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  • Date: Feb 06 2024
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM



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Feb 06 2024


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Peak Sustainability: Living Building Mastery at 14,115 Feet

Join ILFI as we explore the monumental tasks of designing, constructing, and operating a regenerative Living Building in the harsh yet beautiful alpine tundra environment at Pikes Peak, Colorado.

​Our expert panel of project team members will provide an insider’s perspective on the Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center, the highest-elevation project to pursue the Living Building Challenge. Building in an extreme environment of below freezing temperatures and wind gusts over 200 mph presents unique technical challenges. Combining these challenges with a volume of one million annual visitors presents the opportunity to make a significant impact. Join this panel conversation for unique insights and lessons learned around biophilic design, building resilience, water and energy solutions for this major tourist attraction.


  • Brian Calhoun, Principal, RTA Architects
  • Sandy Elliott, Parks Operations Administrator, City of Colorado Springs
  • Mike Riggs, Associate Principal, RTA Architects
  • Pete Jefferson, Principal, Lead Engineer, BranchPattern
  • Moderator: Michael Berrisford, Editor-in-Chief, Ecotone Publishing

Learning objectives

  1. Recognize key technical challenges of designing, constructing, and operating a Living Building in an extreme environment
  2. Describe strategies and solutions the project team employed to achieve the LBC Water and Energy Petals
  3. Describe the biophilic design principles applied to the project
  4. Recall lessons learned for operating a unique facility while balancing the demands of environmental conditions and a high volume of annual visitors


This webinar has been approved for 1 LFA General Credit and 1 AIA LU|HSW.

Please note: this event is only available to active Living Future Members. If you’re a member, find registration in your Member Dashboard. Otherwise, learn more and become a member today.