Hard Hat Tour: UCCS Ent Center for the Arts (Southern Branch) | U.S. Green Building Council
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Hard Hat Tour: UCCS Ent Center for the Arts (Southern Branch)

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Starts On - October 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
Ends On - October 5, 2017 - 5:00pm
5225 North Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs , CO 80918

Join USGBC Colorado's Southern Branch on an exciting hard hat tour of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs' Ent Center for the Arts building.

The $70 million project is pursuing LEED v2009 Gold certification and is expected to be completed by January 2018. This 80,000-square-foot building is a state-of-the-art facility hub for the Department of Visual and Performing Arts as well as a synergistic and innovative collaboration involving the university, the VAPA department, community arts partners and local school districts. The project has a goal of 30 percent energy savings and will also pursue an innovation credit for acoustics. Learn more.

The new Ent Center for the Arts will house:

  • A 774-seat theater / concert hall
  • A 245-seat Chapman Foundations recital hall
  • The Gallery of Contemporary Art (GOCA)
  • The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (THEATREWORKS)
  • The VAPA Interdisciplinary Arts Lab
  • The Osborne Theater
  • Recording studio & audio laboratory
  • Rehearsal, instructional and office spaces for Music, Theatre & Dance


  • Brad Johnson, Construction Project Manager, UCCS Facilities Services Department
  • Group14, Sustainability Consultant
  • JE Dunn, Contractor
  • Semple Brown, Architect
  • TBD, General Contractor

Learning objectives

  1. Discuss the projects aim towards LEED v2009 BD+C New Construction EAc3 Enhanced Commissioning.
  2. Explain how the project is seeking to earn 12 points toward Gold level certification through LEED v2009 BD+C New Construction EAc1 Optimized Energy Performance by a 30 percent energy cost savings.
  3. Learn how the center is pursuing LEED v2009 BD+C New Construction EDc1 Innovation in Design points through advanced acoustics throughout the building's theaters, halls, and recording studios.
  4. As a group, discuss the innovations within the project and how it will evolve the technologies within art centers through higher education campuses.

Continuing education credits — This tour is approved for 1.5 LEED BD+C GBCI hours and 1 AIA learning units.

Additional details — Attendees must wear appropriate construction site apparel - closed toed shoes, pants, long sleeves, etc. Meeting location is outside the building on the northeast corner.