New Operations, Maintenance & Administrative Building
Parker Water & Sanitation District (PWSD) new Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative building is located on our property across the street from the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility (RHWPF), off Ancestry Drive (formerly Heirloom Parkway) and Hess Road.
We undertook this project for many reasons, but the most significant driver was that the region PWSD serves (including the Town of Parker, City of Lone Tree, City of Castle Pines, and several Douglas County enclaves) and PWSD itself are growing rapidly, and we had outgrown our previous facility. Specifically, our prior administrative facility, located on the site of the North Water Reclamation Facility (NWRF), did not have room to expand, and the building needed extensive updates in order to keep up with both technological and space demands.
Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the project.
- 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 location 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 does the building look like?
The two-story, 102,000 sf building co-locates a total of 180 administrative, operations, and maintenance professionals across two curved (segmented) levels. The new sustainable space was built to house maintenance bays, an open-plan workplace, and a high-performance water quality laboratory.
The design was inspired by a drop of water’s concentric rings of outward momentum and the ceremonial circles used by Native American tribes who once lived in the area. The shape also fits the site's topography better, allowing for reduced excavation costs.
- What was the timeline for the project?
The project took approximately 18 months to complete. We broke ground on the project in Spring 2022 and occupied the building in December 2023.
- What was the budget for this? Did it affect my rates?
The construction budget for this project was $53 million. While all projects completed by PWSD have an impact on rates, the costs for this project were part of the District’s long-term capital plan and therefore included in our long-term rate plans along with many other necessary projects and costs.
- How does it impact the surrounding community?
The most direct impacts are to neighbors in the Heirloom neighborhood. We anticipate increased traffic through the neighborhood, particularly on weekdays.
PWSD is implemented the following to help mitigate community impacts:
- PWSD vehicles and contractors are instructed to use the Hess Road entrance to the site rather than neighborhood streets whenever possible.
- Construction did not begin before 7 am.
- 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 a demonstration garden for low-water landscapes, and examples of new irrigation technology; tours of the garden and other educational opportunities will be offered.
- How does the site respect the history of the Parker area?
The Rueter-Hess Reservoir and RHWPF sites 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.
- Does it impact any businesses?
We do not 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 were the partners on this project?
We contracted with Perkins & Will for the building design and JHL for construction services.
- Did the building incorporate any new and interesting technologies?
PWSD was committed to building a new headquarters that is as sustainable as possible. We made sustainable choices in building performance, windows/energy/solar power, water, ecology, and indoor air quality and materials. The technologies and innovations we installed are equivalent to a Gold LEED certification level.