Strengthening Community with Environmental Responsibility

The Canyons | Castle Pines, Colorado

Land Development - Civil Engineering, Land Surveying, Natural Resources

The Canyons is a master-planned sustainable community encompassing over 3,300 acres just outside Denver. The development provides all the conveniences of a community at hand while respecting nature and the environment. When complete, it will accommodate 2,500 dwelling units, 270 acres of mixed-use, 110 acres of parks and schools, and 1,400 acres of open space. Nearly a third of the community is dedicated to parks, trails, and amenity space. A key project objective was to preserve the natural landscape and seamlessly integrate the development into the topography.

Site features include a community farm, open space preservation, low-impact development strategies, LEED-certified community facilities, and extensive recreational opportunities. The project’s initial phase included the backbone of the community—public infrastructure for over 1,000 single-family detached homes, collector and arterial roadways, regional detention/water quality facilities, bridges and roundabouts, storm and sanitary sewer, and water systems.

CORE addressed multiple drainage issues by creating a master drainage study with subsequent drainage reports, designs, and construction drawings for the related stormwater facilities applying low impact development (LID) design concepts. The water and sanitary sewer main incorporate extensions to the property from the Parker Water and Sanitation District’s existing facilities, including a 30” transmission waterline, three on-site sanitary sewer lift stations, and sanitary sewer force and gravity mains. Roadway design to support the community’s sustainable goals dictated that CORE work within the context of the natural topography preserving as much vegetation as possible.

In addition to providing affordable housing through multi-family projects in the development, there will also be tremendous economic benefit through the addition of more than one million square feet of commercial retail space contributing to the tax base for the City.

Project Highlights
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Low Impact Development (LID) Designed
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110 Acres of Parks/Schools
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1,880 Acres Master Planned
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Sustainably Designed to Maintain Natural Topography
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