1601 Wewatta Update #7

Last week, DenverInfill had the privilege of going “inside the infill” at 1601 Wewatta; a 10-story, 280,000 square foot office building going up in the Union Station neighborhood. The series of updates for 1601 Wewatta is quite unique. In our last ‘Inside the Infill’ update, DenverInfill toured the project when it was bottomed out; a huge hole in the ground. In this update, we visited the project when it is topped out and nearing completion. A big thanks to Dave Klebba of Hines for giving us a great and thorough tour.

First, we will start out with the ground level. Work has started on the plaza along with the stone and glass facade steadily going up.

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For a refresher, here are updated renderings of both the plaza and finished building.

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The lobby of 1601 Wewatta is very tall and open. There will be two elevator banks serving both the parking garage and the main 10-story office portion.


Here is a rendering of what the lobby is expected to look like when complete.


Like any office project under-construction, there isn’t much to see on the upper floors. However, there is one thing that sets 1601 Wewatta apart from the rest.

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Terraces. On floors three, four and seven, there is outdoor space offering fresh air and views of the surrounding area. Here are some shots off of the third floor terrace.

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The seventh floor terrace offers a great view of the Millennium Bridge.


No tour is complete without venturing to the top floor. Here are some views we were lucky enough to get on a clear day!

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1601 Wewatta is making great progress and greatly contributes to the new urban fabric of the Union Station neighborhood. In the summer we will swing by and take a look at the completed project!

By | 2016-12-01T14:08:58+00:00 March 15, 2015|Categories: Infill, Office, Public Spaces, Union Station, Urbanism|Tags: |8 Comments


  1. mckillio March 16, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Awesome update, this place is really coming along and looks fantastic.

    What’s the word on 1881 16th, 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office? The last update for it is from just over a year ago and is stated that construction was due to start last June and obviously they haven’t even broken ground yet? This building will really pull the neighborhood together and make Union Station itself feel much more complete.

    I also saw that 16 Chestnut Project Update broke ground recently, I assume we can expect an update on that in the not too distant future.

    • KyleM March 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Good question. I’ve been wondering about the Wewatta Hotel/Office as well.

  2. Jason March 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    This project looks great.

  3. TakeFive March 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Very impressive; great photo tour. Much appreciated.

  4. Bryan March 17, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    project is looking awesome… I was critical of the plaza originally, but they are treating it well to connect to the corner. My only question is, what about all the shade, bulk, and lack of parking? The city is ruined!

    • UrbanZen March 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      I too was a little critical of the plaza, but now I think it’ll provide an nice recess in the awesome building canyon that 16th is becoming.

  5. Dan March 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Very classy, upscale looking building – it would be even more spectacular if it were 10 floors taller. Also very much like the plaza. I worked for a long time next to two great plazas – Manville (Marriott) at 17th and California and at 1225 17th (& Lawrence). They are islands of tranquility and refuge, especially from the overheated hard-scape in the city during summer. This is what I call pedestrian friendly – shade trees and green scape – not concrete or paving stone heat sinks. The roof top of the bus station will work out nicely also when it matures. The 16th street mall works primarily because of the shade, Union Station plaza, on the hand, is underwhelming – mostly hard-scape with trees that will struggle to survive due to the hostile reflected heat that sunburns trees and makes the foliage wilt.

  6. Kyle March 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Agreed. That plaza is what makes this building special. It doesn’t get much better for restaurant patio seating!

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