The Denver Water Recycling Facility consists of several new structures at a site adjacent to the South Platte River. In addition to several separate process structures, a new 26,000 square foot administration building housing offices, laboratories, conference rooms and process functions to meet staff needs. The main lobby and conference room are designed to accommodate public use and visits for presentations and tours, and to promote water recycling.
The tour route through the plant influenced the layout of all of the buildings, allowing for ease of access and requiring a higher level of finishes. In order to define the tour route, as well as facilitate operations, building entry elements are made prominent through use of a contrasting brick color and metal panel accents.
Continuity among the design and materials of the various structures enhance the campus-like feel of the plant. Major materials include structural brick, selected for its strength, beauty and durability, aluminum panels and tinted glazing.
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BLM's LEED Gold certified Office Building co-locates the Kanab Field Office and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Headquarters in Kanab, Utah. The overall site design combines numerous functions from public facilities to office, laboratory and warehouse uses, as well as all the required pedestrian and vehicular circulation, storage and other site amenities such as parking, landscaping and recreational areas. The public and administrative components are located in the 16,000 square foot Office Building while the laboratory and warehouse components have been combined into the 5,000 square foot Warehouse Building. Organization of the site progresses from very public at the front (west) to more private at the rear (east). This concept is carried through in the internal building organization as well.
New entrance station serving the Big Stump entrance to Kings Canyon National Park on California Highway 180. The Big Stump entrance station is the main entrance to both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and to Giant Sequoia National Monument in the Sequoia National Forest. Each year, Big Stump entrance station personnel are responsible for contacting more than 600,000 visitors entering the park in over 180,000 vehicles. The Big Stump entrance station is the primary point of contact where visitors pay entrance fees and receive maps and information on facilities, services, road conditions and resource protection.
Project included one Main Station and two kiosks serving four drive lanes and a storage building. All buildings were designed to be consistent with the historic architecture found throughout the park.
Nelson Flanders WTP
Short and Brennan Architects was the architect for the Nelson Flanders Water Treatment Plant outside of Longmont, Colorado
The plant consists of several new structures on a rural farm site adjacent to neighboring park and farm land. One of the goals of the design of the plant was to use site location, forms and materials to integrate the plant into the landscape and to cohesively demonstrate that the plant is both a good neighbor and a viable and important part of the community it serves.
Buildings are sited to fit within the existing slope of the land with existing trees along the Highland Ditch providing a backdrop. This overall organization sets the stage for a contextual architecture of an agrarian character.
To further achieve this agrarian character, buildings were designed with sloping metal roofs and clerestories where applicable, metal wall panels and large wall openings. Buildings sit on textured and stained concrete bases. Natural stone was also employed to tie the building into the site.
Additionally, by setting large and deep water containing structures into the slope, the mass and impact of these structures are mitigated, further enhancing the character of the buildings.
Design-Build Institute Of America - 2006 National Design-Build Awards - Best Project, Water Over $15 M
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Williams Fork Reservoir
Maintenance Building at Williams Fork Reservoir and Outlet Works addition at the base of the existing dam housing a turbine for power generation. New construction blends with the historic cast-in-place concrete structure while accommodating current operational needs, such as a bridge crane, monorail and vehicle bay, and the function of the turbine and associated piping. Extensive design of FRP stairs and ladders for access to valves and for other operational needs, both interior and exterior.
Design of a maintenance and office facility for the site, with truck bays and a wash bay. Office facilities include a conference area, workstation area, kitchenette, restroom and electrical controls room.
75th Street WWTP
The City of Boulder 75th Street WWTP project consists of several new and renovated structures at the existing plant.
The first phase of work consisted of a new Blower Building, new Aeration Basins including a Mixed Liquor Wasting Station, a small Laboratory addition, and modifications to the Control Room. Subsequently, a new DAFT (Dissolved Air Flotation Thickener) building was constructed. Building code and operational issues factored heavily into the design of this structure.
The last phase of work consisted of additions to the existing Headworks Building (Grit Room and MCC Room), a new UV Disinfection Building (constructed on top of an existing reservoir), and chemical and electrical room renovations to the Non-Potable Pump Station Building.
In order complement existing buildings on site, as well as ensure durability, new construction and additions made use of brick and CMU veneer rather than matching stucco products.
Located in Sterling CO, the plant is comprised of two Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings with masonry and metal panel exterior finishes. The Chemical Storage Building houses a number of mixed Hazardous Occupancies including separation design for future acid storage. In addition to housing process functions, the Process & Administration Building houses a public lobby, private offices, control room, laboratory, conference room, open office space, and a break area.
Building 7 Laboratory Consolidation Project
The project consolidates operations of two Sun Microsystems campuses to provide a single research community on Sun’s Broomfield Campus. The project consists of an interior laboratory finish of Building 7’s unfinished core and shell, conversion of office space to computer classrooms and laboratories in Buildings 1 and 5, three masonry additions to Building 7, and a new Central Utility Plant. The project reanalyzed Building 7 based on current codes and modeled the structure to determine its ability to a house computer research and laboratory loads in lieu of the office loads originally intended. The design carefully exploited the building’s strengths and strategically enhanced the structure to accommodate laboratory use. The design utilized high contrast rubber flooring to delineate areas of flexible laboratory space, under floor structural enhancements, egress pathways, and break areas in an open space plan of 126,000 SF. The result was a design that adapted to existing conditions, provided bright and colorful laboratory spaces and maintained campus interior design themes. Data Center and Office Space Laboratory interior finish of 200,000 GSF of unfinished core and shell space. Design incorporated requirements of future ‘Phase II’ demands on structure and infrastructure. “Phase II’ plans to fully populate rack type equipment, increase heat, chilled water, and electrical loads as well as expand foot print of laboratory space.
Central Utility Plant 2
New 7,000 SF, 1,500 ton Central Utility Plant supporting increased demands of campus infrastructure by new laboratories in Buildings 1, 5, and 7. Design incorporated addition of future chiller and sized infrastructure for future demands of ‘Phase II’ laboratory expansion.
Building 7: Shipping and Receiving Addition
Building 7: Exterior Freight Elevator Addition
Building 7: Model Shop Addition
The facility is located in a residential area in Denver. As a good neighbor, Denver Water was concerned with the appearance of the pump station and the overall fit into the neighborhood. For this reason the building is intended to harmonize with brick construction prevalent in the area and to provide some visual interest without being obtrusive.
The design of the facility incorporates a pump room, maintenance area, mechanical rooms, offices and toilet room. The structure consists of brick masonry walls, accented with aluminum windows, glass block, translucent wall panels and pre-finished corrugated metal panels. Glazing provides ample natural light to work areas. Additionally, the site was designed with paving, fencing and landscaping to be sensitive to adjacent properties.
Other aesthetic concerns included screen walls designed for electrical and mechanical equipment associated with the building. Built of the same brick and metal panels used on the building, the walls are integrated to the overall design.