Complex aims to set some of the most progressive sustainable goals of any public water utility.
36 acre site
Pursuing LEED Platinum
Pursuing Net Zero Energy
Facilities 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.