Winter 2007-2008 Downtown Denver Crane Census

Our last Downtown Denver Crane Censuswas on Labor Day 2007, about five months ago. At that time, we had 10 tower cranes in Downtown at 9 different project sites. Projects that dropped from our list since the last census are 816 Acoma (which had 2 cranes) and RiverClay.Since then we’ve gained 7 new cranes at 5 new project sites, giving us a total of 14 tower cranes at 12 different sites in Downtown Denver. Here they are in no particular order:

1900 16th Street:

1515 Wynkoop:

Four Seasons:

1200 Elati:

One Lincoln Park:


1755 Blake:

Zi Lofts:

Denver Justice Center:

1400 Wewatta:


2101 Market:

Here are a couple of bonus photos. View down Blake Street with, from front to back, SugarCube, 1755 Blake, and Zi Lofts:

View of the LoDo/CPV with, from left to right, 1400 Wewatta, 1900 Sixteenth, and 1515 Wynkoop:

I’ll do the next Downtown Denver Crane Census in another five months—July—just before the Democratic National Convention. Have we peaked or can we do even better in July?

By | 2013-11-13T09:19:22+00:00 February 9, 2008|Categories: Skyline|Tags: , , |12 Comments


  1. E February 9, 2008 at 1:32 pm


    There is actually one more construction crane downtown, albeit not a tower crane. The uptown building at 14th and Wynkoop also has a ground based crane. I have wondered why the contractor decided not to use a tower crane. Perhaps because of the proximity of the tower crane for the building next door.

    Bob Hayes

  2. Anonymous February 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    The crane for the Zi Lofts was being dismantled this morning.

  3. Matt Pizzuti February 9, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Who would you rather have come to Denver this September for the DNC to be impressed by all our construction sites? Hillary or Obama?

    I'm thinking Clinton is more of the economy person and it would be better to plant a seed in her head that Denver is the next big place for urban growth. But then again, I like Obama for a whole set of other reasons. And he's certainly more popular here in Colorado, with our young age demographic and high proportion of independents.

    In either case, I'm sure both candidates will be in town for the convention. These cranes are going to look great for the DNC!

    And while it might be bad for the Democratic party to have a brokered convention, it would be great for Denver with thousands of people here and all eyes on the most media-relevant political convention in decades. I hope Denver didn't get more than it bargained for if a close nomination means far more people come to Denver for a far more intense convention than expected – as things are shaping up to turn out!

  4. Greenboy February 9, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    The Contractor at 14th and Wynkoop may not be able to get or afford a tower crane right now. They are getting very hard to come by. the demand has sent most of them to Dubai or China. The Clintons already are big on Denver. Bill had his Summit of the 8 here in the 90's at the DPL. The Pope was here in the early 90's for World Youth Day. Denver has had some great publicity in the past. But the DNC will be nice.

  5. Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 4:05 am

    All the cranes are awesome! I love 'Denverbai' 🙂 .

  6. Anonymous February 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    looks great!!!

  7. Anonymous February 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    The shot down Blake Street is amazing! I can't believe how much Denver has changed over the last 20 years! Downtown in the late 80s/90s was not someplace anyone would want to be after 6 pm. It's great to see progress!

  8. Anonymous February 11, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I wanna see a tower crane at 17th and Larimer(Tabor 2, building a 43 story skyscraper.

  9. Anonymous February 12, 2008 at 12:01 pm


    All of the cranes seem to be concentrated in the areas immediately adjacent to Central Downtown or along 14th. Any thoughts on why more infill hasn't occurred along 17th, 18th, and 19th?

  10. Anonymous February 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I think our crane count will not be higher come DNC time. The Zi loft crane went down this week and Sugar3 and 1LP will likely be down by August too.

    In the meantime we don't have that many sites under construction with no crane right now. Maybe 1800 Larimer, maybe Tabor 2, maybe the hotels by the convention center or something in the CPV will get going quickly. It seems more likely that we will have a handful of sites that have broken ground, but are not at the level where they need a construction crane.

    It is hard to imagine four new cranes popping up between now and the summer (if Denver is going to beat the current total).

    I'd love to be wrong though.

  11. Anonymous February 12, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    has anyone seen a crane in dt denver lately?

  12. E February 22, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    A second crane went up today at 1900 16th Street and the crane at Sugar 3 has come down last weekend.

    Bob Hayes

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