Ball Corporation in Broomfield

U.S. 36 midpoint has changing face

BROOMFIELD — Whether it’s companies seeking to take advantage of a location that’s close to both Boulder’s research labs and Denver’s corporate connections, or young families looking to move into a larger home in a quality school district, Broomfield is working to have the answers.

Its location made commercial and residential growth inevitable for Broomfield, which declared its independence from Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld counties in 2001 and formed its own consolidated city and county.

Northern Colorado-based McWhinney is developing Baseline Center Street, formerly called North Park, 932 acres of land within the Anthem neighborhood. The developer envisions a 20- to 40-year buildout of commercial projects, including an applied research center. The residential portion of Anthem is slated to include up to 3,100 homes. Another McWhinney development, the Baseline Innovation District, will be host to Lightship, the electric RV company, which leased 32,000 square feet to house its pilot manufacturing operations starting this year for the Lightship L1, an aerodynamic, solar and battery-powered travel trailer.

Much of the work in Broomfield is taking place at Arista, the transit-oriented mixed-use development near the southeast quadrant of U.S. Highway 36 and Wadsworth Parkway. New luxury apartments, new Class A office buildings, a new UCHealth hospital and new corporate headquarters are sprouting up in Broomfield as well.

With a second-to-none location, commercial and residential growth was inevitable for Broomfield.

Broomfield has seen two major changes over the past year.

One is the demolition of the Broomfield Event Center, formally known as the 1stBank Center. Owned by the Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority, it opened in November 2008 as a multi-purpose entertainment and sports arena. It hosted minor league hockey and basketball, ice shows, concerts and other community events, but never approached the number of estimated annual events for which it was constructed.

The other is the new name and new owner for Ball Aerospace. The new company is called Space and Mission Systems. BAE Systems PLC, a British arms, security and aerospace company, closed the $5.5 billion acquisition of Ball Aerospace from Ball Corp. on Feb. 16.

The Interlocken Advanced Technology Environment is the area’s primary office park, with a variety of real estate on 900 acres. It’s home to the headquarters of Vail Resorts Inc., and Webroot Software Inc. Oracle Corp. has a major facility in Broomfield. The business park also includes two four-star hotels and a 27-hole championship golf course.

Crocs Inc. creator of foam-like clogs and casual footwear, moved its headquarters from Niwot to Broomfield in order to double its existing footprint and invest in the brand’s future. Nuventra, a consulting firm for the pharmaceutical biotech industry, expanded its Broomfield location, and Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources Inc. moved its headquarters to Broomfield from Golden.

FlatIron Crossing and Main Street at FlatIron provide Broomfield with mall shopping, big-box stores and dining opportunities.

Broomfield has next-door access to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County, with corporate jet services. The National Center for Atmospheric Research facility there supports scientific research in Colorado and around the world.