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Union Station: The Platform Final Update

The Platform at Union Station was always a special project to me. At the time of its announcement, The Platform, developed by Holland Partner Group, was the tallest project I would be following for the next couple of years, along with being the largest new project in the neighborhood. Nowadays, projects like The Confluence, 1144 Fifteenth, and SkyHouse Denver are quite taller, but The Platform will always be the first 20+ story project I followed extensively for DenverInfill.

We had quite a bit of coverage on the 21-story, 240 foot, 288-unit apartment project. Since this started right as Union Station was booming, it’s a great journey to see it go up alongside the evolving neighborhood.

Check out our previous posts:

New Union Station Project: 1650 Wewatta [Announcement]

Union Station: 1650 Wewatta Update #1 [Excavation Commenced]

Union Station: 1650 Wewatta Update #2 [Tower Crane Installed]

Union Station: The Platform Update #3 [Structure at Street-level]

Union Station: The Platform Update #4 [6-stories]

Union Station: The Platform Update #5 [11-stories & New Facade]

Union Station: The Platform Update #6 [New On the Skyline]

Union Station: The Platform Update #7 [18-stories & New Glass]

Union Station: The Platform Update #8 [Topped Out]

This final update is going to be a little bit different than our others. Instead of running out and photographing the project in a single day, I have a collection of photos, taken over the past year, where The Platform has made its mark. Not only do these photos feature the finished product, it also shows how positively it impacts our everyday views.

If you’re taking a stroll down the 17th Street Gardens, it’s very hard to miss the white facade and blue glass featured on The Platform.

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At eye level, the Union Station neighborhood has some great dense urban qualities.


Cleverly named, The Platform sits right next to the Commuter Rail canopy. It will feature ground floor retail along 17th Avenue and has a mountain themed work of art tucked away against the platform itself.

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From the Lower Highlands, it stands out on Denver’s skyline. Thank you Ken for access to the great view in the second picture!

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There are two components to this project: a 13-story and 21-story structure. You can see the step up from the front of Union Station.


The 18th Street pedestrian bridge has always given us great views of The Platform. Here is one last look before it gets covered up by its neighbor, Pivot.


Let’s wrap up this post with some aerials. As these were not shot specifically for The Platform, you can get a sense that this project has great scale and massing while making a very positive impact in the Union Station neighborhood.


Can you spot it in these last two aerials?


Welcome to the Denver Union Station neighborhood!

New River North Project: Industry Denver Apartments

In yesterday’s post about Phase III of the Industry Denver development that’s adding structured parking and additional office space to the popular RiNo co-working hub, we mentioned a multi-family residential component would be coming soon. That is the focus of this post.

The Industry Denver master plan envisions two main residential components: apartments to the northeast of the historic Industry Denver building and townhomes to the northwest. We’ll cover the townhomes in a future post when details become available. Today, however, we have preliminary information about the apartments; the site is outlined in the aerial photo below:


Lynd Company is planning a 9-story apartment building on a 1.82-acre parcel that will include a total of 277 residential units. The base of the structure will consist of three floors of structured parking for 351 vehicle spaces and several townhome units facing Brighton Boulevard. Six floors of apartments will rise above the parking base to a total height of 95 feet.

This first rendering, courtesy of Lynd Company and their project architect, Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, shows the southeast (Brighton Boulevard) and northeast sides of the proposed structure. The historic Industry Denver building is visible at far left. The project’s blonde brick is a nice complement to its historic neighbor.


In this second rendering, courtesy of Axis Vu Design (3D visualization experts) and Valerian (landscape architecture and urban design), we see the private drive that will separate the Industry Denver Apartments from the historic building:


Industry Denver Apartments is currently in development review with the Denver planning office, so there’s the possibility that some of the project’s design elements may change. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.

River North: Industry Phase III Update #1

Industry Denver is the creative-tech co-working office community housed within a converted 1939 blonde-brick produce warehouse in Denver’s hot RiNo district on the edge of Downtown. The 120,000-square foot building provides 80,000 square feet of office space, several restaurants, and plenty of common areas for workers. We covered Industry’s adaptive reuse Phases I and II over at DenverUrbanism last November.

