A little more than one year since its opening, Thornton Tomasetti’s Denver office will be moving to its permanent home in LoDo, a 25 block historic district in the heart of Denver, at 1400 Wewatta Street. In addition to the fantastic view of the Pepsi Center, a Thornton Tomasetti project, the new building location was ideally situated to meet our LEED Gold certification goal for Commercial Interiors as it is close to Denver’s Union Station and Light Rail, both of which achieve LEED points towards the final certification.
Striving for Gold certification for the interior fit-out was an easy decision for Stan Welton, the Denver office manager. The new property already has a LEED Core and Shell Silver Rating and we were able to sit down with Gunnar Hubbard – our Sustainability practice leader – while he was in town to make a presentation to local clients, and also with Gensler, the architect hired to design the fit-out. Together they determined that they were in a good spot to go for the Gold certification.
The property also provides bicycle storage and changing rooms to encourage alternative transportation and voluntarily participates in the “Altogether Recycling” program, which allows for recycling without the headache of sorting your recyclables. As part of this program the property management provides all recycling bins and collection as part of the space lease. They also have an Overhead Lighting Control System in place to help manage lighting during normal business hours.
The LEED work started in late 2012 and is quickly coming to an end. The Denver office is slated to move into their new space on May 1, 2013. The Green building consultants from our Portland office have been working tirelessly to meet the fast-track deadline.
Please check back in a few weeks to hear how the move went and to learn about some of the interior LEED qualifications in the Denver office and their impact on the work environment for our Denver employees!
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