New Headquarters Building
Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD) is planning to build a new headquarters building to be located on our property across the street from the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility (RHWPF), off Heirloom Parkway and Hess Road.
We are undertaking this project for many reasons, but the biggest driver is that the region PWSD serves (including the Town of Parker, City of Lone Tree and City of Castle Pines) and PWSD itself are growing rapidly and we have outgrown our current facility. Specifically, our current administrative facility, located on the site of the North Water Reclamation Facility (NWRF), does not have room to expand and the building needs extensive updates in order to keep up with both technological and space demands.
Why did you choose this location?
After reviewing multiple PWSD-owned sites, the Rueter-Hess location was selected due to its centralized location within the district and, specifically, its proximity to the Rueter-Hess Reservoir and Water Purification Facility. Additionally, the locations is also large enough to allow all departments and staff to come together in one space, meets PWSD’s projected 20-year growth needs, and allows for future expansion, if needed.
What will the building look like?
As part of the project, the two-story, 102,000 sf building will co-locate a total of 180 administrative, operations and maintenance professionals across two curved (segmented) levels sharing a center point that is marked by the highest point of the site. The design was inspired by a drop of water’s concentric rings of outward momentum. The new sustainable space will be built to house maintenance bays, an open plan workplace and a high-performance water quality laboratory.
What is the timeline for the project?
Once ground is broken, the project is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete. While the full timeline is still to be determined, we anticipate the following milestones:
- Design was 100% complete in December 2021
- The project officially broke ground in April 2022.
- Building will be completed by Mid-2023
What is the budget for this? Will it affect my rates?
The budget for this project is $52 million. While all projects completed by PWSD have an indirect impact on rates, the costs for this project do not have a direct impact on customer rates as the project was built into our long-term plan along with many other necessary projects and costs.
How will it impact the surrounding community?
The most direct impacts will be felt by neighbors in the Heirloom neighborhood. We will share information as it becomes available, but generally speaking we anticipate increased traffic through the neighborhood, particularly on weekdays, and there will be construction noise and vehicles present throughout the day.
PWSD is planning the following to help mitigate community impacts:
- PWSD vehicles and contractors will be instructed to use the Hess Road entrance to the site rather than neighborhood streets whenever possible.
- Construction will not begin before 7am except in certain instances, in which case we will request a variance from Douglas County.
- In an effort to limit nighttime impacts, we will be taking a “dark skies” approach to the building. This means avoiding the use of uplighting and limiting downlighting to minimum required levels.
- The new building will have indoor parking for a number of our fleet vehicles, which means neighbors will not have to view the majority of vehicles after hours. This also means we can reduce the need to provide security lighting in the parking lot.
- The building has been designed to seamlessly integrate into the natural grading of the hillside, rather than on top of it, in an effort to minimize disruption to neighborhood views and sightlines.
How will the community benefit from the building?
PWSD is planning to make a portion of the building available to the community for reservations on evenings and weekends; the details of that opportunity are still being worked out. Additionally, a demonstration garden and examples of new irrigation technology will be available; tours of the garden and other educational opportunities will be offered.
How will the site respect the history of the Parker area?
The Rueter-Hess Reservoir and RHWPF site have a rich history of Native American culture. Inspired by prayer circles that have been discovered at the reservoir, the building entrance faces east. The lobby will feature an educational component and be designed to honor the past, the present, and the future.
Will it impact any businesses?
We don't anticipate any impacts to local businesses; the site of the building is located on existing PWSD property and is removed from any commercial spaces.
Who are the partners on this project?
We have contracted with Perkins & Will for the building design and JHL for pre-construction services. Other contractors are still to be determined.
Will the building incorporate any new and interesting technologies?
PWSD is committed to building a new headquarters that is as sustainable as possible. Areas that we are looking into making sustainable choices include building performance, windows/energy/solar power, water, ecology, and indoor air quality and materials. Based on our current plans, the technologies and innovations we are installing would be equivalent to a Gold Leed Certification level.
Who should the public contact about the project?
Inquiries about the project may be directed to the PWSD Engineering Department.