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One Of Our Core Real Estate Development Beliefs Is Sustainability

At McWHINNEY, we are committed to building sustainable communities that will thrive in both the natural and built environments. This is an important part of our purpose of creating great places for people to live, connect with each other and with nature, while respecting and safeguarding local wildlife habitats and corridors.

Our belief is that sustainability is a process of continual improvement of building practices, and reduction of energy consumption and waste.

Centerra and Van de Water are two McWHINNEY master-planned communities. Their design is pedestrian-centered, offering walking trails, open spaces, buffer areas, mass transit stops and roundabouts.

86% of construction waste was diverted from landfill during construction of Rangeview Three, a LEED Certified Class A office building.

Energy-efficient buildings and lighting, automated door systems and low-water landscaping are all features of Motorplex at Centerra.

Recycled construction waste from other local projects was incorporated in compost used to create Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra.

A cornerstone of the McWHINNEY commitment to sustainability is the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC). This nonprofit is responsible for protecting 275 acres of Centerra's open space, lakes and wetlands. HPEC leads educational community programs and provides support on sustainable design to local developers, planners and consultants, since its formation in 2001 in a partnership between McWHINNEY and McStain Neighborhoods.

McWHINNEY partners with HPEC and Loveland Thompson District School District to develop sustainable curriculum and environmental practices in local STEAM schools.

Reused asphalt and byproducts from coal power plants were used to build roads and other infrastructure at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Centarra, a 136-bed cardiac and trauma specialty hospital opened in 2007. CFL lighting, water based paints and other environmentally friendly supplies are used on the site, and regular audits and maintenance for energy efficiency are carried out on the buildings.

The Medical Center is a Gold LEED certified hospital, one of only two in the U.S. in 2007.


In 2007, McWHINNEY adopted a company-wide sustainability action plan. The plan sets a path to achieving and measuring practices in sustainable development both within McWHINNEY communities and internally. The action plan aligns McWHINNEY core values to a triple bottom line: People, Profit and Planet. Commissioned by McWHINNEY, the plan was facilitated by The Brendle Group and Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University. 

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