Award Winner 2018:

Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center

Basalt, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Innovation Center was built to support RMI's mission of cutting-edge research for energy and resource efficiency management. The 15,600 square foot building is located in one of the coldest U.S. climate zones, with 40°F daily temperature swings and harsh winter weather. The design team's challenge was to create the most efficient building possible while still showing beautiful and high-performing interiors to attract and enable their talented research and advocacy teams to pursue a sustainable economy.
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Survey Results

The RMI Innovation Center performed above the benchmark scores in every core survey category, including thermal comfort and acoustics.
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Project Team

Owner: Rocky Mountain Institute
Architect: ZGF Architects LLP
MEP Engineers: PAE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer:
KPFF Consulting Engineers.
High Performance Design:
Architectural Applications
Associate Architect: Graybeal Architects LLP
Landscape Architect: DHM Design
Civil Engineering: Sopris Engineering LLC
Passive House: Green Hammer
Mechanical Contractor: MTEch Mechanical
Electrical Contractor: E Light Electric
Acoustics: Altermatt Associates
Lighting: David Nelson & Associates

Exterior view of RMI.
Images by Tim Griffith and Raul J. Garcia.

Natural light illuminates interior spaces.