2005 Helsinki International Sustainability Award Winner

The redevelopment of 4,700 acres of a former airport in the heart of a major city requires expertly planned infrastructure. Matrix has served as an integral component of the Stapleton redevelopment team since the project began in 1999. 

Stapleton is the largest urban infill project in the nation and emphasizes city living and urban design within a transit oriented development framework. Matrix provided overall infrastructure planning and programming consulting services to the City and County of Denver, Park Creek Metro District, and Forest City Stapleton and continues work at Stapleton today.

Matrix is currently working on a number of subdivisions within the development, including providing creative solutions designed to enable the developer to build infrastructure on an as-needed basis while simultaneously meeting immediate market-driven demands.  This is being achieved by phasing the project via the development of standalone infrastructure that can be integrated into the overall development infrastructure at the appropriate time.

Matrix also leads the effort on the water resource solutions at Stapleton and was the prime consultant for the award winning Westerly Creek stream restoration project. Through a hybrid of stormwater engineering and an ecology-driven approach at Westerly Creek, Matrix aided in the design of an innovative stormwater conveyance system that demonstrates the mechanics and biological function of a natural creek channel while creating sustainable benefit to the urban wildlife and residents of the Stapleton community and surrounding environs.

Additional major infrastructure design provided by Matrix includes Martin Luther King and Central Park Boulevards; Havana and Spruce Streets; 26th, 29th, 35th, and 49th Avenues; and Smith Road.

Matrix provides guidance on the transit, bike, and pedestrian connections to parks, open space, neighborhoods, and employment centers which are central to the design fabric of all Stapleton-related improvements.

As part of the program management team, Matrix prepared the Version E cost model for Forest City and assisted in the formation of special districts for the Stapleton project. Matrix continues to provide updated financial budgets and forecasts as the program continues to develop.

Services provided:

  • Program Management
  • Infrastructure Master Planning and Design
  • Site Planning and Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cost Modeling and Value Engineering
  • Roadway and Utility System Design
  • Entitlement Coordination
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Land Surveying
  • Construction Management
  • Environmental Consulting and Permitting