CDOT Headquarters Update #3

The new CDOT headquarters building, located at the intersection of West Howard Place and Federal Boulevard, is wrapping up the construction phase. As a reminder, the structure will rise five stories allowing for 175,000 square feet of office space. The low-rise tower will be home to CDOT’s statewide HQ as well as the Region One office for the Denver metro area.

The prefabricated main structure and parking garage are fully built out. The last items on the punch list include interior finishes, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and landscaping.

New CDOT Headquarters construction nearing completion
New CDOT Headquarters construction nearing completion

The building’s blue windows match well with the orange, white, and brown paint. A visit to the renderings page will show that signage and landscaping are the remaining items needed to complete the structure’s exterior.

CDOT’s HQ is slated for a grand opening in the second quarter of 2018. Hopefully, the project will be a catalyst for additional infill development in Sun Valley, West Colfax, and the Stadium District.


Welcome to our new DenverInfill contributor, Christian Garcia!

Christian Garcia, a native of San Angelo, Texas, graduated in 2017 from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Real Estate Finance. Receiving real estate industry exposure from his father since the age of 11, Christian is excited about finally putting his passion for real estate development to paper by contributing to the DenverInfill Blog.

By | 2018-04-03T22:02:53+00:00 April 2, 2018|Categories: Infill, Office, Sun Valley, Transit-Oriented|Tags: |18 Comments


  1. […] New CDOT HQ — and Giant Parking Garage — Nearly Complete at Decatur-Federal Light Rail Station (DenverInfill) […]

  2. jason April 3, 2018 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Looks like a jail. An Orange jail at that. Congrats RNL!

  3. GGW_CO April 3, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Welcome, Christian!

  4. Chris A April 3, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

    My roommate recently made the comment that they couldn’t afford any good colors, so they had to use leftover road paint. Overall happy to see it next to transit, disappointed about the wasted space above the parking garage and have been since the beginning.

    • G PAt April 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Garage has space for 450 vehicles. 725 employees. 140 fleet vehicles. Doesn’t add up.

      The orange color is the same as all the maintenance and plow trucks.

      Basically CDOT had a budget from 10 years ago, and this is the best they could get.

  5. Ryan Keeney April 3, 2018 at 11:06 am - Reply

    As an infill enthusiast I’m not one to often hop on board the FUGLY train but is anyone else perplexed by the popularity of neon orange paneling? I see it on new builds all over town. Even an older building, 1560 Broadway, recently added it all over their main entrance near 16th and Broadway.

    • Ken Schroeppel April 3, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      First thing I thought of was that the color was an intentional nod to the Denver Broncos, given the new CDOT building’s location.

      • Chris A April 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

        I agree with you Ken on that point.

  6. Claudia April 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    This building is weirdly hostile and aggressive, which is something I’ve never felt about a building before. This will be highly effective for making sure CDOT never hires any women!

  7. R. W. Rynerson April 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    The new CDOT hq location will be easier to reach than the old site. I think about that when my train or Rte 16 bus stops there. However, the colors have me craving an A&W Root Beer float by the time we’re underway again.

  8. Ed M April 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Very disappointing public sector architecture

  9. johnny3000 April 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    reminds me of trump…orange turd…

    • GC April 4, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

      johnny3000, we don’t need politics included on this site! Shame on you.

  10. Tom Harper April 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    My first comment here at DenverInfill andI wish it was more positive…to my eye, it has all the panache of a self-storage facility. And three levels of parking with nothing built above it is only slightly better than a surface lot.

    • Ken Schroeppel April 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Tom! Some comments are positive, some not so, but we encourage the conversation…

  11. Jim April 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I agree that the color is about as awful as you can get. Conjures up a lot of loud & obnoxious commercial architecture. Reminds me of Home Depot. The color only accents the fact that it’s a disappointing and less then mediocre building. Orange signage along the highway signifies a construction zone and is basically a warning sign. A bit literal, dumb and I agree with Claudia….hostile! As far as making negative comments on this site…I think for those of us who care about our built environment, it’s our duty to call out the crap for what it is. Maybe some of these developers and architects will actually realize they need to do better. And, I think we should give praise to the ones that do good.

  12. Derek Friday April 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Does anyone know if an Environmental Graphic Designer has been hired for this project? Perhaps some complimentary colors will help the project? All in good fun.

  13. Jarda April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Yep, screams correctional facility. Surrounded by nothing but parking lots in an industrial area. Will only add traffic to already overloaded Federal Blvd. Only redeeming feature is the proximity to light rail stop. Yet, no convenient pedestrian crossing present. They refused to move the existing one.

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