado, LEED AP for Elder Construction. “Our team thrived on the challenge of constructing such a unique building. A glass conservatory designed to create a living environment for butterflies and meet LEED Gold® standards is one of a kind. We are thankful to have worked alongside brilliant engineering minds and talented craftsmen. We truly hope the Butterfly House and Visitor Center will be enjoyed by many for years and years to come.”
“It was a team effort achieving LEED Gold® under LEED v4, and we are grateful to have served as the sustainability advisor on this amazing community attribute,” said Sue Bryant, Senior Sustainability Consultant at NORESCO. “The team was able to achieve the city’s sustainability goals through the use of renewable energy systems, water re-duction strategies, quality views and significant reduction in construction waste.”
The following organizations were involved in the design and construction of the Visitor Center, as part of the Master Plan Expansion Project:
Acoustics & Interiors
Advanced Roofing Technologies
Aggie Plumbing & Service, Inc.
Applied Technical Services, Inc.
Architecture West, LLC
Ballinger Custom Construction, Inc.
Brothers Door Supply, Inc.
Clean It Up
Concrete Floor Systems
Curley Metal Fabrication
EcoFoam / Insulations
Electronic Systems International
F & C Door Company
Fort Collins Mobile Storage
Institute for the Built Environment, CSU
Interwst Consulting Group
Joe McGrane – Arts in Public Places Artist
Martin & Sons Excavating
Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
Meeting the Challenge
Northland Safety / Farnsworth Group
Overhead Door Company of Northern Colorado
Residential Damp-proofing, LLC
Sanchez-Fisher Janitorial Inc.
The Ballard Group
Western States Fire Protection Company
Woodco of the Rockies
Zak George Landscaping
About The Gardens on Spring Creek
The Gardens on Spring Creek is the community botanic garden of Fort Collins, Colorado. The 18-acre site opened in 2004 as part of an important partnership between the City of Fort Collins and the Friends of the Gardens on Spring Creek. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people and foster environmental stewardship through horticulture. Following a two-year, $6 million expansion project, The Gardens now offers an expanded Visitor’s Center and gift shop, Butterfly House, Everitt Pavilion and Great Lawn, along with five acres of new gardens to explore. Plan your visit at fcgov.com/gardens.