Amtrak’s return to Denver Union Station was a great event and we were able to get a great look at the new train hall canopy. In case you missed it, head on over to DenverUrbanism to check it out! In this update, we are going to revisit the canopy during the day.
Even during the day, this structure is awe striking; not to mention very large. While walking through the platforms, you will notice that this train hall will serve both as a very functional train station and a great open public space.
Shelter from the weather was a very popular subject when the station was under construction and, given the station is almost complete, Amtrak will have the only covered platforms. Is this a bad thing? Yes and no. When it is precipitating it would be nice to have some kind of shelter. Shelter, however, can be found everywhere. there are large areas of the train hall that are covered, including platform 1 which is reserved for the A-Line to Denver International Airport. You can also seek shelter under Amtrak’s platform 3, which is a central point between all of the other platforms, inside the historic structure and down in the underground bus facility. I was more concerned about the ice that was under all of the platforms. Because of the brand new concrete, ice melt cannot be used yet. Fear not, I was assured by a Denver Transit Partners supervisor that this will not be a problem next winter.
Here are two additional pictures of the station: The covered walkway to the historic station, and the 18th Street pedestrian bridge. The metal fence over the tracks on the pedestrian bridge looks sharp and will still be able to provide a great view to watch trains go to and from the station!
Last but not least, here is an example of the signage that will be used throughout the station. It is very straight forward with different icons and colors depending on the mode of transportation you are taking.
This will be the last time we visit Denver Union Station’s train hall canopy until its grand opening on May 9th. We will see you then!
Let’s head over to Downtown Denver’s Central Platte Valley district and check in on the Balfour at Riverfront Park project. When we last covered this project in October, the west side of the project was built up to three stories and the east side was a hole in the ground.
The west side of the project has since topped out at five stories. Here is a view of it from Commons Park.
Going in for a closer look, it appears Balfour at Riverfront Park will feature both rectangular and arched floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a rooftop patio looking over Commons Park. The passage through the building for Bassett Circle has now been fully built with three stories of apartments above.
Back to my favorite spot to follow this project: The east side of the development is now up to two stories with one more floor to go. I bumped up the resolution of this image so you can see more detail on the project site from above! Make sure you click to enlarge!
The Balfour at Riverfront Park is shaping up nicely and should be done by this summer. We will visit this project again for its final update when it is complete!
It is time to wrap up one of the most prominent projects being built in the Ballpark neighborhood: The Douglas. Taking up an entire city block of ugly surface parking, The Douglas has made a huge impact along all four corners it stands on: Park Avenue and 24th Street, Larimer and Walnut Streets. We had pretty extensive coverage of this project here on DenverInfill so you can track its entire progress by visiting the posts below:
New Ballpark District Project: 2300 Walnut
Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed
Ballpark: 2300 Walnut Update
Ballpark: 2300 Walnut Update #2
Ballpark: 2300 Walnut Update #3
Ballpark: 2300 Walnut Update #4
Spring 2013: Downtown Denver Tower Crane Census
Ballpark: The Douglas Update #5
Ballpark: The Douglas Update #6
Now for the photos of the complete building! We will start out by visiting each corner of The Douglas. The walk-around will start at Park Avenue West and Walnut Street and go clockwise around the city block ending at Park Avenue West and Larimer Street. Crews are still adding the finishing touches on the northeast side of the building however, residents have started to move in and most of the building is open and ready to lease!
While walking along The Douglas, you are greeted with a great street presence that goes along the entire block. At 5-stories, this building closes in the street very well and feels very urban.
Here are some pictures of the detailed brickwork that makes up most of the facade. There are various types of brick and patterns scattered throughout this project.
The Douglas is a great win for both Downtown Denver and the Ballpark neighborhood. Not only did it take away an entire block of surface parking but it is also adding 310 residential units to an already thriving neighborhood. Welcome to Denver, The Douglas!
One of the most exciting projects in the Union Station redevelopment field has started to go vertical! The structure of Elan at Union Station, formally known as 20th and Chestnut, has broken the street level and looks like it is going to be taller than we anticipated.
What do I mean by ‘taller than we anticipated’? The ground floor of Elan at Union Station is going to house Downtown Denver’s first full service grocery store, and instead of the standard floor-to-ceiling height used in apartments, approximately 10 feet, the ground floor will have a floor-to-ceiling height of 28 feet. Because of that, the building will have the presence of a 7-story building while still only rising 5-stories. Here are some pictures of the project site.
Construction keeps moving forward in the Union Station neighborhood! I’m sure many residents around this area are looking forward to this project’s completion.
If you thought there was a lot of construction activity in the Denver Union Station neighborhood, hold on because there’s even more that’s coming our way! Back in December, we reported that heavy equipment had begun mobilizing on the Triangle Building site.
Two months later, the site is buzzing with activity. Nothing says progress like a big hole in the ground! With the Triangle Building, 1601 Wewatta, and The Platform all under construction, there is 500,000 square feet of office space and 288 residential units going up within the radius of a single block!
The 10-story office building has a long way to go but it’s always nice to see that construction has commenced! Completion is expected around May of next year.
We all love tower cranes! They are a great gauge to show how much a city is developing, and there’s been at least one tower crane up in Downtown Denver at any given point in time for over a decade. Last spring, in our census, there were a total of 10 tower cranes around Downtown Denver. That number has dipped slightly at the start of this year, as projects have started to finish, but fear not! More are on their way. Let’s look at the most recent additions!
Museum Center + Art Hotel
The tower crane at EnV is not up yet, but the base has been set, so we are still going to count it. We should see the crane up within the next couple of weeks.
Here is a bonus photo of the tower cranes for 20th and Chestnut, The Platform, and Verve!
Over the next few months we should see tower cranes start to go up for 1601 Wewatta, The Triangle Building, and the Hyatt Place / Hyatt House. The boom keeps on rolling!