Colorado College Tutt Library


Colorado College

General Contractor:

GH Phipps


Farris Engineering


Pfeiffer Partners Architects

Project Duration:

8/01/2016 – 08/01/2017

The construction timeline for this new-build library project was aggressive (less than 12 months) with a completion date that couldn’t shift due to the Fall 2017 class schedule. This project was challenging from a technical standpoint due to the Net Zero energy goals of Colorado College & Farris Engineers. The main mechanical systems included an energy recovering air handling unit feeding a network of seven (7) Mitsubishi VRF heat pump systems for primary building heating & cooling. A geothermal water loop was installed for heat and energy transfer as necessary; building power generation was possible through gas-fired micro-turbine power generators which reject heat back to the heating water loop when in use, and which can feed electricity back to the utility grid. Upon completion, Tutt Library became a landmark  project for Colorado College based on its design aesthetic as well as its advanced energy usage.