It was just a couple of days ago we published our first post on the new CDOT Headquarters building proposed for near Mile High Stadium. Today, we have a quick update due to having received a few new renderings that more clearly show the proposed structure. Thank you to everyone at CDOT and RNL Design for providing the new images!
Landscaped plaza and rain garden at the southeast corner of the project:
Overhead view looking northwest:
We can see clearly that the main pedestrian entry to the building is at the southeast corner, putting it in a good location for access to the light rail station across the street. However, let’s take a closer look at the site and this question of pedestrian access:
The nearest crosswalks over W. Holden Place are at Federal and at Decatur. No one, and I mean no one, is going to walk over to either Federal or Decatur to cross the street on the crosswalk to get to the transit station. They will either cut through the tree lawn immediately south of the building entry to cross the street, or follow the diagonal sidewalk to the corner of the property next to the access drive and then cross the street. Neither of these situations is acceptable and both would be technically jaywalking, right? With hundreds of additional vehicles moving along W. Holden Place after the building opens, and with RTD buses using the street to access the station’s bus gates, providing a safe way for CDOT employees and guests to cross the street conveniently right at the corner of the building is critical.
Here’s where CDOT, RTD, and the City can prove their commitment to prioritizing pedestrians over vehicles, encouraging transit ridership, and working towards Vision Zero: 1. Add a sidewalk across the tree lawn immediately next to the building entry to connect to the sidewalk along the north side of W. Holden Place; and 2. Add a mid-block pedestrian crossing directly at that point to provide pedestrians with direct, convenient, and safe access between the transit station and the building entry. You know, something like this:
Is that messy from a traffic engineering perspective? Probably. Will it cost a little extra money? Most likely. Is it the right thing to do? Definitely.