• Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building
  • Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building
  • Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building
  • Pueblo County

    Pueblo, Colorado

    The new Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building offers Pueblo County an expansive, state-of-the-art facility to conduct its many courthouse-related activities. Located in the heart of downtown Pueblo, the new five-story, 170,800 SF justice center contains 16 courtrooms, judges’ chambers, jury assembly spaces, first appearance area, holding spaces, clerk offices, district administration offices, records management offices, probation department offices, conference/training rooms, circulation, security, and parking. A LEED-certified facility, the Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building was designed with an emphasis on sustainability. As the project’s mechanical/electrical engineer, lighting designer, and energy modeler, The RMH Group was responsible for designing highly efficient HVAC and lighting systems that harmoniously integrate with the building’s unique and symbolic architectural features. Using sophisticated lighting modeling software, RMH’s lighting designers worked closely with the building architect to develop a custom and efficient LED lighting scheme to complement the building’s signature feature: a striking entrance rotunda that emulates the look of a kiva, a ceremonial space typical of most Pueblo Indian cultures. RMH’s lighting designers also worked in tandem with the building architect to develop functional, yet subtle, lighting to highlight a monumental steel staircase harkening back to Pueblo’s steel-town heritage. Daylight harvesting was implemented in all perimeter corridors to offset as much electrical lighting as possible with natural daylight. Occupancy sensors were installed throughout the building to turn on lights whenever occupants are detected in a space and to turn off lights whenever a space has been vacated. The RMH-designed HVAC system utilized a variety of energy-reduction strategies including:
    • Direct evaporative cooling to efficiently air condition the building (Evaporative cooling is supplemented with back-up chilled-water cooling.)
    • Displacement cooling system for the entrance rotunda which transfers conditioned air from the main building to the rotunda before being exhausted at the top of the rotunda
    • 95%-efficient condensing boilers and domestic water heaters
    • Demand-controlled ventilation to deliver fresh outside air to high-occupancy spaces whenever carbon dioxide levels reach a threshold level
    • Dedicated exhaust system exhaust air from high-occupancy spaces without mixing with the general building return air
    • Energy recovery system using a heat wheel for the detention area to reclaim energy that would otherwise be exhausted to the atmosphere
    The building’s many energy-reduction technologies and strategies are projected to deliver a 17.8% energy savings and an 18.8% cost savings when compared to a baseline facility meeting minimum LEED energy efficiency requirements.
 

Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building

Pueblo County

Pueblo, Colorado

The new Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building offers Pueblo County an expansive, state-of-the-art facility to conduct its many courthouse-related activities. Located in the heart of downtown Pueblo, the new five-story, 170,800 SF justice center contains 16 courtrooms, judges’ chambers, jury assembly spaces, first appearance area, holding spaces, clerk offices, district administration offices, records management offices, probation department offices, conference/training rooms, circulation, security, and parking.

A LEED-certified facility, the Dennis Maes Pueblo Judicial Building was designed with an emphasis on sustainability. As the project’s mechanical/electrical engineer, lighting designer, and energy modeler, The RMH Group was responsible for designing highly efficient HVAC and lighting systems that harmoniously integrate with the building’s unique and symbolic architectural features.

Using sophisticated lighting modeling software, RMH’s lighting designers worked closely with the building architect to develop a custom and efficient LED lighting scheme to complement the building’s signature feature: a striking entrance rotunda that emulates the look of a kiva, a ceremonial space typical of most Pueblo Indian cultures. RMH’s lighting designers also worked in tandem with the building architect to develop functional, yet subtle, lighting to highlight a monumental steel staircase harkening back to Pueblo’s steel-town heritage. Daylight harvesting was implemented in all perimeter corridors to offset as much electrical lighting as possible with natural daylight. Occupancy sensors were installed throughout the building to turn on lights whenever occupants are detected in a space and to turn off lights whenever a space has been vacated.

The RMH-designed HVAC system utilized a variety of energy-reduction strategies including:

  • Direct evaporative cooling to efficiently air condition the building (Evaporative cooling is supplemented with back-up chilled-water cooling.)
  • Displacement cooling system for the entrance rotunda which transfers conditioned air from the main building to the rotunda before being exhausted at the top of the rotunda
  • 95%-efficient condensing boilers and domestic water heaters
  • Demand-controlled ventilation to deliver fresh outside air to high-occupancy spaces whenever carbon dioxide levels reach a threshold level
  • Dedicated exhaust system exhaust air from high-occupancy spaces without mixing with the general building return air
  • Energy recovery system using a heat wheel for the detention area to reclaim energy that would otherwise be exhausted to the atmosphere

The building’s many energy-reduction technologies and strategies are projected to deliver a 17.8% energy savings and an 18.8% cost savings when compared to a baseline facility meeting minimum LEED energy efficiency requirements.

LEED Status

Certified LEED-NC Silver