Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse

Sustainable preservation Wayne Aspinall Federal Building and U. S. Courthouse

400 Rood Avenue
Grand Junction, Colorado 81501

Welcome to the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse. In 2010, the Federal Building & US Courthouse received $15M in America Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modernize the entire building. The GSA’s goal for the modernization of the building is to not only preserve this anchor in the Grand Junction community, but also to convert it into one of the most energy efficient and sustainable historic buildings in the country.

This will be accomplished by using advanced systems such as:

  • variable refrigerant flow (VRF) for the HVAC
  • a geo-exchange system which will reject and extract heat to and from the building using the constant temperature of the earth
  • advanced metering and building controls
  • high-efficient lighting systems
  • a thermally enhanced building envelope.

Exterior of the Wayne Aspinall CourthousePhotovoltaic panels are on the roof of an elevated canopy above the building’s north edge, providing enough energy to power the building’s peak demand targeting creating the first site net-zero building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Net-zero means that the building will produce as much energy on-site as it consumes over the course of one year.

Federal Architecture embodies all that we value as a nation. The success of the modernization of the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building & US Courthouse represents our responsibility to our environment and our commitment to excellence.


LEED Platinum
Citation Award for Best Historic Preservation Project Of The Year | AIA Arizona | 2015
Citation Award for Interior Architecture | AIA Denver | 2013
Honor Award for Built Architecture | AIA Colorado | 2013
Best Renovation/Restoration Project | ENR Mountain States | 2013
Best Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration Project | Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Rocky Mountain Region Award | 2013
Best Building Project GC $10-40M ACE Award | Associated General Contractors (AGC) Colorado | 2013
AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project | 2014
GSA Design Award Citation for Architecture, Engineering, Interiors, Preservation | 2014
City of Grand Junction, Colorado Historic Preservation Award | 2014
National Award of Merit, Civic Building Category | Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) | 2014
Merit Award for Newly Completed Buildings | AIA Ohio | 2014
ASHRAE Region III | Technology Award First Place | 2014
Building Design+Construction | Bronze Award Reconstruction Awards | 2014

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If you have any questions or concerns about the design of this building, please contact Jason Sielcken at jason.sielcken@gsa.gov or 303-236-2972.

Last Reviewed: 2023-06-02