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LSC Theatre earns a LEED Gold Certification

May 10, 2013
Sarah Holkum

While the majority of the Lory Student Center is being prepped to undergo extensive renovation, a crown jewel re-opened earlier this year with a focus on sustainability.

The newly renovated Colorado State University Lory Student Center theatre’s function, versatility and sustainability goal have earned it the honor of LEED Gold certification, the second tier of the national accepted benchmark for construction and design for commercial interiors rating system.

“When we started the process of building the theatre, we stated we would incorporate standard building practices, do what is right for the building, and what is right for CSU, not to chase or purchase a point,” said Tracey Abel, the project manager for CSU Facilities Management.  

Design project included CSU experts

As a result Aller-Lingle-Massey, a  Fort Collins local design firm, and Perkins + Will, a national design firm from Boston, along with the construction contractor Adolfson Peterson, worked in coordination with CSU to design and construct a building that preserves the historical aspects but incorporates new systems, style and initiatives as well. The design project also included experts and students from the university's Institute for the Built Environment.

“The shell of the building that was built in 1962 by renowned Colorado architect, James Hunter, still remains but the function has gone from a traditional sloped floor theatre to a flat floor multifunction space with endless possibilities of how the space can be utilized,”Abel said.

Theatre hub of activity

The LSC theatre will act as a many activity venue including a ballroom, theatre, lecture hall, concert area and miscellaneous space.

The feature that allows this versatility is the first of its kind movable seating system by Steel Deck, a company out of the United Kingdom.

This movable seating system uses “an air skate” that enables just two individuals to move up to seven tons of seats. With it, the seats can be completely tucked away, pulled out, set in the round or set up as a cat walk.

Focus on sustainability

Beyond the innovative seating system architectural and construction teams alike looked to use groundbreaking and sustainable practices while building the LSC theatre.

“The architectural team looked at water efficiency, energy use, building performance, lighting, natural day lighting and indoor environment, while the construction team tracked recycled content, regional materials they purchased, certified wood products and low emitting materials,” Abel said.

Also, the architectural team’s new editions include a water filling station, warming kitchen, green rooms, 360 degree balcony, an elevator and much more.

“The one new edition that is understated but has a big impact is the colored LED lighting. The lighting has cut down on set up for events and can really change the mood and effect in the space,” Abel said.

The construction team has been successful in appealing to green concerned parties, with a savings in potable indoor water of 40 percent compared to a typical building, 76 percent construction waste diversion and 36 percent materials used containing recycled content.

Also, 25 percent of building components for construction were obtained from regional suppliers who were within 500 miles of CSU. Half of all the wood used was certified or from a forest that is managed responsibly.

The efforts that have all came together to create a multi-function universal-designed space will inspire students with sustainability, design and innovation leading them into the next 50 years.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009