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3375 Mitchell gets a new name and prepares for a green makeover

On October 5, the UCAR Board of Trustees surprised Rick Anthes and 400 other attendees at the organization’s 50th anniversary dinner by announcing a new name for 3375 Mitchell Lane: the Anthes Building.

The announcement left Rick speechless. “I thought the board might be giving me a gift of some kind, but I never expected anything like this, ever,” he says.

Rick Anthes holding plaque outside the Anthes Building.
Rick Anthes outside the Anthes Building.

It’s the first UCAR-owned building to be named for a scientist. A plaque presented to Rick during the dinner will hang in the building’s lobby.

UCAR bought the Anthes Building, formerly home to Wild Oats, in 2009. After it’s remodeled between now and next summer, the building will temporarily house staff from FL4 while that building is remodeled and then serve as one of RAL’s permanent homes.

Greening UCAR’s facilities

Also in October, UCAR joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the nonprofit organization that develops Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems. Green building practices include cutting energy and water costs, improving indoor environmental quality, and reducing carbon emissions.

“The idea to join the USGBC came out of our desire to make all our buildings as sustainable and energy efficient as we can, especially as we’re doing major renovations right now,” says Kimberly Kosmenko, sustainability program manager in FM&S. “Being part of the council gives us a lot of resources to do that.”

As part of the membership, all UCAR/NCAR employees can enjoy benefits such as discounted training opportunities, networking opportunities with green building professionals, and the ability to join the USGBC speakers’ register. Staff are encouraged to contact Kimberly (ext. 8532; kimberly@ucar.edu) to take advantage of the benefits.

FM&S is working to earn LEED Gold certification for the remodeled Anthes Building. The project managers are involving both architects and construction contractors in the project from the outset, rather than hiring an architect and later bidding out construction, according to Kimberly. This approach is expected to facilitate a greener building at lower cost.

The Anthes Building will feature the organization’s first geothermal heating and cooling exchange system. Geothermal systems draw on the relatively constant temperature of the ground below a building (roughly 50°F in the Boulder area) in order to generate heating in winter and cooling in summer, producing as much as six times more power than they consume. FM&S is also considering putting solar panels on the roof of the Anthes Building. Watch Staff Notes for more updates as the construction process unfolds.