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Beyond LEED by Paul Suter Denver Water’s new administration building
sets new standards in sustainability.
 Photo: Denver Water Admin exterior - Mike Branigan, Publisher- CCD Magazine
With a team including Stantec, Mortenson, Trammel Crow, Ambient Energy, MEP Engineers, Martin-Martin, KL&A, Aqua Nova and many other experts in their respective fields, the new Denver Water Administration Building has not only achieved the goal of LEED Platinum Certification. It has surpassed it.
The newly opened six-story, 186,000 square foot building is the central focus of the 35-acre operations complex located at the edge of downtown Denver, in a burgeoning industrial area named Burnham Yards. As Colorado’s largest water provider -- collecting, treating and distributing drinking water to 1.5 million people in Denver and many surrounding suburbs – Denver Water is riding the wave into the future with modern facilities that
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will be able to support the growing demands of providing water service to the state. The new building, which was designed and built to both
LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy standards, has set the bar high for the public agency’s multiphase modernization project.
As the administrative core of Denver Water’s redesigned campus, the new office building links eight new or fully renovated facilities including the new
warehouse, meter shop, trades and fleet buildings that were completed in 2017. With a long and narrow form that was modeled after Stantec’s design of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility in Golden, the building evokes a slot canyon sculpted by
the natural flow of water over many years. The building form maximizes daylighting and views, while reducing the need for artificial lights. Targeting LEED-NC Platinum certification and |

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