Wayne Aspinall Federal Building

Preservation   /   General Services Administration

Wayne Aspinall Federal Building

Grand Junction, Colorado    map
Status: Complete

Westlake Reed Leskosky, as part of a Design-Build team led by The Beck Group, designed the Partial Modernization High Performing Green Building (HPGB) renovation of the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $15M Aspinall U.S. Courthouse modernization preserves an anchor in Grand Junction, and converts the 1918 landmark into one of the most energy efficient, sustainable historic buildings in the country. The design aims to be GSA's first Site Net-Zero Energy facility on the National Register, achieved LEED NC Platinum and is seeking Energy Star 100 rating.

Completed in January 2013, the project transforms the 41,562 sf structure into an innovative sustainable model. Strategies include 123 kW roof canopy mounted photovoltaic array and GeoExchange system coupled variable refrigerant flow system, wireless lighting controls, receptacle-level energy metering, and heat recover with evaporative cooling along with increased building insulation. The final design is 50% more energy efficient than code requirements and provides on site renewable energy production.

The project restores historic volumes and finishes within public and workspaces. Innovative building systems are incorporated so that prominent spaces are preserved and showcased, while drastically reducing energy consumption. The building remained fully occupied throughout the project.

The Design-Build approach acknowledged the federal government's goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030, and creates a "green proving ground" demonstrating how to potentially make an existing historic building perform at net-zero energy, 17 years ahead of schedule.

The project was designed and implemented using the latest in 3D BIM technology, including Revit, Navisworks and Innovaya.