Traer Creek Plaza


LEED CERTIFIED…with a focus on environmental stewardship and design

Traer Creek Plaza was designed by the Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, and has won the Gold Hard Hat award for mixed-use project. Rather than take on the conventional and less aesthetically pleasing L shaped building, Arthur found inspiration in hills surrounding the building, believing that a building need not be restricted by the conventions of design. The result was a fantastic semicircular building that both office tenants and retail tenants could call home. The roof, rather than having the conventional rubber based membrane, is composed of sedum, a vegetation native to the tough climate of the mountains. From above, the building’s roof blends into the landscape and takes on the shape of another hill.

Traer Creek Plaza is a mixed-use building, with approximately 26,000 square feet of leasable retail space on the first floor, and about 18,000 square feet of leasable office space on the second floor. Due to a desire to avoid columns on the second floor, the roof system has been designed with a double gluelam and steel arch which suspends the roof. The roof has been designed to actually be able to move to adjust to the wind and other elements of nature, which is no small engineering feat. Another interesting aspect of the building is its floating stairs in the main lobby. These stairs are supported by a central stringer that acts like a truss between floors. Cables are attached at each end of the landing to reduce deflections.

On top of its award winning architectural design, the Plaza was designed to be a sustainable and energy efficient building. Elements include: the use of glass to maximize the amount of daylight to reduce power consumption; natural ventilation through a raised floor cooling and heating system; as well as the plantation of xeric landscaping and a highly efficient boiler system. On premise are showers for people who choose to bike to work and save energy themselves.

Traer Creek Plaza aspires to set an example for all projects in the Valley by being environmentally responsible.

To learn more about current office and retail space to lease, contact Erich Schmidt at NAI Mountain Commercial: or 970.306.0313.