Platte River Power Authority, a public power utility that generates energy for several regions in Colorado, received a Gold LEED Certification from the United States Green Building Council, or USGBC, for its headquarters in Fort Collins.
“LEED was created to revolutionize buildings and our communities to help make the world a better place by providing access to healthy, green, high-performing buildings,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO of the Green Building Council.
The newly constructed Fort Collins headquarters was guided by Colorado State University Institute for the Built Environment and the city of Fort Collins Integrated Design Assistance Program for green building designs. It was completed in 2020 and has a rooftop solar array and an onsite pond that rejects heat through a geo-exchange mechanical system. Designed with the Earth in mind, the headquarters reduces energy consumption by 50% and indoor water use by 30%.
Platte River participates in the city of Fort Collin’s green energy program, ensuring that no noncarbon energy will be used year-round at the headquarters.
“The engineering, design and construction of the building was conceptualized using the same lens that we apply to our world-class generation and transmission facilities, effectively accommodating our expanding workforce and enhanced security and infrastructure needs while serving as an example of environmental excellence in our community,” said Jason Frisbie, general manager and chief executive office of Platte River Power Authority.
The Gold LEED Certification is the second award the headquarter have received. They also received the Urban Design Award for Architecture from the city of Fort Collins in 2022.