Denver Tech Center Denver Colorado (USA)
The Denver Tech Center (DTC) is located at the foot of the picturesque Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado. Although one of the country's premier business parks, the DTC was designed as a mixed-use development that encourages a high-quality, work/life balance for employees with respect to the revered ecosystem.
Popular legend traces the roots of the DTC back to 1962 when Denver businessman George Wallace bought a new car and parked it outside of his downtown office. When he left work for the evening, he went out to get into his pristine vehicle and noticed that the paint had been scratched. Right then and there, he vowed to move his business to an area with plenty of parking.
Wallace purchased 40 acres of land in the suburbs, southeast of Denver. Until the early '60s, the suburbs were primarily developed for residential use. Determined to work in a more spacious atmosphere, Wallace built his business on the outskirts of town. Successfully blending his commercial endeavor among single-family homes in bucolic neighborhoods, Wallace embarked on his vision of developing the remainder of his land into a place where people could live closer to where they worked.
Cable television pioneers, Bill Daniels and John C. Malone, are also credited with founding the DTC in the early 1970s. Each brought cable technologies to the Denver area, many of which are still in use today. Malone headquartered the leading cable television giant, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), at the DTC in 1973, where it still operates, today.
The DTC was designed by architect Carl A. Worthington. Built along a fiber optic line, his planned, mixed-use community has grown from Wallace's initial 40-acre parcel to encompass over 900 acres. Mostly office space, apartments, condominiums, single-family homes, restaurants, and shops connected by an efficient transit system and operated with an eco-friendly infrastructure, DTC exists and thrives among and in cooperation with the natural resources and breathtaking scenery in its midst.
Approximately 40 percent of residents in the Denver Metropolitan area hold a bachelor's degree or higher. This gives Denver the distinction of having the third-highest, educated workforce in the U.S. According to a National Science Foundation study, Colorado places eighth in the nation of those holding science and engineering doctorates.
Over 1,000 companies call the DTC home. Although media and communications companies, such as AT&T, Clear Channel, DirectTV, United Artists Cable, and United Cablevision, maintain large operations at the DTC, other high-tech industries are establishing a significant presence.
Job openings in sectors such as aerospace, biotech, energy, and information technology are rapidly increasing as corporations such as Agilent, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, and Oracle set up operations at the DTC. Currently, it is estimated that over 35,000 people work at the DTC.
Conveniently located at the junction of I-25 and I-225, the DTC is easily accessible to all parts of metropolitan Denver. The DTC is positioned southeast of downtown Denver, just a 15-minute drive away.
Keeping in line with the initial principles that the DTC be created with preservation and co-existence of the surrounding natural landscape in mind, much of the public infrastructure is located underground or camouflaged to blend in with the organic environment. For example, while ample parking is available, most of the lots are hidden underground.
Several measures are in place to alleviate traffic congestion and its detrimental impact on the well-being of residents, DTC employees and the ecosystem. The importance of using public transportation on a regular basis is emphasized and encouraged. A complex, user-friendly bus network, the Regional Transportation District (RTD), serves the DTC and the Denver metro area. Throughout the work week, there are 375 regular and express bus routes running to, from and within the DTC each day. Most regular buses make stops or transfers in downtown Denver.
To supplement the commuter buses, the RTC runs an internal shuttle bus system throughout the DTC. The shuttle connects office buildings with alternate transit options, area restaurants hotels and parking facilities.
The Denver International Airport (DIA) is a 30-minute drive from the DTC. RTD maintains an express bus service, SkyRide, which operates around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days per year. SkyRide stops are located throughout Denver, with several stations present throughout the DTC.