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Denver Water's Operations Complex Redevelopment

Building a more accessible, sustainable headquarters

Denver Water’s Operations Complex is in the final month of a redevelopment project to provide a more efficient, publicly accessible and sustainable headquarters. The complex includes the Administration Building, equipment shops, fleet maintenance, warehouses, trade buildings and space for pipe and materials storage. Water utility operations have been located on this site since 1881.

denver water operations complex redevelopment

What's on-site


employees in the Administration Building


average building age


acres on the site

Why it's important

The buildings on our Operations Complex site are outdated, inefficient and inadequate to support the future demands of providing water service to our community. The goal is to build a modern site that improves the efficiency, functionality, security and safety of all operations. In most cases, it is more cost-effective to rebuild than to renovate existing buildings. The new layout will improve traffic flow and take advantage of matching functions with building adjacencies.

As a prominent water resource manager in the West, Denver Water will lead the way to the future through environmental stewardship by creating an efficient, resilient Operations Complex. Sustainability is a key factor, as the complex has been designed to incorporate LEED certification, educational demonstrations of net zero energy and leading-edge concepts around the management of all water sources. The redeveloped complex will feature educational components about water and its efficient use.

Anticipated timeline

The first phase of construction began in 2016 with a focus on the operational facilities. The second phase, scheduled for summer 2017 through late 2019, focuses on the Administration Building and parking garage.

Who's involved

General contractor: Mortenson

Architect: RNL Design

Owner representative: Trammell Crow

Project contracts

Contact Aleah Menefee, 303-628-6561, about our Supplier Diversity Program and the Minority and Women Business Enterprise goals associated with this project.

See it up close

Some buildings are fully operational. Request a group tour of these new facilities.