CSU Morgan Library

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Colorado State University Morgan Library

Fort Collins, CO

Project Type: University Commons
Certification: LEED-NC v2009 Silver (pending)
Project Size: 5,000 SF

Featured in Architectural Record

Project Summary

This addition to an existing 270,000 SF library adds a new face to the building entrance, providing students with a place to collaborate, socialize, and relax. Conceived as a beacon at the heart of the main campus plaza, this all-glass building incorporates a host of innovative efficiency strategies to meet stringent energy goals.

Architect: Studiorope Architects
Contractor: Pinkard Construction Co.
Mechanical: BCER Engineering

YR&G Role
YR&G services included green design technical support, analysis and recommendations, energy modeling, massing, shading and glare studies, LEED certification coordination, and renewable energy feasibility analysis. YR&G also facilitated a series of team discussions to optimize the project’s sustainability components.


  • 20% annual energy cost reduction from ASHRAE 90.1-2007
  • 48% reduction in water use from LEED baseline
  • Electro-chromic glazing
  • On-site stormwater treatement using innovative pervious pavement
  • 10kW of on-site PV
  • Daylight focused design


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