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2014 COTE project Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse, by @WRLDesign and @BeckGroup.

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. Credit: Kevin G Reeves © Continuing our coverage of the 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten green projects, this article is part of a series of 10 pieces that examine a specific, defining design challenge or innovation of each of this year's winners. Increasing a building’s passive survivability—its ability to shelter and support occupants in the case of a power outage or major disaster—is a growing part of the sustainable design movement, and one of the latest buildings to incorporate these strategies is the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colo. Built in 1918, this three-story, 42,000-square-foot neoclassical federal building has been in continuous use for nearly 100 years. Although the building was expanded in 1939, over the decades it had become cramped and outdated, which precipitated a...

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