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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.Gallery

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.