Block 32 Breaks Ground in Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colo. officials have broken ground on Block 32 in the city's downtown neighborhood.

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

Block 32 groundbreaking

Fort Collins, Colo. officials have broken ground on Block 32, the first step towards developing a state-of-the-art municipal campus in the city’s downtown neighborhood. Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) of Minneapolis has started working on the project’s first phase, which includes the construction of a three-story, 37,500-square-foot City of Fort Collins Utilities Administration Building.

The new office building located at the northeast corner of Laporte Ave. and N. Howes St. in Old Town Fort Collins was designed by Denver’s RNL Design to become one of the country’s most energy-efficient buildings. The site also includes the restored landmark Butterfly Building which was moved 100 feet to the east to make room for the new administration building.

Doug Johnson, vice president for A&P, at the Block 32 groundbreaking event

“We are proud to be part of such a collaborative team to build this state-of-the-art facility that represents the first of its kind in the nation,” said A&P Senior Vice President Tom Horsting in a prepared statement.

The municipal building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016, and will incorporate sustainable features such as solar panels, insulated enclosures and windows and Direct Current power.

The Block 32 project is part of the City of Fort Collins’ downtown Civic Center master plan, and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The team working on the project also includes Logan Simpson Design, [au] workshop and Integral Group.

RNL, together with John Andary of Integral Group designed the country’s two largest net zero energy facilities: the Research and Support Facility at the National Renewal Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District East Campus-Operations Center.

Image courtesy of Adolfson & Peterson Construction