Ute Water Conservancy District Headquarters

Grand Junction, Colorado

Ute Water Conservancy District is a public utility that provides drinking water for the Grand Valley. With close to 20 acres available, we sited the new headquarters to utilize only 8 acres, leaving the remaining 12 acres available for future expansion. The campus consists of three individ­ual buildings totaling 34,900 sf.

The Administrative Offices building is divided into public and private spaces. The public areas include customer service counters, a drive-up window to expedite payments, and a community meeting room. The private areas ‒ controlled by key-card access ‒ include staff offices, a 2-hour fire-rated archive room, conference rooms, a break room, and sev­eral breakout spaces.

The Transportation & Distribution Warehouse is divided into offices, break room, showers for field employees, a meeting room, and storage.

The Maintenance Shop services company vehicles. This five-bay building includes vehicle hoists, tire and oil changing equip­ment, floor drain­age with sand/oil separation, welding curtains, central air compres­sion, and used oil storage.

The site was designed to accommodate high traffic volume and large vehicles, and it includes a fueling station. Sustainable building features include metered faucets, daylight controls, high-performance glazing, waterless urinals, and dual flush toilets. An efficient design and a great bidding climate during the recession helped deliver this project 30% under budget.