Tomlinson Library
The Tomlinson Library renovation project was awarded three Green Globes in recognition of its focus on sustainability.


Tomlinson Library renovation recognized for focus on sustainability

Colorado Mesa University has been awarded three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative for the expansion and renovation of the John U. Tomlinson Library.

“This is a significant achievement, reflecting a high level of effort to design and construct this facility with sustainability as a major focus,” wrote Gary Keclik, the building performance consultant who performed the assessment of the project for Green Building Initiative (GBI).

The GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Development organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices. Founded in 2004, the organization is the sole U.S. provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance green building certification programs.

“The Three Green Globes level of sustainability is an excellent accomplishment and you should be proud of the manner in which you approached the design and construction of this facility for efficient use of energy and resources, a healthful environment for students and employees, and fiscal prudence for the university,” Keclik wrote. “Congratulations on the team effort and pursuit of goals that will result in reduction of environmental impact to Colorado Mesa University and the surrounding area.”

The library was evaluated in the categories of project management, site, energy, water, resources, emissions and indoor environment. The library scored particularly well in the categories of water, project management, indoor environment, emissions and energy. The library is now a part of the campus geo-thermal exchange system and that accounted for higher rating in several categories. Dual-flush toilet, low water flow urinals, water efficient and energy efficient kitchen equipment also contributed to higher ratings.

“We focus on being good stewards of our resources," said CMU Director of Media Relations Dana Nunn. "That includes not only physical resources, but environmental resources as well.”

Tomlinson Library is the third building on CMU’s main campus to be awarded three Green Globes by GBI. Houston Hall, which was expanded and renovated in 2011, and Escalante Hall, completed in 2014, each received three Green Globes.

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