Saunders Tops Off New DaVita Headquarters in Denver
DENVER, Colo. (November 14, 2011) – On November 10th, the employees of DaVita and Saunders Construction held a "topping off" ceremony for the new headquarters of the kidney care company by placing the final beam on the north corner of the 256,400 square-foot 14-story high structure in Denver’s Central Platte Valley, just west of historic LoDo (Lower Downtown). The ceremony celebrated the completion of the highest part of the building, which was designed by MOA Architecture.
The completed facility will accommodate almost 1,000 workers and will serve as a training site for the company, a program it calls "DaVita University." The new headquarters will incorporate many features promoting the company’s "team" culture. This includes: roof top exterior terraces, four interior seasonal gardens, a top level marketplace, community spaces, large employee training area, and a student union. In addition, the top floor and corners will be devoted as employee spaces, not private offices.
"It’s appropriate to celebrate the end of this phase of the construction process with our great team, as it’s their hard work that has successfully brought us to this point," said Greg Schmidt, President of Saunders Construction. As of the topping off ceremony, more than 34 million pounds of concrete have been used on the structure. In addition 17,370 tons of reinforcing steel has been installed. A Douglas-fir tree was also placed at the top of the structure. This is a tradition that symbolizes that the project has proceeded well, without injury, and serves as a symbol of good luck moving forward. DaVita plans to open the new headquarters in July of 2012.
Photo courtesy of Eric Vogel, MOA ARCHITECTURE.