With this DenverInfill post is our first update on Phase III, which is Industry’s first new-construction component. Phase III includes an additional 72,000 square feet of office space on the lower two levels, with three floors of structured parking above holding 300 vehicle spaces. The new 5-story concrete structure runs the length of the historic building and two portals will connect the old and new buildings on the inside. Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the outline of Industry Phase III:


Let’s take a look at construction progress. Here’s a view of the 29th Street side showing the first two floors of office with three levels of parking above:


This is the northeast end closer to 31st Street. The parking lot in the foreground will be developed into multi-family housing (a blog post on that is coming very soon!):


Industry Denver Phase III should be complete by Spring 2016.

New La Alma/Lincoln Park Project: Denver Health Support Services

Denver Health has been busy expanding and modernizing their campus over the past decade and that progress continues with their new Support Services building located at 601 Broadway.

The Denver Health Support Services building will be a 9-story structure at the corner of 6th Avenue and Broadway. Previously occupying the 1-acre site were a surface parking lot and a small office building that were demolished this past summer. Here’s the project location:


Anchoring this busy intersection soon will be a 137-foot tall office tower that consolidates numerous administrative and support functions for Denver Health into one building. The new Support Services building will provide approximately 180,000 square feet of office space on six levels (Floors 4 – 9) and about 6,000 square feet of retail and lobby space on the ground floor. Vehicle parking will be provided by 257 spaces located on three levels: all of Floors 2 – 3 and a third level that’s roughly half underground and half ground-floor. Thirty bicycle parking spaces will be included.

Below is a rendering of the development, courtesy of project architect Davis Partnership:


Construction started in October and the project is slated for completion in early 2017.

New River North Project: Catalyst

Catalyst is a full-block “Health-Tech Innovation” project in Denver’s River North district planned for Brighton Boulevard between 35th and 36th Streets. At build-out, Catalyst will include approximately 300,000 square feet of office and retail space in two buildings. Here’s the site:


Developed by Koelbel and Company, Mike Biselli and Larry Burgess, the first phase of Catalyst consists of 180,000 square feet of collaborative office space intended for health-care technology companies and other innovative organizations. Two preliminary renderings of Phase 1 are below, courtesy of project architect, The Beck Group:

Brighton Boulevard (foreground) with 35th Street on the left:


35th Street (foreground) with Brighton Boulevard on the right:


If all goes as planned, Phase 1 of Catalyst will be complete by Fall 2017.

Five Points-Curtis Park: 2460 Welton Update #3

Let’s swing on over to the booming Five Points – Curtis Park neighborhood, where a lot of residential units are going up along the Welton Corridor. 2460 Welton Street is a mixed 14-unit townhome/84-unit apartment project that will be providing a total of 98 units to the neighborhood.

2460 Welton, designed by Craine Architecture, features a great curved corner treatment, mimicking buildings such as the historic Rossonian. This project is officially topped out at 5 stories and we should see the facade going up any time now.

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The historic Welton Corridor is great for so many reasons. One of them is the incredibly easy light-rail access to get to Central Downtown making this a very well connected neighborhood!

New River North Project: 35th and Larimer Apartments

A new 66-unit apartment project is under construction at the corner of 35th and Larimer in Denver’s booming RiNo district.

Developed by Littleton Capital Partners, the new apartment community (which may be called Link 35, based on a sign at the site) will consist of a three-story building that features about 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The project’s 0.86-acre site is outlined on the Google Earth aerial below:


Ten of the development’s 66 units will be 330-square foot microhousing units. According to city documents, the project also includes 67 vehicle parking spaces (56 for residents and 11 for commercial uses) and 26 bicycle parking spaces located on the alley side of the ground floor. Parking access will be from the alley.

Here are two renderings, courtesy of the project designer, Humphries Poli Architects.

View of the 35th and Larimer corner:


Larimer Street elevation:


We stopped by the site recently and took a few photos showing the project’s construction status:



The 35th and Larimer Apartments will be only four blocks from RTD’s 38th and Blake rail station and just two blocks from the new 35th Street pedestrian bridge the city is building that will connect the east and west sides of RiNo over the railroad tracks.

The 35th and Larimer Apartments is scheduled to be complete by summer 2016.

River North: Larimer Row Update #1

In January 2015 we reported that a new 28-unit row home project near 34th and Larimer, known as Larimer Row, was coming to Denver’s RiNo district.

Construction is moving along! The first phase of 14 row homes is mostly completed and the next phase is underway:



According to the Larimer Row website, all 28 units have closed or are under contract. Phase 2 should be complete in 2016.