Elks Civic Building
107 South Cascade
Montrose, CO 81401
Background and History
From its beginnings, the
In 1969, the Elks constructed a new lodge outside downtown, vacated the original building, and leased it to
In 2003, the building was earmarked as a potential component of downtown revitalization. The City of Montrose purchased the worn down, but still stately, building for $400,000 to implement the first segment of the Montrose Downtown Development Plan and expand the "civic campus" consisting of City of Montrose, Montrose County, U.S. Postal Service, and Mesa State College offices and facilities. Renovation of the building would ensure adequate space for City offices, secure the City's continued presence in downtown, and stabilize the city center.
With the help of project architects Andrews & Anderson Architects, PC, of Golden, Colorado, and numerous funders, including National Park Service Save America's Treasures, the State of Colorado Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance program, and the Colorado Historical Society, State Historical Fund, the City of Montrose transformed the dilapidated structure into a community gem.
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The City approached the rehabilitation of the Elks Lodge with a sustainable outlook. Original character-defining features of the 1927 building were restored, such as the open floor plan of the second-floor historic ballroom (now the Municipal Court and City Council Chambers), the ballroom's original wood floor, and the original front stair and open front porch. "Behind the scenes" infrastructure upgrades such as a geothermal heating and cooling system and historic window rehabilitation helped to create a state-of-the-art municipal services center.
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The project's unique blend of historic preservation and energy efficiency objectives was featured as the cover story in a 2008 issue of Geo Outlook, a journal published by
By adding an interior energy panel system to the restored historic windows, their character was maintained, while reducing energy loads by decreasing energy loss through air infiltration. Original doors, light fixtures, and stall partitions were all restored to their former glory--eliminating the need to purchase new building components. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building utilizes energy recovery ventilators (ERV) to warm outside air to close-to-room temperature in the winter months with heat that would otherwise be lost with the exhaust air. During cooling season, the ERV provides necessary fresh air while pre-cooling and pre-dehumidifying this air with energy that would otherwise be lost with the exhaust air.
A building control system was employed to enable facilities staff to have full control over the heating and cooling for the building. A calendar is maintained in this system to set back temperatures when individual zones are unoccupied.
Restrooms and other common areas are equipped with occupancy sensors that automatically turn off lights when the space is unoccupied.
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Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by City of Montrose or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
City of Montrose
City of Montrose
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: Courthouse
Total Floorspace: 13103 sf
Year Constructed: 1927
Contract Type: Internal Resources
Financing Type: Internal Capital
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