Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse Receives Two AIA Design Awards
The High Performing Green Building renovation project recognized by AIA Colorado and AIA Denver
The US General Services Administration’s Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse project was recognized by the American Institute of Architects Colorado and Denver chapters in their recent awards programs, which recognize excellence and distinction in architecture, urban architecture, and interior architecture.
From 124 total entries, the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse, owned and managed by GSA, received an Honor Award for Built Architecture from AIA Colorado. Furthermore, the project received a Citation Award for Interior Architecture from AIA Denver.
The modernization of the historic facility in Grand Junction, CO, preserves the building’s historic character while transforming the landmark into one of the most energy efficient, sustainable buildings in the country. Just last month, the building achieved the highest LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
One of the major pre-project milestones included the successful award by GSA of a Design-Build contract for the Modernization and High Performing Green Building renovation of the 41,562 SF structure to the team of The Beck Group and design architects and engineers Westlake Reed Leskosky. The design-build approach acknowledged the federal government’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030 and to create, through this project’s design, a “green proving ground” demonstrating how to potentially make an existing historic building perform at net-zero energy, 17 years ahead of schedule.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the project transforms the 1918 structure into a sustainable model. In fact, it is targeted to be the GSA’s first site net-zero energy facility on the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, go to www.gsa.gov/WayneAspinall.