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Reports from along the Line: 'Washington, D.C. West'

The W Line stops at Second Place and Routt Street, which is near the Denver Federal Center, a major employment hub in the western suburbs.

Denver Federal CenterThe Denver Federal Center, Lakewood, Colo.

The Denver Federal Center in Lakewood is part of the General Services Administration (GSA), and is home to about 6,000 federal employees.

It houses 28 different agencies in 44 buildings, making it the largest concentration of federal agencies outside of Washington, D.C. In addition to the GSA, major employers include the U.S. Department of the Interior, and its Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Geological Survey.


One interesting aspect at the Federal Center is that Building 710 is an underground bunker designed to withstand a nuclear blast. The Army Corps of Engineers
Building 710 at the Denver Federal Center was built as an underground bunker to withstand nuclear attack. It is now on the national register of historic places.Building 710 at the Denver Federal Center
completed its construction in 1969. The building was to be the base for federal operations in the event of a nuclear attack, and was designed to house 300 people for up to 30 days.

On Aug. 2, 2000, the structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was chosen for its connection to Cold War history and its architectural significance. Today Building 710 houses the Region VIII Office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 


Also, this station offers riders easy access to St. Anthony Hospital (previously St. Anthony Central Hospital). The hospital is part of Colorado's largest health care system: the Centura Health Network.

St. Anthony Hospital Flight for Life helicopterFlight for Life, St. Anthony Hospital
Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1892, the original building was erected in the 1940s on Colfax Avenue. The hospital moved to its current 30-acre campus in 2009.


Also of interest is the hospital's famous Flight for Life emergency helicopter service, which began in 1972, and was the nation's first airborne ambulance service. In addition, the nation's first emergency medical technician and paramedic academy was started in 1974 at St. Anthony Central.  
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