MCA Denver, Denver's museum of contemporary art, is located at a busy intersection in the city's downtown. A work of art itself, the 27,000-square-foot museum—which was designed by David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, London, and completed in 2008—houses five galleries, as well as a store, café, live art and lecture hall, research art library and Idea Box education center.
When MCA Denver commissioned Adjaye in 2006, he was asked to design a building that would support the museum's mission and demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.
The museum was designed to incorporate various energy-efficiency and sustainability features, including, among other features, a double-skin façade covering 50 percent of the building's exterior wall; a mechanical system integrated with the façade to minimize space cooling and duct work; an indirect-direct evaporative cooling system; a modulating water flow system to control humidity levels; and a radiant floor system to provide space heating. Another sustainable building element incorporated into MCA Denver is a rooftop deck with various vegetative roof systems, as well as a café, outdoor patio and bar.
In 2007, M.A. Mortenson Co., Denver, was hired as the general contractor for MCA Denver's construction. The company asked Black Roofing Inc., Boulder, Colo., with which it has a longstanding relationship, to install MCA Denver's roof systems.