Highland's Village Garden

Green Features
Highlands’ Garden Village (HGV) is a mixed-use, transit oriented village in the middle of one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods, and an early example of the use of extensive green building techniques.

The single family homes exceed the Colorado’s Built Green and Energy Star programs’ requirements. All of the buildings incorporate recycled materials, low VOC products, energy efficient windows and more. The landscaping consists of water-conserving native plants and special efforts were made to keep many of the site’s existing trees. The historic carousel building was kept and is being ‘reused’ as an outdoor pavilion. The historic theatre is being renovated to one day be a community resource and, once again, a center for performing arts. All of the community buildings are powered with alternative energy sources.

Green development begins by developing in the right location. Highlands’ Garden Village is located in inner city Denver, within minutes from downtown. The village is woven into the city’s existing road, water and sewer network. By utilizing infrastructure investments, this 27-acre urban site provides an alternative to the development of more than 100 Greenfield acres.

Residents are able to take an easy bus ride to downtown and walk to the neighborhood retail area, therefore encouraging alternative methods of transportation.

During demolition of the amusement park rides and buildings, materials were recycled and reused. The multi-family and senior apartments include recycled construction materials and products, and use Wind Source Generated Electricity.

The spirit of responsible development is embodied in Highlands’ Garden Village.


  • Reuse of an inner city vacated, 27-acre infill site
  • Reuse of existing city water, sewer and storm water infrastructure surrounding the site
  • Reuse of existing street grids integrating existing neighborhood and new development
  • Renovation of 100 year old historic Elitch Theater for community cultural and events center
  • Carousel house transformed into a community performance and gathering pavilion
  • 30 tons of concrete from former site crushed and reused as road base
  • Permeable parking surfaces
  • Detention swales to reduce the size and discharge of detention ponds
  • Xeriscape tree lawns and water conserving vegetation


  • High Flyash Content Concrete: Flyash is a by-product of coal fired power plants. Using this by-product diverts the waste from being dumped into landfills and provides a stronger, more water resistant concrete
  • High efficiency HVAC units
  • Recycled and Recyclable Carpet and Padding
  • Recycled Content Kitchen and Bath Flooring
  • Natural Cork Flooring in Health Rooms
  • Low VOC paints and sealants
  • High-performance windows
  • Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Water-conserving plumbing
  • Solar photovoltaic sun shades and rooftop arrays


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Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence: The Americas, 2007
International Economic Development Council Excellence in Economic Development Award, 2006
US Environmental Protection Agency, Smart Growth Achievement Award, 2005
US Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Excellence Award, 2003


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