Construction Using Geothermal Technology To Begin
Released on Friday, November 1, 2013
Mark Sears, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Manager, 970-416-2096,
The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department is constructing a new office building at 1745 Hoffman Mill Road. The current office building is over 10 years old and no longer accommodates the staff and needs for meeting space.
Construction on the new office building will include drilling of geothermal wells approximately 500 feet deep. The wells allow water to be cycled through pipes deep in the ground that will help heat and cool the building using less energy. The geothermal wells will help the City reach its goal of building a L.E.E.D. Gold certifiable office building, a standard building rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Natural Areas Department is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, so the building has many energy efficient features including; air tight and well insulated walls; energy efficient lighting and appliances; solar tube lighting; energy efficient windows; and solar panels on the roof to generate electricity.
The geothermal drill rigs, not to be mistaken for oil drilling rigs, will be on-site starting as early as November 4 and will be finished by the end of the month. They will drill up to six wells depending on the soils encountered. Construction of the new building is expected to be completed by mid-April.
If you have questions, please contact Aaron Reed, Natural Areas Facilities Technician, 970-416-2210, or Mark Sears, 970-416-2096,