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City of Denver Public Works Department Central Platte Campus

Denver, Colorado

In order to accommodate a new light rail line, the City and County of Denver needed to relocate an existing Public Works facility. The City and County of Denver issued a design/build competition to complete a new campus of buildings to house the Solid Waste, Traffic Management, Street Maintenance, and Fleet Maintenance departments.

Maintenance Design Group created a solution to provide operational flexibility and easy phasing, particularly with the fuel and wash and sand/salt facility that had to be fully constructed within six months after award of the project. The site location presented many challenges regarding building placement and the use of exterior materials due to the environmentally sensitive nature of the river basin, as well as the viewshed along adjacent roadways. The maintenance building features two bridge cranes, parallelogram lifts, vehicle exhaust reels, a tire shop, a welding bay, and a two-story parts room. In-floor heating was used in the shop floors, providing a quicker recovery time after the large overhead doors are opened by providing heat closer to the vehicles and mechanics.

Project Highlights
• Conveyor sand/salt dome and magnesium chloride farm reduces likelihood of salt getting into storm drainage as well provides more efficient stockpiling and storage capacity.
• Drive-through chassis wash for sweepers eliminates need to put these large vehicles into reverse.
• Facility provides Warehouse and Shops suites for each City department.
• Building and electrical systems were designed for the addition of future photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Services Provided
Preliminary Design
Facility Needs Assessment
Master Plan/Concept Design
Final Design
Equipment Industrial Design
Construction Administration
Fleet Size

500 vehicles

Site Size

28.5 acres

Facility Size

76,500 square feet

Construction Cost