Rocky Mountain Institute


Office Building Preliminary Program Of Architectural Requirements

The Rocky Mountain Institute retained B&D in 2006 to develop a preliminary program of architectural requirements for a new world headquarters building. The focus of this document was to define this building for the institute’s trustees, staff, and supporters with respect to the project’s location, size, configuration, character, and budget. In response to its success as a nonprofit organization focusing on the efficient use of resources to promote environmentally sound and life-sustaining practices in public and private sectors globally, the institute required this building to organizationally and physically epitomize its core values and serve as a central location for critical and strategic thinking. It was envisioned to be an organizational core containing key administrative personnel and mission-critical “do-tanks” that would provide inspirational and experiential teachable moments to staff and visitors. Our scope of work included strategic visioning, interviews with management and team leaders, a site analysis, an outline program, and budget development. Our program identified demand for 14,000 gross square feet at the headquarters. The maximum size of this program was contingent on new zoning parameters that would increase the allowable built area to approximately 14,000 square feet on the site.