Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: This 97,000 square foot speculative building was built as part of a two-building development. The parcel of land was zoned as commercial instead of industrial and therefore fell under more stringent city requirements for design and aesthetics. The City also required the ability to support solar panels as part of the commercial zoning requirements. This particular site was slated for a tennis complex and then a mega church and sat vacant for over a decade while those plans fell through.
What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? Because the lot was zoned commercial instead of industrial, the building was subject to stringent design requirements as well as green build requirements by the local building department. In addition, the footprint of the building included the remains of an old coal mine shaft. Complete records of the shaft were not available so an extensive investigation and mitigation program was required before the building could be constructed.
Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? Because the site is at a very prominent intersection and it was zoned commercial, the local jurisdiction had a lot to say about the aesthetics of this development. They required multiple parapet heights, colors and textures be used across the site. The parapets on this building exceed 10 feet in some locations while the building clear height is 24'-0. This created large cantilevered parapets and high snow drift loads. The corner entries consist of an intricate system of spandrels and notched panels to create a very unique look. Decorative exterior panel systems were attached to the building once the panels were erected.
What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? The development provided much needed flex space to the community. One of the buildings is already fully leased. The project developed a prominent site that previously sat vacant and untended. Multiple abandoned and rundown buildings were demolished and the unsafe mine shaft was remediated.
Louisville, CO 80027
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