BOULDER — Construction is under way on a 60,000-square-foot renovation of an old warehouse in Flatiron Park in east Boulder that, when completed, will house employees of Penton’s New Hope Network and Sovrn Holdings, two companies already in Boulder.
The building at 5541 Central Ave., owned by Goff Capital Partners LP, will be called The Loading Dock. Designer OZ Architecture is reusing the former warehouse and a loading dock that will serve as an elevated boardwalk that connects to the indoor office.
New Hope Network, which provides services to businesses in the healthy-lifestyle products industry, will move from its downtown headquarters at 1401 Pearl St. and occupy 30,000 square feet. Tech firm Sovrn Holdings, which helps publishers grow their businesses on the web, will move from 1750 29th St. and will occupy 30,000 square feet. Both firms will be leasing space.
The renovation is incorporating cross-laminated timber, which is made from engineered wood panels laminated together in alternating directions and has the look of heavy, old-growth lumber. Using cross-laminated timber offers waste reduction and environmental benefits because it is sourced using sustainable forestry practices and the boards are precisely pre-cut, which creates less material waste. The pieces arrive organized and numbered, allowing the building to be assembled on site. The primary structure of The Loading Dock will be erected in about a day.
“The look of CLT has captured our imagination because of its inherent beauty and authenticity, as well as the opportunity to provide a built solution that is sustainable and high performing,” said Amanda Johnson, associate principal at OZ Architecture, which has offices in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.
Joe Anastasi, lead designer on the project and associate at OZ, said the design concept is based on both connection and authenticity.
“We wanted to connect to the existing warehouse and outdoor environment architecturally, but more importantly, we had the opportunity to connect to this local fabric in a transformative way,” he said. “The potential for future development in this office park, the community, Colorado and even nationally required a distinctive solution that highlights an honest use of materials, one that exposed the beautiful structure and unique connections and details.”
To help reinforce this physical connection, a large CLT roof element cantilevers over the main entry and informal gathering deck space highlighted by string lighting above.
The project also is incorporating photovoltaic roof panels, and energy-saving mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
Boulder-based Quinlan Construction Inc. is the general contractor for the project.
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