Pfeiffer planned, programmed and designed the expansion and transformation of Colorado College’s Tutt Library, originally designed by Walter Netsch in 1962. Attention to open space, the transition between interior and exterior spaces, flexibility of space to support a variety of activities, and integration of programmed spaces encouraging social and intellectual interaction is addressed in the project. The transformed library includes a new, large addition to the west, a minor addition to the east, and a new fourth floor, along with a complete renovation of the existing facility. A critical aspect of the design was achieving the College’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2020, making the renovated facility the nation’s current largest (94,000 sf) academic library designed for net-zero energy
The design reflects the changing nature of the Library and the values of the College, providing formal and informal spaces to bring the community together. Careful massing and strategically placed windows afford expansive views to Pikes Peak, reversing the building’s formerly inward focus. A visual reference to the geographic context is made by the “ribbon”—the exterior cladding of red panels—referencing the locally mined red sandstone—that define the addition and connect it to the existing building.