Denver Tower Crane Census: Spring 2013

Today we are bringing back the tower crane census here on DenverInfill. As Ken mentioned in his previous post, there are a lot of projects under construction around Downtown Denver right now and a good handful of those projects wield a tower crane or two. It is always exciting (and a little geeky) seeing tower cranes scattered throughout the city which also represents a great sign of development to both the trained and untrained eyes. Let’s begin!

1, 2, 3, 4 – Exempla Saint Joseph Heritage Project


5 – Renaissance Stout Street Lofts, 6– 2300 Walnut (now known as ‘The Douglas’)


7 – North Wing Building, 8 – South Wing Building


9 – Cadence, 10 – The Delgany Apartments


I also have a little bonus photo for you! When I was out shooting, I was trying out my new wide-angle lens which is why some pictures seem a little distorted and stretched. Well, here’s a great wide-angle perspective of everything that is complete and under-construction in the Union Station field thus far. You can see the new light-rail station/plaza, Chestnut Pavilion, Wewatta Pavilion, the DaVita Headquarters building, Cadence, both Wing Buildings and the awesome train canopy. Absolutely amazing progress with much more to come! (click to view high-resolution):

We have a total of 10 tower cranes in Downtown Denver as of today. With new projects underway, I’m sure we will see that number climb this year. We will revisit this in a few months to see what has changed!

EXTRA BONUS PHOTO: Hi everyone. Ken here. I’m hijacking Ryan’s post to include a photo of my own of yet another nice shot of some of Downtown Denver’s tower cranes. Here’s the view on this beautiful sunny spring Mile High afternoon of four tower cranes from my Lower Highlands vantage point. From left to right: North Wing Building, Cadence, South Wing Building, Delgany Apartments (click/zoom to view at extra-huge resolution for your viewing pleasure):

It was nice of the operators to position the cranes for the weekend to be perfectly aligned for this photo!

By | 2016-12-18T05:23:16+00:00 March 31, 2013|Categories: Denver Neighborhoods, Downtown Districts, Infill, Skyline, Tower Crane Census|2 Comments


  1. Jim Nash April 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Awesome picture, Ken! The viewplane really works from your postion. North Denver lives!

  2. May 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    ps. tower cranes when unattended are usually put in free slew so the slew brake and slew gear does not get damaged, you will find the direction they are pointed in is the direction of the wind 😉

    “It was nice of the operators to position the cranes for the weekend to be perfectly aligned for this photo!”

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