CSU energy efficiency nets rebate check from Fort Collins Utilities

From left: John Phelan, Fort Collins Utilities resource conservation manager; Bryan Willson, Powerhouse Energy Campus executive director; Kevin Gertig, Fort Collins Utilities executive director; Gary Schroeder, Fort Collins Utilities senior energy services engineer; and Mac McGoldrick, Powerhouse Energy Campus director of operations.

Fort Collins Utilities’ executive director, Kevin Gertig, presented a $67,903 rebate check Oct. 30 to officials at Colorado State University for their use of energy-efficient design in the recent expansion of the Powerhouse Energy Campus.

The check was presented on behalf of Fort Collins Utilities’ Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP), which offers financial incentives for energy-efficient upgrades on major renovations and new construction projects.

Beginning in 2011, Colorado State designers partnered with IDAP to create a building that would serve as a model for sustainability and energy efficiency.

The finished product is 65,000 square feet of LEED platinum-certified lab, office and community space, integrated into the original 1936 structure. Many of the new energy-efficient features had never been used on a project of this scale and are expected to save the university more than $40,000 per year in electricity and gas.

“We want to acknowledge Colorado State’s design team for the innovation and risk taking that went into this project,” said IDAP coordinator Gary Schroeder. “Their results advanced high-performance building practice by a decade, at minimum.”

Designers at The Neenan Company also worked with CSU staff and IDAP to create the Powerhouse campus.

The funds are earmarked for additional energy efficiency efforts at the Powerhouse campus.