Edgewater Civic Center


  • The civic center is home to city offices, the police department, a municipal library and a fitness center
  • IMPs provided the ability to do the entire enclosure using predominantly one material
  • KarrierPanels gave the exterior skin a sophisticated look

The new Edgewater Civic Center, located in Walker Branch Park, was constructed with a budget of $13 million, including $3 million that came from tax revenue from the city’s cannabis sales to put toward the project’s total cost.

The building includes a 6,000-square-foot fitness center, 8,000-square-foot gymnasium, 10,000-square-foot library, 6,000-square-foot police department and 10,000-square-foot administrative offices and public meeting space as well as a foyer and atrium space.

Completion Date:
November 2018
Edgewater, Colorado, USA
RATIO Architects
General Contrator:
Alliance Construction
Rigid Global Building Systems
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The design team from RATIO Architects faced two significant challenges with the new civic center: fit several different entities – each with unique needs - into one building with limited space and still keep the project under budget. The city also wanted a highly-efficient building with a focus on sustainability.

When searching for the best materials to use for this building, the architects found that insulated metal panels allowed the ability to do the entire enclosure using predominately one material, while also providing an energy-efficient and cost-efficient approach. The metal panels also provided a modern, sophisticated look as an exterior skin on the building.


Metal played a key role in meeting these challenges. To save thousands of dollars, the design team used a pre-engineered metal building system. Using IMPs also addressed sustainable design initiatives, as the panels used are GREENGUARD Gold Certified.
The Edgewater Civic Center uses the KarrierPanel Barrier Wall System, a universal wall barrier alternative to traditional multi-component wall systems. The panels serve as a rainscreen and allow designers the flexibility to utilize any number of facades, which connect to the KarrierPanel by Kingspan’s KarrierRail, which securely and safely transmits loads to the structural supports behind the insulated panel.
“The panels provided us the ability to do a two-story gym, skin the entire enclosure using predominately one material, and allowed us a very energy-efficient and cost-efficient approach.”

Dennis Humphries
Principal, Denver Studio Leader
RATIO Architects


At first, city officials weren’t sold on the use of metal in the design of the civic center, thinking it would give the building an industrial look. However, once they saw the different colors and textures the design team was going to use, their concerns went away.
Design materials include Kingspan insulated metal panels, fiber cement panels and fiber cement planks that provide different looks and textures. Regardless of the façade materials, the KarrierPanel is there to provide a high level of energy efficiency by eliminating thermal-bridging energy losses associated with standard stud/cavity insulation construction.

A community center, office and space for local residents to gather, the Edgewater Civic Center was created to stand the test of time.

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