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Animas-La Plata Project (ALP) Permanent Operating Facility

The Animas-La Plata Project, located in La Plata County in southwestern Colorado, was built to fulfill water rights settlement of the two Native American tribes that live in Colorado: the Ute Mountain Ute and the Southern Ute Indian Tribes. The project provides water storage and supply for both Native American and non-Native American entities in the Four Corners Region. It includes Ridges Basin Dam and Reservoir (named Lake Nighthorse), Durango Pumping Plant, Ridges Basin inlet conduit, and a construction of a pipeline to deliver water to the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico. The Permanent Operating Facility has offices for support personnel with a shop and storage facility to maintain the Durango Pumping Plant.

3D rendering of the Animas-La Plata Project Permanent Operating Facility

The Bureau of Reclamation, an agency of the Department of the Interior (DOI), is the project owner and the Animas-La Plata Operations, Maintenance and Replacement Association is the tenant. Due to federal building ownership, the project utilized the Department of Interior’s Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings in addition to pursing LEED® certification. The 6,379 sf facility was completed in early 2012.

From 2010 – 2012, Earthly Ideas served as the sustainability and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) advisor to the project. We assisted with balancing the DOI Guiding Principles with the LEED v2009 Rating System and provided green building support to the design and construction team.