The DTC Story

The Denver Technological Center (DTC) was established in 1962. The idea was simple: to establish a truly high-quality environment in which people could live and work. The concept matured over the years and the vision for a future urban environment has become a reality.

The DTC had an auspicious beginning. It was founded with only forty acres a few miles south of the City of Denver boundaries. Development of an office park was an unknown concept at that time. Acquisitions of land parcels accompanied slow, steady growth of the campus-like complex until the project reached 909 acres.

Nationally recognized as one of the country’s premier business centers, the DTC is located at the junction of two major freeways, I-25 and I-225. The DTC forms the gateway to Denver’s southeast business corridor. DTC is master planned to contain several times more than its current fourteen million square feet of development. Although most of the development in the Tech Center is comprised of office space, strategically located concentrations of hotels, residential apartments, condominiums, high-end single family residences, upscale retail, specialty shops, and restaurant complexes round out this mixed-use business center.

Concept

DTC began as a vision of a better environment for companies who wanted to locate closer to their new suburban residences. What has been created is a neighborhood environment of mixed-use development where businesses and people flourish.

The traffic system within the Center offers exceptionally good internal mobility. Parking is subdued, hidden under buildings, or by landscaped berms, to reduce the visibility of automobiles without sacrificing accessibility.

The low profile roads, parking and underground utilities allow the buildings, landscaping, plazas and people to be the focal points.

Master Plan

The master plan calls for a balanced mixture of land uses to create an urban center in a suburban setting. The tree-lined street system creates superblocks, which are developed with distinct visual characteristics. A sense of community has been enhanced by the addition of several high-quality apartment complexes.

At the heart of the Denver Technological Center is an innovative design concept, Crescent Town Center. The development has each building combining its open space to create common frontage on a curving road that borders a crescent shaped park. Crescent Town Center has established a focal point and significant amenity with a hotel, bank, restaurants and public park for the DTC.

Master plan development and management have created the foundation for a suburban “edge city.” Planning controls are the cornerstone of DTC’s environment. The Architectural Control Committee ensures that the highest standards are maintained in existing product and in all future development projects. Protective covenants provide development guidelines to enhance land values for present owners, future investors, tenants and residents in the DTC.

Environment

DTC has created an environment that allows corporations, investors, tenants and employees to find all the required amenities that will serve their many needs. These include a prime location, good access, infrastructure elements and planning controls. Every feasible aspect involving quality development is available at DTC. As developers of the business park that has achieved national recognition, it is our long-range plan to continue this proven heritage.

The following highlights illustrate the DTC:

  1. Approximately 1,000 companies reside in the DTC with heavy orientation on technological operations including media, communications, financial services, sales, engineering, professional firms as well as various corporate operations.
  2. There are approximately 35,000 employees working at the DTC. This represents the largest employment center in the Southeast Corridor.
  3. Over 14 million square feet have been developed, including 9.4 million square feet of office space. Also located within the DTC are 3,151 multi- family and 115 single family units, Belleview Promenade (upscale retail), a 650-room Marriott hotel, a 450-room Hyatt Regency, and a 120-room AmeriSuites. Sites for three more hotels are incorporated in the long-range plans, giving DTC the best location for high quality accommodations.
  4. Location is a key feature to the business park. DTC’s location at the junction of I-25 and I-225 allows convenient access to all parts of metropolitan Denver. The approximate 15-minute drive to downtown Denver, 30 minutes to Denver International Airport and 10 minutes to Centennial Airport, make the DTC accessible to over 60% of Denver’s labor force.
  5. Public transportation is increasing on a regular basis. There are 375 regular and express bus trips serving the DTC each day of the work week. Most buses serving the Southeast Corridor originate and/or terminate in downtown Denver and make stops at various transfer stations in DTC. Additional ground transportation to downtown and the airport is provided by shuttle and limousine services.
  6. Most of Denver’s prime residential areas, attracting executive and management personnel, are within five minutes of DTC.

Superblocks

One of the concepts making development plans a reality at DTC is the Superblock. Each Superblock contains 30 acres or more, equivalent to 16-20 city blocks. Each parcel development is required to have a minimum of 30% open space. Combining common open space with required open space in each Superblock, DTC is assured of always having in excess of 40% open space, creating places for people to gather and recreate.

Zoning

DTC lies within two governmental jurisdictions, the City of Denver and the City of Greenwood Village. DTC thereby has flexibility and choice to select the municipality in which to develop or operate.

B-8 zoning in Denver allows an intense commercial use that encourages high-rise development. A special Town Center Zone was established in Greenwood Village to accommodate a mixture of density development and building heights.

Infrastructure

A major road network is in place, including access to the two major freeways at four interchanges. Underground power, telephone, water, gas and sewer systems are in place throughout DTC.

Excellent electrical service at DTC is one of the Center’s outstanding features. There are three separate power substations serving the area, making it the ideal location for a number of major computer companies.

Protective Covenant System

The Denver Technological Center has often been described as one of the finest business parks in North America. The aesthetic and fiscal value of the properties has out-paced other area Parks and submarkets including the central business district in Denver for many years. This quality is maintained through the implementation of protective covenants, which include strict architectural controls. These covenants establish a high set of standards for planning and design, which are fair to all parties, while maintaining exceptional value for each property within the Denver Technological Center.

