May 21, 2022

Academic Libraries: Colorado College Net-Zero Energy Library Opens

From Colorado College:

Members of Colorado College’s Class of 2021 will be the first class to learn, conduct research, and study in a library built specifically for the college’s pioneering Block Plan.

2017-08-30_14-51-34The $45 million renovation of Tutt Library makes it the largest academic library to achieve net-zero construction.

The landmark achievement comes in spite of adding approximately 25,000 additional square feet to the building and nearly doubling the seating capacity. The library has been technologically transformed, with a data visualization lab, space for new and emerging technology, a Geospatial Information Systems laboratory, and an experimental classroom equipped with teaching technology.


The library, constructed in 1962, has advanced audiovisual and technology-centric systems including wireless accessibility meet current and anticipated future demands.


A geothermal energy field on Armstrong Quad, consisting of 80 wells, each 400 feet deep and five and a half inches wide; 115-kilowatt rooftop solar array; 400-kilowatt offsite solar array; green roof-top garden; and 130-kilowatt combined heat and power system are all part of the project. The net-zero energy library recently received one of three 2017 Innovation Awards from the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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