SIP Campus Building Berthound CO

Location: Berthoud, CO

Project Information

Project Type: Commercial, Other Commercial
Manufacturer: Premier Building Systems
Builder: Adolfson & Peterson
Design Professional: RB&B Architects
Year Built: 2023


High Performance: No
HERS/EUI Index Score:
ACH50 - Blower Test Results:
CO2 lbs./sq.ft./year:

Awards/Certifications: Building Excellence Awards, LEED Platinum, Silver

BEA: 2024 Building Excellence Award - Classic Runner Up

Building use:
Northern Water’s primary purpose is delivering water to Northeastern Colorado for agricultural, municipal, domestic and industrial uses by operating existing, and implementing new water supply projects. They also focus on water conservation, water quality, environmental stewardship, and regional water supply planning. With more growth on the front range and increased responsibilities of Northern Water, they have more employees and equipment and need more office and storage buildings to accommodate them. RB+B’s master plan for this client calls for approximately doubling the building square footage on the Headquarters site over several phases, and updating their security and functional operations with a new System Control Center. Phase I of this multi-phase project included the addition of three new buildings and their associated site work. Including this three-story office building.

How did SIP construction help you get this job?
Pursuing LEED certification & SIPS contribute a significant number of points to the process. Due in part to energy efficiency, waste reduction, and indoor environmental health.

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy?
Yes, speed of construction was an added bonus the architect and building systems team (Lamwood) spoke of that the contractor was able to realize. The long term energy efficiency was key for the utility/owners.

Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved:
Extensive wood beams used to create interior features and structure with open conference rooms one each floor. Walls and roof spans easily accommodated.

Please list any certifications the project received, such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, National Green Building Standard:
The project has achieved LEED Silver Certification.

High Performance - The building’s envelope, HVAC, and lighting design resulted in a 29% energy cost savings per year and additional achievement of all three LEED Daylighting credits

Describe any other energy-saving materials used in the building envelope other than SIPs. List U-values of windows used and the U or R-value of any insulation materials.
This building earned significant Materials credits, including all three points under the Low Emitting Materials credits, and the materials Optimization points, which illustrates that materials were installed in the building that went above and beyond industry standard for environmental impacts and human health impacts.

Please list any energy-efficient products or design features, such as lighting, hot water heating, appliances, passive solar
Achievement of the maximum Rainwater Management points for LEED in response to managing the stormwater runoff on site and through the natural environment. An onsite water treatment system was specifically designed for wastewater and a pond and pumphouse were constructed to provide water for fire suppression.
Through thoughtful landscaping, a 100% reduction in Outdoor Water Use (post establishment period) was achieved.

Any additional comments on the project:
The building, situated on a wide-open ranch, is positioned to take advantage of southern exposure for north/south daylighting and beautiful views to the east from the conference area. With concerns for the snow this site receives, maximizing the solar exposure of the entrance and main yard while having no north-facing doors was very important. Natural lighting is implemented in the shops and vehicle bays. Natural materials with colors and textures blending with the rustic surroundings were also integral to the design.


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