The design of the Denver Central Platte Campus, a public works facility, is the result of three overarching design principles that guided all of the design decisions. The previously contaminated site is a prominent and visible Denver location along Interstate 25 and the Platte River. For that reason, the urban design direction required particular sensitivity. While the City requires LEED Silver certification on all of its new construction projects, this project is a model of the Greenprint Denver Plan in action. Ultimately, the design recognizes the logistical requirements of this project and makes operational efficiency an extremely high priority.


The building forms are a direct result of the functional requirements of the buildings and the goal of maximizing energy efficiency and daylighting for the occupants. A consistent palette of materials and forms has been used for all the major buildings to create a consistent feel across the site. More industrial uses are constructed of tilt-up concrete with a simple, clean pattern of reveals. Office areas are constructed of metal clad walls with storefront glazing for windows.  Daylighting has been introduced through a sawtooth roof form, which also allows ample opportunity for building integrated photovoltaic panels on the south facing slope of the sawtooth.  The sawtooth pattern is also clad in metal wall panels and creates the distinctive architectural form appropriate for this type of public building.


Project completed as Project Designer at RNL.