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ENGINE HOUSE NO. 5 The origins of Engine House No. 5 date to 1881 when the Richards Hose Company was established. In 1890, Steamer No. 5 was added to the Hose Company. The company was located at 1829 Blake Street in 1893 and in 1903 changed its name to Engine Company No. 5. On January 1, 1923 the company moved to 19th and Market where it remained until 1980. On January 1, 1981, the location closed as an Engine House, but continued to be used as a line shop for the Denver Fire Department until 2010. SLATERPAULL Architects purchased Engine House No. 5, from the City and County of Denver in May of 2010, with plans to adaptively reuse the 1922 building to serve as the firm’s corporate headquarters. The historic building was transformed into a high performance sustainable office space and is one of the most energy efficient, adaptive reuse projects in Denver.

SLATERPAULL’s design

solution for the new office blends the historic character of Engine House No. 5 with a flexible, collaborative work environment. The 13,000 square foot building is listed as a contributing building in the Lower Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and also a local landmark district. The building received LEED Platinum Certification from USGBC in 2011.


Engine House No.5 Sustainable Strategies Energy Conservation 1. The building utilizes chilled beams to provide heating and cooling to the space, and a sub-floor air distribution system. A solar array provides a 46% improved energy efficiency over ASHRAE 90.1-2007 requirements 2. Over 6% of the building’s electric use is offset by the Solyndra solar collection system DW

Daylighting 3. Tubular daylighting devices and skylights were added to enhance the existing daylight provided by windows on the South and West supplying daylight to all occupied spaces

Indoor Air Quality 5. Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, adhesives and sealants were utilized throughout the construction process 6. The equipment causing airborne chemicals and particles has been isolated to reduce exposure to building occupants

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Water Conservation 4. Installation of low flow fixtures in restrooms utilizing 0.17 gpc lavatories, high efficiency toilets (1.0 and 1.28 gpf), pint flush and waterless urinals, and 1.5 gpm sinks assist with our goal of reducing water use by over 44%

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Reduce Waste Stream 7. Maximize recycling of paper, magazines, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass, with recycling stations located throughout the building; Compost food and paper waste; Installed hand dryers to reduce paper towel use; Provide electronic waste recycling for office and home electronics Sustainable Interior Finishes 8. Recycled content flooring finishes include carpet and concrete raised floor system, rapidly renewable materials including linoleum flooring, rubber base, and furniture systems with high recycled content, lead and PVC free components and a Cradle to Cradle Silver rating

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Material Reuse 9. Historic building reuse includes masonry, plaster wall, structure and select windows 10. Reused structural steel tube columns that were temporarily used for a rehabilitation project in Denver Civic Center Park 11. Re purposed original fireman’s lockers 12. Refurbished original wood floor 13. Salvaged furnishings from our previous office spacing including bookcases, shelving, and rolled drawer storage Site 14. Provide bicycle racks, RTD Ecopasses, and B Cycle membership Regional Materials 15. Materials obtained locally, within a 500 mile radius, include drywall, replacement terra-cotta tiles, replacement brick, and concrete

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SLATERPAULL Architects / Engine House No.5 Energy Case Study  

SLATERPAULL Architects / Engine House No.5 Energy Case Study

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