Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse
Grand Junction, Colorado41,562 SFBeck – Architect of Record Beck – ConstructionWRL Architects – Design Architect
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Aspinall modernization preserves an anchor in Grand Junction, converting the 1918 landmark into one of the most energy efficient, sustainable historic buildings in the country. The design aims to be GSA’s first Site Net-Zero Energy facility on the National Register. Certified LEED Platinum, the project transforms the structure into an innovative sustainable model. Strategies include 123 kW roof canopy mounted photovoltaic array and GeoExchange system. The project restores historic volumes and finishes within public and workspaces. Innovative building systems are incorporated so that prominent spaces are preserved and showcased, while drastically reducing energy consumption. The Design-Build approach, with Beck serving as both the builder and the architect-of-record, acknowledged the federal government’s goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030, and created a “green proving ground” demonstrating how to potentially make an existing historic building perform at net-zero energy, 17 years ahead of schedule.
Download a case study, prepared by the GSA on the project’s sustainable features, here.