The Protective Covenants of Denver Technological Center legally apply to all land that is part of DTC, regardless of ownership and they are independent of the zoning and land use regulations of local governments.

The system of land use control created by the Covenants includes a Master Plan, Review Procedures and Design Criteria.

Accessibility

Accessibility to Denver Technological Center is excellent because of the confluence of I-25 and I-225, which bounds the park on the north. I-25 provides major north-south accessibility connecting into Downtown Denver and Denver International Airport via either I-70 or I-225.

Three major interchanges provide access to the DTC from I-25. Belleview Avenue and Orchard Avenue provide direct arterial access and Arapahoe Road, south of the park provides access via the Yosemite Street Overpass. The Yosemite Street interchange off of I-225 provides a frontage road to DTC Boulevard, which is the major north/south boundary road in DTC. These interchanges were designed with sufficient capacity to accommodate all planned development within DTC.

DTC comprehensive internal street network connects with five major arterials, and with traffic flow within DTC controlled by signalized intersections at key locations. Internal streets within DTC consist of broad parkways with landscaped medians, which provide for access to all parcels within the park. These parkways bring automobiles directly to parking lots designed to serve individual buildings. Median cuts are planned at predetermined access points. These points are referred to in the Accessibility Masterplan.

DTC encourages the use of measures to reduce reliance on single occupancy of vehicles through both a rideshare program (which allocates 5% of total parking as preferential parking for its users) and an extensive bus system. A major timed transfer bus stop (pulse point) of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) is located in northern DTC. Express route bus services is available via I-25 and Arapahoe Road. The regional, local and internal service is outstanding, with several bus shelters and stops throughout. Employees have a fairly direct connection to DTC from all areas of Metropolitan Denver on over-the-road buses allowing commuters to work while riding.

An internal shuttle bus service system was initiated by the Regional Transportation District.  This system supplements RTD service within the area of I-225 to Arapahoe Road between Yosemite Street on the east and Monaco Street on the west. Service headways are 5 minutes peak, and 15 minutes off peak.

Utilities and Services

Electricity is provided through Xcel Energy of Colorado. The existing underground distribution system within DTC has among the highest degree of reliability in terms of existing and backup facilities on the entire Xcel system in the state of Colorado. The system is also readily expandable to meet future needs.

Power supply is derived from a 230-Kilovolt transmission network which transverses the northwest portion of DTC with strong ties to the Xcel transmission grid system. The southern portion of DTC is supplied with 100-megawatt capability and is used as an alternative power source for reliability purposes to major computer facilities.

Natural gas services are available through Xcel Energy. DTC is supplied via a 20-inch high pressure main, which is considered capable of meeting any service demands with the Development.

Individual sites are serviced by a series of smaller lines ranging in size from 1.2 inches to 6 inches and are typically adjacent to available parcels. Xcel is capable of providing up to 20,000 cubic feet per hour per customer at operating pressures of .25 to 2.00 Psig. Normal content is 829 BTU per cubic foot based on Denver Metropolitan elevation.

Telephone service within DTC is available through CenturyLink and several alternative access providers. Voice grade service, provided over a network of copper wire and fiber optics conduit, is available within the system. Adequate capability either exists today or can be readily provided through this system to accommodate loading demands.

Service extensions to and within individual sites in DTC are typically made under construction allowances established under service contracts and are usually predicated upon service load demands. Extending service to a new site falls under A4 Tariffs on file with the Public Utilities Commission. For normal types of services, such extensions are at no cost to the user.

Fiber optic cable line for cable television and interactive video, data and voice services are provided by various companies such as Comcast. They also offer Digital Music Express (DMX) - CD quality music delivered 24 hours a day. This service is uninterrupted and subscriber controlled. All of the services are available via cable and many may be obtained via Direct Broadcast Satellite.

Fire protection services south of Belleview Avenue are provided by the South Metro Fire Rescue, which has full service stations located at East Orchard Road and South Havana Street, East Orchard Road and South Quebec Street and South Monaco Parkway and Hampden Avenue. The water flow for fire fighting in DTC is greater than 1500 gpm for an indefinite number of hours. Properties within DTC carry an I.S.O. fire rating of 3. All districts utilize the 1991 Uniform Fire Code for building and site plan referrals.

Water is supplied to DTC by the Denver Water Department and is distributed throughout the Center by three entities ~ Denver Suburban Water District, Castlewood Water District and Southgate Water District. In most cases the trunk system is already installed adjacent to the development parcels. On-site looping and fire services are typically the responsibility of the individual site developer. Water pressure throughout DTC generally has a pressure range of 90 p.s.i. to 120 p.s.i.

Tap fees are paid to individual Districts as well as to the Denver Water Board. Design standards for both entities must be met. The Denver Water Board tap fee is paid separately from the supplying entity. However, District tap fees must be paid before application to Denver for a tap.

Sanitation service is provided by Denver Wastewater Management Division in the northern portion of DTC while Goldsmith Gulch Sanitation District and Southgate Water and Sanitation District are responsible for the southern portions. Each District requires tap fees.

Irrigation of medians and parks within DTC is provided from district wells with non-potable water. Site irrigation is generally the responsibility of individual developers through the potable system. In some instances in the southern portion of DTC, Goldsmith Metropolitan District will consider use of its well system for on-site irrigation.