The Charlie Butcher Gallery connects the Auditorium, Café and teaching spaces. The wood veneer in the Gallery is made from white oak with a rift cut grain pattern. It was harvested from logs certified by the Forest Stewardship’s Council. They cover a 100 percent recycled wood core.
The LEED certification process for the building required that sustainably acquired wood, tile and other materials were used in its construction. Here are a few building statistics:
- 975,000 bricks were used on the exterior of the building
- 10,000 pieces of cut limestone were used on the exterior of the building. It was quarried in Kansas and meets the LEED 500-mile requirement for local materials (It was 490 miles away).
- Piping throughout the building measures 44 miles
- Ductwork in the building weighs 676,000 pounds (338 tons)
- 3,400 pieces of glass were used for windows throughout the building
- All of the brick and sandstone used in the site landscaping is local, quarried in Lyons, Colorado.
Financial Facts for the Caruthers Biotechnology Building
- The total cost of the building is $160 million and is being funded, in part, by private donations.
- Roughly $48 million has been raised to date with a goal of $75 million by June 2014.
- The National Institutes of Health contributed $15 million to the building construction through the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Funds from the university and the state of Colorado were also used in the construction of the building.
- More than 600 jobs were created during the construction phase of the building.
- 2,500 construction workers with JE Dunn and its subcontractors completed safety training during the construction of the building.