The Alliance Center has been owned and operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado since 2004. The first renovation of the Center occurred shortly after we purchased the building. Many green building features were added to substantially reduce water and energy consumption. The Alliance Center earned two LEED certification: Gold for Existing Buildings and Silver for Commercial Interiors. The building earned many more awards, including Energy Star Leader score of 85. To read more about the the history of the building and the building’s awards, visit here.
Why would we renovate an already uber-green building?
The Alliance Center’s HVAC system was failing, and it demanded to be replaced. We used this as a catalyst to rethink high performance green buildings, and The Transformation Project was born.
The Transformation Project:
• Is a showcase that integrates leading green building features, space design and technology to increase innovation and improve human productivity.
• Provides significantly greater access to natural light and acoustically quiet workspaces adjacent to technology rich collaboration spaces.
• Doubles occupancy allowing more people and diversity of thinking thereby increasing our collective impact.
To see a case study on our new and improved AV system, click here.
The project began with extensive research and preparation. Among many other efforts, we measured the Center’s greenhouse gas “footprint”. We installed sub-metering equipment to track electricity usage in detail. We held tenant and design charrettes to gather ideas, and later conducted a Workplace Performance Index survey to learn what improvements were needed. We also began researching the science of building/occupant interaction.These and other measures opened our eyes to many possibilities, and gave us a strong sense of where we wanted to go with the Transformation Project. Many partners and experts along the way helped make The Alliance Center a true showcase. These include the Denver Foundation, Hogan Lovells, ADK Electric, Impact Finance Center, EJCM, National Renewable Energy Lab, Rocky Mountain Institute, Gensler, Ambient Energy, Johnson Controls, Teknion, Citron Workspaces and others.
After years of preparation, deconstruction and renovation, the new Alliance Center was reopened on June 2nd, 2014!