New HQ Blends Technology & Old World Craftsmanship in Denver, Colorado
by Chris Strawn, principal, civil engineering, Ware Malcomb
Ware Malcomb, Denver, Colorado, has completed construction on the new headquarters of TruStile® in Denver. Ware Malcomb provided architecture, interior design, and civil engineering services for the project. Founded in 1995, TruStile is an industry leader and innovator in interior doors. The company’s new 310,000-sq.ft. headquarters is comprised of approximately 50,000 sq.ft. of office space and 260,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing/production space with a large outdoor amenity deck. Every door throughout the facility showcases a different model designed and manufactured by TruStile, creating a walking showroom of the brand.
Like the company’s products, the overall design blends modern technology with old world craftsmanship. Utilizing a modern mountain aesthetic, the space includes an expansive reception and lounge area with a steam fireplace, client-facing conference and training rooms, open office areas, private offices, collaborative areas and huddle rooms, a fitness center, and a large café with an exterior patio. To reflect the company’s target residential market, the space incorporates furniture, lamps, and accessories, such as books and houseplants, to give it a more residential feel.
Access to natural light was also a top priority for TruStile. The design team ensured the layout of the open office areas and primary amenity areas were located near windows as much as possible. By incorporating windows in the training room and at various points in the office, architects and designers touring the space can also get an inside look at the 260,000-sq.ft. production area. All glazing, both interior and exterior, was designed and manufactured by TruStile’s parent company, Marvin® Windows and Doors.
The project was designed to be environmentally friendly and features a two-story mechanical building located on the north side of the facility, which houses a bio-mass boiler. The bio-mass boiler converts sawdust that is produced through the manufacturing process into energy used for heating/cooling the facility.
The project also required multiple creative civil engineering solutions due to being located within the 100-year floodplain with tight site constraints not allowing space for traditional detention. The site required a floodplain development permit/LOMR-F and a very large underground detention system. The restrictions involved with construction near the onsite overhead transmission line and the desire to limit the export from the site pushed the project to use an underground detention solution that was the first of its kind in Colorado.
“TruStile previously operated out of four buildings in North Denver. This new headquarters brings all of TruStile’s operations together under one roof, doubling their square footage and giving them plenty of room for future growth,” said Matt Chaiken, principal of Ware Malcomb’s Denver office. “Working closely with TruStile we created a unique design, from the civil engineering to the architecture and interior design, which reflects their commitment to innovation and technological advancement, and supports long-term success,” said Chaiken.