Gardens on Spring Creek Visitor Center Achieves LEED Gold(R) Certification

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.

Air Comfort

Alarm Specialties

Applied Technical Services, Inc.

Arcadia GlassHouse

Architecture West, LLC

Ballinger Custom Construction, Inc.

BG Buildingworks

Brinker’s Flooring

Brothers Door Supply, Inc.

Butterfly Pavilion

Clean It Up

Commercial Glass

Concrete Floor Systems
CTL Thompson

Curley Metal Fabrication

Custom Solar

Dynamic Specialties

EcoFoam / Insulations

Elder Construction

Electronic Systems International

F & C Door Company

Fort Collins Mobile Storage

Gallegos Sanitation

Holsinger Drywall

Hueber Industries


Institute for the Built Environment, CSU


Interwst Consulting Group

Joe McGrane – Arts in Public Places Artist

JMJ Masonry

King Surveyors

Martin & Sons Excavating

Masters Flooring

Maximum Painting

Mechanical Solutions, Inc.

Meeting the Challenge

Merit Electric

Metal Solutions

Northland Safety / Farnsworth Group

Overhead Door Company of Northern Colorado

Perspective Design

Pierson Concrete

Power Products

Residential Damp-proofing, LLC

Sanchez-Fisher Janitorial Inc.

Sensera Systems

The Ballard Group

Timberline Insulation

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.