Denver Water Operations Complex

Denver Water
In Progress

Complex aims to set some of the most progressive sustainable goals of any public water utility.


Denver Water

Project Size

190,000 sf
36 acre site

Building Performance

Pursuing LEED Platinum
Pursuing Net Zero Energy

Professional Services

Facilities Master Planning
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Master Planning

A national leader in providing quality water to its customers, Denver Water, Colorado’s oldest and largest water utility is also its most innovative and conscientious. The public agency is a champion for important conservation efforts and a pioneer in large scale recycled water treatment. Inwardly responsible as well, Denver Water takes great pride in offering its employees a superior, happy and healthy work environment.

When it came time to modernize their 36 acre operations complex, Denver Water hired RNL as the master campus architect to help them push the boundaries of what is possible on a contemporary campus; featuring a new 190,000sf state-of-the-art administration building, as well as a large operations site linking 7 other completely new facilities including a new warehouse and fleet building, a 490 space parking garage, shop facilities, and a wellness building, along with a renovated conference and training center adapted from a 132 year old stone pumping station.

Denver Water’s and the Design Team’s mission is to set some of the most progressive sustainable goals of any public water utility, including the options to pursue LEED Platinum certification, Net Zero Energy and WELL Building Standard certification for the administration building. The new campus aims to also feature the newly titled ‘One Water’ initiative which capitalizes on Denver Water’s unique expertise to showcase a number of cutting edge strategies to capture and reuse both site and building water. The design further proposes numerous advanced wellness and workplace of the future concepts, including both social and quiet work spaces with advanced technology support and access to increased daylight, biophilia, fitness options and on-campus healthy dining.

Meet the team

Denver Water Operations Complex


CEO/Chairman of the Board
Corporate Market Lead

As RNL’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, Josh Gould has proven an exceptionally strategic leader, guiding an expansion of the geographies and markets that RNL serves. In his more than 30 years with the company, Josh has also been instrumental in shaping the holistic design philosophy that has become one of RNL’s most significant competitive differentiators.

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Denver Water Operations Complex


Senior Associate
Senior Project Manager

Tony Thornton joined RNL in 2010, bringing nearly 23 years of commercial, residential, mixed use, and institutional project experience. His passion for art helps him to bring a designer’s eye to his role as a project manager.

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Denver Water Operations Complex


Assistant Project Manager

As an assistant project manager with RNL, Hannah-Hunt Moeller promotes compelling design solutions in the public and civic realm. She is a big picture thinker who is passionate about community wellness, sustainable city design and using design to impact daily living.

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Denver Water Operations Complex


Project Coordinator

Since starting at RNL as an architectural intern in 2005, Tom Wiener has earned a reputation for successfully delivering holistic designs that improve the end-user’s day-to-day experience.

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