Block 32 Utilities Administration Building

Master Planning // Landscape Architecture

Located in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado, Block 32 was an underutilized parcel with potential to become a vibrant civic campus and public space. Logan Simpson worked with the architect to develop programming, development concepts, master planning and site design. The project was initially proposed as a design for a new Utilities Administration Building located on the block, but was expanded into a redevelopment plan for the surrounding Civic Center area as other city departments revisited their future spatial needs. The conceptual master plan was the culmination of several meetings, workshops, and discussions regarding the future of Block 32, focused on how to resolve the physical form of the Civic Center based around the spatial needs of a growing government. In addition to supplemental government office space, the campus concept includes gathering spaces for the community and employees for large programmed events or day-to-day use.
Several concepts were developed for arranging the site, and 3-D modeling was was used so stakeholders could understand the choices and preferred design solution. The design team embraced sustainable design and is aspiring towards Net Zero classification, coordinating the use of solar energy, high efficiency building materials, and low-impact design planting strategies. The site design incorporates the preservation of a small historic building on site with elements such as rain gardens, biofiltration swales, low water landscape, a green wall, and utility themed public art formed into concrete entry walls. The site was awarded LEEDv4 New Construction (NC) Platinum status. According to the USGBC, this is the first V4 NC Platinum project in Colorado, and only the third in the U.S.