Centerra’s Rangeview Three Awarded LEED® Green Building Certification

Published: February 3, 2009

LOVELAND, CO – February 3, 2009 – Centerra’s Rangeview Three, 2915 Rocky Mountain Avenue, has been awarded LEED Silver certification under the LEED for Core & Shell by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings. Rangeview Three is McWHINNEY’s first LEED certified building at Centerra, a 3,000 acre master-planned community located at the intersection of Interstate 25 and Highway 34 in Loveland.

McWHINNEY planned Rangeview Three, a 61,000 square foot Class A office building, with an emphasis on tenant health, comfort, productivity and preserving the surrounding natural environment. Temperature, humidity and ventilation comfort design, use of low-emitting volatile organic compound materials, maximum natural lighting and outdoor views, bicycle storage, showers and changing rooms all contribute to healthy, productive tenants.

During a recent grand opening event for University of Northern Colorado (UNC) at Rangeview Three, UNC President Kay Norton, MCWHINNEY Co-Founder and CEO Chad McWhinney, and other key project partners participated in acknowledging the LEED certification by hanging the official LEED seal to mark Rangeview Three’s designation. University of Northern Colorado is a lead anchor tenant in Rangeview Three.

“McWHINNEY is exemplifying its commitment to building green in Northern Colorado with the LEED certification of Rangeview Three,” said Dean Barber, Vice President of Development, McWHINNEY. “The focus of our efforts has been to create an environment to maximize our tenants’ productivity and comfort while being sustainable in our building material selections, energy efficiency, and waste management.”

Rangeview Three was designed by RNL Design to achieve LEED Silver certification by obtaining the required points in various areas including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design points. The project attained 32 total points in achieving its Silver certification, positioning it just two points under Gold certification.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Rangeview project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

The project team for Rangeview Three included RNL Design, Drahota Construction, Adonia Professional Services, BHA Design, and Tait Engineers. The Rangeview Office Campus is located on the edge of Equalizer Lake, which is part of a 275-acre natural area. Current tenants in Rangeview Three include University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University Continuing Education.


About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (, and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit


Headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, McWHINNEY is a team of talented people who are passionate about creating great places for people and providing fabled experiences to our customers. We develop innovative and sustainable master-planned communities and award-winning vertical commercial and mixed-use projects. Since 1991, MCWHINNEY has planned and developed more than 6,000 acres in several master-planned communities and over 3.3 million square feet of vertical commercial and mixed-use properties throughout the Rocky Mountain region and on the West Coast. In 2008, McWHINNEY moved up from No. 13 to No. 11 on the list of the 50 Best Small and Medium Size Companies to Work for in America. For additional information, visit