Fentress Architects and Mortenson Construction celebrated breaking ground on the new $200 million, 467,000-square foot Charles Schwab campus that will be located on a 40-plus-acre site in Lone Tree, Colorado. Charles Schwab Corporation Founder and Chairman Charles R. Schwab, Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor of City of Lone Tree Jim Gunning, and Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella spoke at the event.
With Schwab’s service center facilities currently spread among three leased buildings in Denver, the company set out to create a unified regional campus for its Denver workforce. Fentress Architects, a Colorado headquartered firm that specializes in creating sustainable state-of-the-art office design, and Mortenson Construction, one of the nation’s top builders, were hired to create the new highly-efficient and flexible campus for Charles Schwab’s 1,800 regional employees.
Careful Site Selection | Schwab exercised a great deal of care choosing the location of the new campus. The company’s real estate team studied six site possibilities, and contracted Fentress Architects to do a full evaluation and analysis of each. After extensive consideration they concluded RidgeGate in Lone Tree would best suit their needs, largely due to the welcoming community, close vicinity to bike paths, parks, trails, the Lone Tree Recreation Center, the Lone Tree Arts Center, and a range of shops and restaurants within walkable distance. The site is also adjacent to a planned RTD Light Rail stop.
The new campus will include a two-story retail branch building, two additional five-story office buildings, a parking garage and a centrally located amenities building that will feature a 15,000-square-foot dining facility for employees and a moveable glass partition that can collapse to form a more spacious multi-purpose event room.
Optimizing Views and Sustainability | With Charles Schwab’s goal of creating a pleasant work environment for employees, Fentress Architects’ design staggers the three buildings on the campus to capture views of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline. Schwab also wanted to create an eco-friendly setting for its new campus and will be pursuing LEED Gold certification when the project is complete. Sustainability features include a photovoltaic (solar panels) system, a 2-acre green roof, green materials, daylighting, and an optimized HVAC system.
Construction is expected to be complete by third quarter 2014 and will include a phased occupation of the site. Other major companies that are part of the design and construction team include ME Engineers, Martin/Martin as civil engineer, Crosby Structural Engineering, RK Mechanical, Berg Electric, Rocky Mountain Prestress, and JR Butler.
Name: Charles Schwab’s New Colorado Campus
Location: Lone Tree, Colorado
Investment: More than $200 million
Size: 467,000 square feet
Site: 40-plus acre site
Construction Start: March 2013
Completion: Summer 2014
Architect: Fentress Architects
General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
About Fentress Architects
Fentress Architects is a global design firm that passionately pursues the creation of sustainable and iconic architecture. Together with its clients, Fentress creates inspired design to improve the human environment. Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm has designed US $30 billion of architectural projects worldwide, visited by more than 350 million people each year. Fentress is a dynamic learning organization, driven to grow its ability to design, innovate and exceed client expectations. The firm has been honored with more than 450 distinctions for design excellence and innovation. In 2010, Curtis Fentress was recognized by the American Institute of Architects with the most prestigious award for public architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Award. Fentress has studios in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Jose, California; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.; and Shanghai, China.