Adams County Human Services Center11860 Pecos Street
Westminster, CO 80234
Design Achievement – The new Adams County Health and Human Services Department in suburban Denver is an adaptive reuse of former telephone equipment manufacturing facility. Programmatic, circulation, and user-experience needs required the building addition included the design of a new main entry lobby. This 4,000-sq-ft atrium expansion features a signature grand staircase that establishes the public, open nature of the building. Clean, rhythmic volumes and structure denote a grand and stately building, while large windows, wide eaves, and warm materials convey openness. The entire building is unified with a simple, consistent fenestration pattern. Adams County sought to improve how it delivers services to the public and every aspect of moving a client through the service center process was evaluated. DLR Group analyzed the way each employee works and delivered strategic adjacency's and employee collaboration spaces to create an exceptional work environment.
Scope Summary – This adaptive reuse project transformed a 50-year old, 3-story, 315,00 SF industrial building into a 21st Century workplace to consolidate the Adams County’s Human Services, Head Start, Child and Family Center, and the Workforce and Business Services departments. Nearly 70 percent of the building’s precast and masonry skin was removed and replaced with new glass curtain wall and storefronts. Six skylights were inserted to bring natural light into second and third floor spaces. DLR Group provided planning, design, engineering, and interiors services.