Colorado College Charles L. Tutt Library

Photos: Steve Lerum Photography

As one of the first schools to pioneer a block plan schedule where students immerse themselves in one course for three and a half weeks at a time, Colorado College renovated and added on to Tutt Library to create a modern, high-tech, energy-efficient space to support intensive research and studying expected from the block plan structure. The 92,591 SF library transformed into a learning and technology nexus for the community.

Tutt Library is the largest academic library to achieve net-zero construction to date.

Research and collaboration spaces incorporate advanced audiovisual and technology-centric systems to meet current and anticipated future demands of the college. The Technology Sandbox promotes the use of innovative technology into all aspects of the Colorado College curriculum by offering students and faculty access to virtual reality. The space also features large flat panel displays, flexible furniture, and videoconferencing capabilities to encourage collaboration. A data visualization lab includes a floor to ceiling, 27-foot interactive LCD/LED-backlit display video wall, a multi-window processor, and a wireless presentation and microphone system to enable teaching, research, and presentations through immersive digital visualization.

An experimental classroom allows instructors to experience new forms of teaching technology, as well as functions as a lab and event space while the geospatial information systems lab encourages the use of geographical information, spatial reasoning, and data visualization in classes and research. The facility also houses academic services, including the Crown Faculty Center, Colket Center for Academic Excellence, Quantitative Reasoning Center, Writing Center, ESL Center, and the First-Year Experience Office.


Colorado Springs, CO




Key Facts

  • 92,591 GSF
  • Budget $45M


  • Finalist, International AV Awards, 2019
  • Winner, Library Building Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA)/American Library Association (ALA), 2019
  • Gold Reconstruction Award, Building Design+Construction, 2018
  • Innovation Award, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), 2017