Denver Central Platte Campus

Denver, Colorado

Placing a priority in aesthetics just as much as functionality, the holistic campus provides buildings for a wide variety of services.


City and County of Denver

Project Size

Total Building Area:105,000 sf
Office/Warehouse: 29,056 sf
Fleet Maintenance: 39,546 sf
Enclosed Heated Storage: 13,493 sf
Salt Storage: 15,676 sf
Covered Storage: 7,200 sf
Fuel/Wash: 6,640 sf
Mag Chloride Tank Farm: 12 tanks
Site Area: 18.2 Acres

Building Performance



Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction, Eagle Award

Brownfield Renewal Award

Design-Build Award, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Excellence Award, Industrial/Process/Research

Professional Services

Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design

RNL provided architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture services on this innovative, sustainable, and award winning LEED-NC Gold project.

Denver Central Platte Campus (DCPC) was designed and constructed for the City and County of Denver’s Public Works Department. The project is 105,000 sf and is sited on an 18-acre campus. This one stop shop provides innovative facilities for Fleet Maintenance, Solid Waste Management, Street Maintenance, Traffic Engineering and Right-of-Way Enforcement, including office/warehouse, vehicle maintenance building, covered and heated vehicle storage, fuel and wash facilities and salt and magnesium chloride storage.

Located along the South Platte River and adjacent to Interstate 25, the six-building campus is highly visible, making the overall design aesthetic and the project’s integration into the surrounding urban context a key consideration in addition to optimal operational functionality and sustainability.

The project utilized an integrated design approach involving the design consultants as well as the contractors to develop systems to attain LEED-NC Gold, one step above the client’s requirement of LEED-NC Silver, without exceeding the fixed $29,000,000 budget. Sustainable features include an optimized roof design for photovoltaics, daylight/occupancy sensors, a radiant floor heating systems, evaporative cooling, reclamation and reuse of 80% of vehicle wash rinse cycle water, low flow/water efficient fixtures and native non-irrigated landscaping.

All aspects of the mechanical and electrical systems are focused on reducing energy consumption resulting in overall reduction in operating cost for the owner. The use of durable, sustainable, and low VOC interior finishes in combination with daylight and views create an appealing work environment. Priority parking spaces for bicycles and fuel efficient vehicles encourage employees to use more efficient modes of transportation in their daily commute.

"I cannot say enough about the creative design that the RNL team provided. Our site is the essence of efficiency. Your imaginative use of the entire, very challenging site has allowed us to achieve key operational efficiencies that our original plan missed. We are also enjoying reduced operational costs from your common sense approach to sustainability and equipment selection."
Michael Sheehan, PE, LEED AP City and County of Denver Design-Build Project Manager

Meet the team

Denver Central Platte Campus


Western Region Transit Director

Driven by a deep interest in creating more sustainable communities through improved mobility, Merlin Maley has dedicated more than a decade of his career to the transportation and public sector industry. Through his transit systems work, Merlin is helping to create 21st century cities and communities while decreasing the dependence on single-occupancy vehicles for mobility.

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