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Earlier this month, the winners of the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards were announced, with The Springs Resort and Spa receiving an award in the Commercial Architecture category. The hotel was designed by Reynolds and Associates Architecture and Engineering of Pagosa Springs and Durango, with ME&E Engineering of Durango and Davis Engineering of Pagosa Springs. The hotel was constructed by Okland Construction of Durango. Tracy Reynolds and Courtney King, of Reynolds and Associates, are seen here at the hotel.

The new hotel at The Springs Resort and Spa is also the first hotel in Colorado to achieve a LEED Gold certification for its green building strategies.

The Colorado Sustainable Design Awards (CSDA) is a statewide program recognizing outstanding sustainable design in residential, commercial and civic buildings and masterplanned communities. Founding CSDA partners are ColoradoBiz magazine, AIA Colorado, ULI Colorado and U.S. Green Building Council Colorado. The awards highlight the Colorado people and firms that are designing, building and planning the buildings and communities of the future.

The CSDA award was based on strategies including regional/community design, land use and site ecology, maximized natural light and ventilation, reduced water usage, low VOC interior finishes, and reduced energy usage, which was achieved through utilization of the geothermal springs for heating and the ground source water for cooling.

These sustainable features are incorporated into the new hotel, allowing guests to stay in complete comfort and style, while respecting the surrounding unique natural environment.

The Colorado Sustainable Design Award and the LEED Gold certification both recognize the outstanding services that these local firms are providing in designing, building and planning the buildings of the future.