Commerce City Civic Center

Commerce City, Colorado

The Civic Center weaves urban and natural, creating a sustainable state-of-the-art building at the entrance of a wildlife refuge.


City of Commerce City

Project Size

90,000 sf

Building Performance

LEED-NC Silver


Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Rocky Mountain Selection Award

AIA Colorado, Merit Award - Sustainability

Silver Hard Hat Award Outstanding Public Project

Professional Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design

Commerce City’s new Civic Center is a state-of-the-art, energy-effcient home for the city’s government operations, justice center and police department. Located just south of the Prairie Gateway open space, the building also serves as an entryway to the new Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
The project is certified LEED Silver by the USGBC. The exterior design of the building weaves a natural and urban palette with the use of a unique manufactured stone(nature) and a zinc metal wall panel (urban). Both materials were selected for their beauty, extreme longevity and ease of maintenance. The roof features a cool white roof, which reduces the demand on the building’s cooling systems as well as heat island effect, which is an increase in temperature often caused by asphalt or other dark surfaces that absorb the sun’s energy. Daylighting is also a significant component of the design. The majority of the building uses access floor and under floor air distribution, which enhances energy effciency, occupant comfort and indoor air quality. Low-emitting materials are used throughout the interior of the building, enhancing the quality of the interior environment.