Trammell Crow Company was selected to be the preferred Master Developer by Denver Water to oversee and manage the redevelopment of their Operations Complex Master Plan in Denver, Colorado. TCC has been working with Denver Water for several years, having participated in the Master Plan process in 2012-2013 to provide a roadmap for this redevelopment.
Denver Water is a water operations utility that has been located on its 34.6-acre campus for more than 130 years. At the project start, the site’s 14 buildings average 55-years old, and the outdated facilities have become inefficient and inadequate for a visionary water utility service provider. This new Master Plan advises that of those 14 buildings, only three will remain, and eight new buildings will be constructed for a total of 332,000 square feet. To date, TCC has redeveloped three-quarters of the site, overseen 12 of 12 planned building demolitions, and completed 4 industrial-use buildings totaling 123,000 SF, a 360-space Parking Garage, an 8,000 SF Wellness Building, and most recently, the 187,000 SF High-Performance Office Building which serves as their new administrative headquarters.
The Denver Water Operations Complex is comprised of uses including: the approximately 660-employee Administration Building, as well as equipment shops, fleet maintenance, warehouses, trades buildings, and pipe/materials storage. By redeveloping the site, Denver Water can retain its current site, improve public accessibility and the workforce environment, and address significant safety and security issues.
In early June 2015, the Board of Water Commissioners approved the 5-year, $195.8 million redevelopment project. The project kicked off in July 2015, with an estimated completion date of September 2019. RNL Design is the architect on the project, with Mortenson Construction acting as the general contractor. This on-going relationship with Denver Water has been led by Bill Mosher, along with Project Managers Jacque Adams and Lee Ferguson.
Sustainability has been a critical driver in the delivery of the new, Class A, 187,000 SF High Performance Office Building completed in 2019. This building serves as the new Denver Water Headquarters, and features several highly-sustainable elements: LEED Platinum designation and Net Zero Energy performance, achieved through on-site solar; and operates one of the leading-edge water management systems, with on-site water recycling and water capture utilized both for irrigation and toilet-flushing.