Lakewood Commons

A young community, Lakewood was incorporated in 1969. Now the fourth-largest city in the state, the lack of a “city center” was recognized as a void by elected officials and residents alike. A partnership was forged between the city and a developer to provide a lively new downtown with retail, cultural and municipal facilities all in one location.

In addition to master planning the 271,750-s.f. Lakewood Commons campus with civic administration, cultural, outdoor festival and retail uses, BRS also completed a space needs study to consolidate all city departments under one roof. A festival plaza over structured parking allows convenient access and provides a central place for city events and daily business. The City Hall creates a friendly customer access along the plaza street and greets people inside a central lobby.

The Lakewood Cultural Center, which faces the Lakewood Municipal Complex, combines a 250-seat theater and box office, arts classrooms, a gallery and conference center around an atrium lobby and celebrates activities both inside and on the plaza.

“Working alongside BRS folks are [sic] among my fondest memories of time at the City of Lakewood,” reflected former Deputy City Manager Jim Zelenski.

Project at a Glance


Lakewood, Colorado


  • OPUS Northwest, LLC
  • City of Lakewood


$20 Million


271,750 s.f.



Awards & Features

2000 Award of Excellence in Design, American Concrete Institute Rocky Mountain Chapter

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