Two Tabor Center Update

It has been almost exactly six years since we have mentioned anything about Callahan Capital Partner’s Two Tabor Center project. This project was last proposed before the economic recession in 2008 (with previous iterations going back to the 1980s) but it never made it out of the ground. At the time, Two Tabor Center was proposed as a 43-story, 840,000 square foot office tower.

Today we have some potentially exciting news on the project. Two Tabor Center has a new, updated design! These renderings do come with a disclaimer: they were obtained from the Davis Partnership website and we have no information as far as a construction schedule or how active this proposal may be. The new tower design features a 31-story tower that would rise 420 feet and provide Central Downtown with 700,000 square feet of office space.


Here is an additional rendering of Two Tabor Center’s roofline. This is far from just another glassy box and will be a nice refreshing design on our skyline!

As of today, there hasn’t been a development application submitted to the city. However, with new designs, there is hope that Two Tabor Center could be coming back as an active proposal! What an excellent addition to Downtown Denver if it does!

By | 2016-12-04T14:10:25+00:00 January 17, 2014|Categories: Central Downtown, Infill, Office, Urban Design, Urbanism|Tags: |12 Comments


  1. Freddie January 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I’m going to do a special dance to see if I can make Tabor II happen. It’s very similar to a rain dance except (according to my roommate) much more annoying. But I don’t think I can do this alone. I need some of you people to dance with me (my roommate is refusing to help).

  2. Ellis McFadden January 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I was working downtown when they built the Tabor Center. The developer put in some of the infrastructure for tower two. Seeing a second tower built will really add to downtown.

  3. Bennett January 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Looks great! I just wish it was a bit taller or shorter, at this height (420 feet) it will be almost level with Tabor 1…kinda boring for a building complex.

  4. Rob C January 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I said it back in 2008 and I say it again…if tabor 2 comes out of the ground it will signal the onslaught of another economic collapse LOL.

  5. Jim Nash January 18, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    What’s happening with those 5 lots along 17th and Wewatta Streets at Union Station? Can some taller towers, with setbacks, be built, with a exception allowed for the height limits?

    Point towers, like the 34-story Confluence Tower on Little Raven, thanks to Ken’s leadership in the height variance allowed by the city. 17th is the spine of Downtown. It should be high rise. Multi-use towers, over street retail, all around.

    The other developer proposed it, and lots of people liked it. But city leaders decided to flatten-out Union Station to mid-rise. The rental market demand will rapidly increase, when the supermarket opens next year. Projects around it should be bigger, taller.

    17th is anchored by the State Capitol and Civic Center Park on one end — and Union Station on the other. Build it to the max.

    • Rob C January 20, 2014 at 9:21 am

      There are still proposals we don’t know about at Union Station. However, there are height limits in place. A little of a stretch to say that 17th is anchored by the Capitol building and Civic Center park but I feel ya on it being the spine of downtown. Only time will tell what Ryan and Ken have up their sleeves.

      • Jim Nash January 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

        Rob C, agree with you, that 17th doesn’t exactly end at the Capitol — it’s more like poetic license, to say Civic Center anchors one end of Downtown’s biggest street. But if you look at Downtown from the front steps of the Capitol, you get the picture.

        Same point about Union Station, which doesn’t really “end” 17th, now that it’s being extended beyond the train station. What I’m driving at is the Sense of Place you get at these two special locations. Each is both a gateway and an end-point.

        And city leaders have given great deference to these key buildings, by limiting the height of structures around them, to preserve their prominence. It might be right to preserve the dominance of the State Capitol at one end of Downtown. But I’m not sure Union Station needs the same kind of height limitations, beyond the 5-story flanking buildings along Wynkoop.

        It’s about the feelings created by the whole constructed scene. Seems like arriving on a train at Union Station should bring you into the heart of the city — not the edge of it. The height of the buildings along 17th is what creates that feeling of being in the center of the city. So strengthen that sense of importance with more tall buildings behind Union Station.

        One thing Ken and Ryan have up their sleeves is understanding the mechanics of steering local leaders to reconsider site zoning and height limitations, the process of obtaining zoning variances. Ken has proven it can be done, and done right, with Confluence.

  6. Dan January 21, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Let’s hope this actually happens – about time after 35 years of start/stop. At least a development would be completed. I’m disappointed in the lower height – the previous 45 story proposal was more dramatic and noticeable for this end of town. But I’ll take the alternative. I think 14 fewer floors here and in the Shea development are clear indications that investors are still very pessimistic about this economy. Residential rentals vs owned units are also a clear indication of that. On the positive side, the Denver office vacancy rate is approaching single digits, which could prompt a mini office tower building boom.

  7. Dennis January 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Oh man, this looks pretty awesome. Disappointed by the height decrease but still way cool, kinda of Denver’s own 400 park ave south!

  8. Mark W January 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    This would be an exciting project, as downtown needs to see some new office skyscrapers built. With the exception of 1800 Larimer, there haven’t been any office skyscrapers (100+ m high) built downtown since the mid-1980’s, even though metro Denver has grown tremendously since then. A big reason for this is that the SE Corridor and other suburban office areas have absorbed a disproportionate amount of the metro’s commercial growth at the expense of downtown. I would like to see downtown claw back a proportion of the office market from suburbia, and a new office skyscraper would be a solid step in that direction.

  9. Larry Colletti March 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I hope plenty of extra parking spaces are provided. And add some extra for montly rentals at a resonable price or purchase.

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