History Colorado Center (HCC) is a newly completed, state-of-the-art history museum in downtown Denver. This 198,000 square foot building replaced an aging facility a few blocks away. HCC center was rebuilt in order to offer the public more exhibits and opportunity to learn about the history of Colorado.
HCC was designed and built to be sustainable, earning LEED Gold Certification.
HCC is sustainable in a variety a ways. As the facility is located in the center of Denver, access to the HCC by public transit is very easy. A wide variety of bus routes serve the museum. The museum is within walking distance of housing, parks, restaurants, and a variety of other services.
HCC was built with locally obtained materials. The lobby ceiling was finished with Beatle-Kill pine. Incorporating Beatle-Kill pine made use of an attractive wood and provided a market for a locally sourced product. Other locally sourced materials consist of Douglas fir logs (for benches), and Colorado Sandstone (for admission counters& interior stairwell walls).
In the middle of the museum, a large map of Colorado is integrated into the terrazzo floor. The terrazzo is comprised of recycled bottle glass.
As well as recyclable materials, rapidly-renewable materials, such as bamboo, are widely used throughout the building.
Natural lighting is integrated into the design of the building. The 4-story atrium in the middle of the museum, where the Colorado map is located, is fully day-lit. The ticketing area and restaurant is also day-lit.
HCC has an extensive awareness and education program. The “Green Trail” at the museum informs visitors about the sustainable features incorporated into the building.