Integral to our purpose of creating great places for people is our commitment to building sustainable communities that thrive in both the built and natural environments. More than shops, businesses and homes, McWHINNEY communities are designed to connect people to nature and each other while protecting important habitat and wildlife corridors.

Rangeview Three, a LEED certified Class A office building. 86% construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

Motorplex at Centerra includes energy-efficient buildings, lighting, automated door systems and low water landscaping.

Loveland Thompson School District partner with McWHINNEY and HPEC to develop sustainable curriculum and green practices within local STEAM school.

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra incorporated compost into the park that was recycled construction waste from other Centerra projects.

One of the cornerstones of our commitment to sustainability is the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), a not-for-profit organization responsible for protecting 275 acres of Centerra’s lakes, wetlands and open space. Formed in 2001 through a partnership with McWHINNEY and McStain Neighborhoods, the HPEC offers educational programs for the community and support to local developers, planners and consultants on sustainable design.


Centerra and Van de Water, two McWHINNEY master-planned communities, were designed to offer pedestrian-oriented walking trails, open space, buffer areas, roundabouts and mass transit stops.

Medical Center of the Rockies, a 136-bed cardiac and trauma specialty Gold LEED hospital in Centerra, opened as one of only two LEED certified hospitals in the U.S. in 2007

Roads and surrounding infrastructure are built with materials such as fly ash, a coal power plant byproduct and reused asphalt.

Environmentally-friendly supplies, such as water-based paints and CFL light bulbs, are used on campus in addition to regular energy-efficient maintenance and audits completed on each building.

At McWHINNEY, we believe that sustainability is a journey of continuous improvement in reducing waste and energy use and in utilizing more sustainable building practices.

McWHINNEY commissioned The Brendle Group and Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment to facilitate a company-wide action plan for sustainability. Adopted in 2007, the plan aligned McWHINNEY’s core values with a triple bottom line of People, Planet and Profit. The action plan sets forth a path toward achieving measurable levels of sustainable development practices both internally and within our communities.

Dark sky lighting is incorporated into our buildings to prevent light and noise disruption to the natural habitat that feeds, sleeps and lives within our communities.

Distinct and colorful landscape at Centerra features native and drought-tolerant plants that are irrigated using ‘weather’ sensitive stations.

High Plains Environmental Center’s Community Garden produces thousands of pound of food each year to be donated back into the local community.

Electric vehicle charging stations can be found throughout the Centerra community for visitors and residents to re-charge their EV’s.