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w Office space for Goodwill Industries and the Metro Denver Homeless
The organization’s vision dictated the facility’s design, said Joseph Lear, associ-
ate principal at Davis Partnership Architects.
“At the beginning, Christine said, ‘I don’t know what the building will look like,
but I do know that when someone walks into it, I want them to feel like they’re not
walking into our business—they’re walking into our mission and they automatically
feel a part of it,’” said Lear. “That was our charge. We needed to create a workspace that supported the programs they have. Their old building was cut up with a
lot of private offices, and they wanted to change that and have a physical environment that matched their mission. They needed a building that was open, inviting,
filled with natural light, and conducive to their culture.”
The building truly embodies MHUW’s principles of openness, connection, and
inclusivity, said Benero.
“If you’re going to unite folks to solve these very complex problems, you need
a space where everyone feels welcome—whether you’re a corporate business
leader or someone who perhaps slept in a park last night,” she explained. “As of
today, we’ve had over 15,000 community members pass through this building.
Not a day goes by where it doesn’t just buzz. We have a place where everyone
can come together.”
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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT INSET The Mile High United
Way unites its community to solve issues, and
the design of its new facility champions that
goal. "The building has integrated our staff and
helped provide absolute clarity that we are all
part of a bigger vision," said MHUW President
and CEO Christine Benero.