University of Denver, Ricketson Law Building - Sturm College of Law

Denver, CO | 2004

The nation's first LEED certified Law School, the Sturm College of Law has LEED Gold certification. Since Natural Resources Law has been taught here for more than one hundred years, the construction of new facilities provided the opportunity to put into practice the principles the University teaches. The building uses 40 percent less electricity, gas, and water than conventional construction. Electricity is conserved with the use of natural light, energy-efficient fixtures, and daylight and motion sensors. Water is conserved through sensor-activated faucets, native plantings, and a storm water collection system for irrigation. Green materials include a recycled copper roof, low gas-emitting paint and carpet, and lockers constructed out of recycled straw board.

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The Ricketson Building's sustainable features
The making of the country's first LEED Gold law school


  • Square Footage: 190,000 s.f.
  • Construction Cost: $50,000,000

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