It’s time to move! Mile High United Way, which has been serving the Denver community for over 125 years, is relocating to new headquarters specifically designed to help the agency be even more effective.
The official groundbreaking of the Mile High United Way
project occurred in June 2013.
PCLers Lucas Mallory, Peter Beaupré, and
Dave Espinosa (l-r) celebrate with MHUW’s
"Our new home will be much, much more than a new building," said Christine Benero, president and CEO of Mile High United Way. "It will be a community asset—a long-term investment in the redevelopment of this unique area and in our ability to continue to partner with the Denver community to improve the lives of children, families, and individuals."
PICKING THE PERFECT PLACE
As the design-build general contractor, PCL has been involved with the headquarters relocation since the very beginning. Working as program managers, PCL first helped Mile High United Way’s real estate team assess more than 25 initial sites to find the one most ideally suited to the agency’s needs before moving onto the design phase. After 30 years in their current location, Mile High United Way decided on the Five Points Curtis Park district as the location for their new headquarters.
“The new headquarters will energize the area while helping achieve the Mile High United Way mission,” said Lucas Mallory, manager of business development at PCL Denver.
One of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, the Five Points and Curtis Park neighborhood borders the northeast side of downtown. The first predominately African-American neighborhood in the city, Five Points was home to over fifty bars and clubs from the ‘30s through the ‘60s, where jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Nat King Cole performed. Unfortunately, the once-thriving neighborhood became an underdeveloped and oftentimes dangerous area after the ‘60s, and urban flight left the neighborhood’s fate up in the air.
REVITALIZATION AND RENEWAL
The Mile High United Way headquarters will be the first office building in the historic neighborhood in recent times. The new 62,000-square-foot building includes an underground parking garage that spans the entire site. Inside, the headquarters will comprise office space, a leasable conference center for local nonprofits, a café, and a rooftop deck overlooking downtown Denver. The expanded conference space will increase Mile High United Way’s capacity to reach out to partnering nonprofits that lack space of their own to organize large meetings or events.
PCL and partnering architect Davis Partnership collaborated with the Curtis Park neighborhood association to create a building that fits the character of the landmarked district. These characteristics include verticality; long, narrow windows; stone patterns; and tight, regular cadence spacing reminiscent of the design aesthetics of nearby stone Victorian row houses.
“Working in a historic district is always a challenge,” Mallory said. “The Curtis Park neighborhood is over 100 years old, and we have worked to be respectful to the Mile High United Way mission and the integrity of the neighborhood.”
The new headquarters will break ground in mid-August 2013 and is expected to finish in late summer 2014.