The Goldsmith Metropolitan District provides services such as parks, trails, open space and landscaping for the Denver Technological Center (DTC).
The 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 became 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.
The DTC has a master plan that 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.
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 (ACC) 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.
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.
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.
Fiber optic cable line for cable television and interactive video, data and voice services are provided by various companies such as Comcast.
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.
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 Goldsmith Metropolitan District wells with non-potable water. Site irrigation is generally the responsibility of individual landowners. In some instances in the southern portion of DTC, Goldsmith Metropolitan District will consider use of its well system for on-site irrigation.