Recipient of two energy awards, the Osborne Center for Science & Engineering exemplifies a flexible, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment dedicated to sustainable design and its advancement. Its purpose is twofold: serve the University’s research/academic needs and function as a community resource to stimulate interest in science, engineering, and technology among schoolchildren and other visitors. The building brings together the departments of biology, physics, and mechanical and aerospace engineering, and also the Institute for Science and Space Studies and the CU Institute for Bioenergetics into a single facility.
Throughout the building, strict sustainability guidelines informed and shaped the design. The project incorporated features to reduce energy consumption and annual operating costs, such as highly insulated wall/roof systems, a thin film 16.2kw photovoltaic system on the roof, high performance glass, and sunscreens to manage sunlight and heat gain. And while the floor plate profile maximizes interior daylighting, each elevation was also studied for interior function, campus context, and solar orientation. The result is a building 31% more energy efficient than ASHRAE 90.1 base building.
The new building achieved LEED Gold.
2010 Bronze Hard Hat Award for Architectural Design, Mountain States Construction
2009 Sustainable Design Award, CoBIZ Magazine
2009 First Place Institutional Building Award, Colorado Renewable Energy Society