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555 17th Street
555 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
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555 17th Street is a Class-A office building located in the central business district of Denver. The property encompasses an interior gross area of over 804,000 square feet, a 276,658 gross square foot parking facility, an atrium, and a loading dock facility that serves the entire city block. The property is owned by 555 17th Street Investors LLC and has been professionally managed by Cushman & Wakefield of Colorado, Inc. since 2002. The tenants include a variety of professional firms that include Holland & Hart, the largest law firm in Denver and the building’s largest tenant, the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, the engineering firms of PB Americas and CDM Smith, and the Anschutz Corporation, the former owner of the property. The Grand Hyatt of Denver also leases more than two floors of the building for its non-traditional office tower uses of a conference center and ballrooms, all of which operate seven days a week and up to twenty-four hours per day.

Energy management and efficiency remain a key focus of the property’s operating team. The property management team, led by Portfolio Manager Patrick Fine, Chief Engineer Jon Rasch, and Assistant Property Manager Libby Kolble, continues to implement improvements to the building systems and operating practices to reduce energy consumption while improving the quality of the services provided to the tenants of 555 17th Street. The property management team is supported by an exceptional engineering staff that has both the knowledge and experience to operate sophisticated systems and controls in accordance with the building's energy saving strategy, and to identify new opportunities for savings. In addition, the building engineers have integrated ongoing recommissioning into the building’s preventative maintenance program to ensure the building is continuously operated in the most efficient manner possible.

Those improvements, an essential portion of the property’s long-term financial strategy, include, but are not limited to, the following:

--Contracting with the local utility provider for District Cooling Services. District cooling delivers chilled water as cold as 35 degrees to the building. The colder water allows the HVAC units to cool more efficiently, which allows the air handler’s VFDs to reduce the fan loads, which reduces building electrical consumption. The District Cooling system eliminates the requirement to operate the building’s less efficient chiller plant;

--Installation of a state of the art Tridium AX building automation system;

--Replacement of the building’s domestic water pump station with an appropriately sized, VFD-operated assembly;

--Installation of VFDs on all of the building’s supply and return air fans;

--Retrofit of the building’s pneumatic HVAC controls with DDC technology in conjunction with tenant finish construction;

--Replacement of the building’s aging convenience power transformers and floor distribution systems with new, energy efficient, aluminum alloy transformers, new electrical distribution panels, lighting controls and sub-meters in conjunction with tenant finish construction;

--Retrofit of the building’s T-8/electronic ballast lighting technology with T-5 and LED lighting technologies in conjunction with tenant finish construction;

--Installation of a 600-ton flat plate heat exchanger that allows the property to utilize tower free cooling in up to 70 degree outdoor temperatures.

In addition to capital improvements to the building’s operating systems, the building is completing a retro-commissioning of the building operating systems. That retro-commissioning will provide a list of low cost / no cost system modifications and operational practice adjustments that will help to further reduce the building’s utility consumption. No cost adjustments will be implemented during 2013 with the low cost investments being budgeted for implementation during the first quarter of 2014.






Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Cushman and Wakefield of Colorado, Inc.- 555 17th or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Cushman and Wakefield of Colorado, Inc.- 555 17th

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
1999 (79)
2002 (80)
2004 (85)
2005 (88)
2006 (88)
2007 (92)
2008 (92)
2009 (93)
2010 (94)
2011 (90)
2012 (87)
2013 (89)
2014 (84)
2015 (88)
2016 (92)
2017 (92)

Facility Type: Office

Total Floorspace: 804403 sf

Year Constructed: 1978

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant