1325 East 16th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Group14 performed fundamental & enhanced commissioning, energy modeling and LEED consulting for the 95,000 SF Elm Street Residence and Dining Hall on the Colorado School of Mines campus. The project included a 207-bed student residence hall, a 500-seat dining hall, social lounges, study spaces, and community kitchens.

Group14 assisted the design team in evaluating and implementing the best site ecology, community connections, water use, energy performance, materials, and construction practices for the LEED Gold project. 

The project pursued several innovative design credits in the ‘Waste and Water Reduction’ LEED category with the dining hall using an efficient dishwashing system, thawing by refrigeration, and low water-use cleaning methods.


Indoor potable water use was decreased by 43%, which is equivalent to approximately 1,392,270 gallons of water annually. Outdoor water use was also decreased by over 50% through efficient irrigation strategies. 

Energy efficiency measures have resulted in an 36% reduction in energy costs annually for the Elm Street project. Fundamental and enhanced commissioning also ensured that the mechanical systems were operating properly to realize these savings.

Photo Credit: Christopher Carvell Architects PC


  • Fundamental Commissioning (Cx)
  • Enhanced Commissioning (Cx)
  • LEED Consulting
  • LEED Documentation
  • Energy Modeling


  • City – Golden, CO
  • Project Size – 95,000 SF
  • LEED Gold

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