Development—Denver, Colorado

Highlands' Garden Village: Green Commons

Highlands' Garden Village Green Commons, the final phase of the community development, provides a model for new retail development that catalyzes revitalization along deteriorating commercial corridors. Developed by Jonathan Rose Companies' affiliate, Perry Rose, the project contains a total of 73,000 SF of commercial, retail and office space located in five buildings.

Completed in 2007, the project is anchored on the northwest corner by a 28,000 square foot building occupied by Sunflower Farmers Market, an affordable local natural food grocer committed to providing a healthy environment for its customers. As Sunflower Farmers Market's first newly constructed store, the building achieved the first LEED Gold certification for Core and Shell ever awarded to a super market.

Many sustainable practices were used in the building's construction including the use of recycled materials, water conserving fixtures and day-lighting controls. Posters and plaques are strategically distributed throughout the store to raise customer awareness of the many benefits of green building.

HGV Green Commons tenants include: Sunflower Farmers Market, 24 Hour Fitness, Highlands Family Physicians, Highlands Eyecare, Comfort Dental and Vida Chiropractic. The diverse tenant base contributes to a vibrant, healthy community to all residents of the economically diverse community and surrounding neighborhood. Other tenants of HGV Green Commons include: Revolution Cleaners; an environmentally friendly dry cleaner; Starbucks; Evolution Salon, an Aveda concept salon; and Highlands Fine Wine & Liquors.

Environmentally responsible features of the development include: permeable parking surfaces, drought tolerant plants, solar photo voltaic sun shades, low VOC paints, and low flow plumbing fixtures.

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“The planning, energy innovation and efficiency at Highlands' Garden Village provide a local model for economic growth and environmental sustainability that can happen all around the world.”

Lisa Jackson

EPA Administrator

Project Profile

Environmentally responsible retail/office building development

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Project Team
Landscape Architect:
Wenk Associates
MEP Engineer:
Hadji & Associates
Civil Engineer:
SA Miro, Inc.
Palace Construction
Project Status

Completion: 2007

Total Project Size / Budget
73,000 sq ft
$18 million