The twin 30-story Country Club Towers are making great progress. Our last update showcased the new glass going in. Now, the towers are taller and the glass keeps climbing up.
Here are two close-up shots of the West Tower, which is now 24-stories up.
Glass is also now starting to go up on the East tower, currently 16-stories up.
From the north, here are a couple of photos from the neighborhood. As we’ve mentioned before, it is a little difficult to capture this project since it is tucked away in an already dense neighborhood.
However, this is where the drone comes in handy. We can see the huge impact these towers are staring to make. Also, Denver’s tree canopy looks pretty stellar from this angle.
When I took these photos over the weekend, workers were jumping the tower crane for the west tower. Present day, the tower crane is much taller!
Back in August, we announced a new eight-story, 76-unit apartment project going up in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. BMC Investments recently acquired the existing property, a 25,000 square foot retail/office building, with demolition now underway. As a refresher, here is a rendering of the project, courtesy of 4240 Architecture.
This photo shows the project site as of last weekend. Demolition of the old property is currently underway and will take some time to clear. After that, excavation will commence for the two levels of underground parking. 210 Saint Paul will also contain 11,500 square feet of retail.
This is currently the forth major project under construction in the neighborhood. The Cherry Creek boom keeps on rolling!
The Rollnick Hotel, in the Cherry Creek neighborhood, is making steady progress. As a refresher, will be an eight-story building, providing 200 hotel rooms.
This project now appears to be at its lowest point with foundation work underway. A 1960’s office building used to take up a portion of this lot with surface parking around it. The Rollnick Hotel will utilize the entire lot.
Also, a new tower crane is now up for this project. How exciting!
Cherry Creek development was a little slower throughout the year but a second construction wave is beginning, adding much more infill to the area.
To finish out the week, let’s head on over to Cherry Creek and check out the completed Halcyon Hotel, formally known as 245 Columbine. This new eight-story hotel adds 154 rooms to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Here are our previous posts on this project:
New Cherry Creek Project: 245 Columbine
Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Project Update #1
Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Project Update #2
Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #3
Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #4
Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #5 (Inside the Infill Edition)
Now for the pictures! The Halcyon Hotel adds some great height to this stretch of Columbine Street.
The street-level is a huge improvement to the old post office that used to stand on the site. The two retail pads are open and line the sidewalk with patios; a perfect street-level experience especially in a heavily used retail district.
The hotel opened back in mid-August, shortly after our inside tour. Welcome to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood!
The twin 30-story towers in the Speer neighborhood are making great progress. Not only are the towers quickly going vertical, the glass facade is starting to go up on the west tower as well!
First, let’s start out with a different perspective of the project. I recently had a photo shoot at 250 Columbine and was able to get this great perspective from the roof. The west tower, the tallest portion, is now up 16-stories with 14 more to go. The east tower is up eight-stories with 22 more to go.
It was stormy and rainy but I had my trusty smartphone to document the first three floors of glass going in. The facade will be comprised of glass with thin strips of beige and dark colored masonry running up the length of the tower. Check out this rendering for a refresher.
As a bonus, let’s head back to 250 Columbine. If you were ever wondering what Downtown Denver looks like from a Cherry Creek rooftop, here you go. It’s a great view and will showcase 1144 Fifteenth Street as it starts to climb onto Denver’s skyline.
At approximately a floor a week, the west tower should be topping out around Thanksgiving.
It was just a couple of days ago we published our first post on the new CDOT Headquarters building proposed next to the Decatur-Federal transit station. Today, we have a quick update due to having received a few new renderings that more clearly show the proposed structure. Thank you to everyone at CDOT and RNL Design for providing the new images!
Landscaped plaza and rain garden at the southeast corner of the project:
Overhead view looking northwest:
We can see clearly from these new renderings that the main pedestrian entry to the building is at the southeast corner, putting it in a good location for access to the light rail station across the street. However, let’s take a closer look at the site and the issue of pedestrian access to the train station:
The nearest crosswalks over W. Howard Place are at Federal and at Decatur. No one leaving the CDOT building, and I mean no one, is going to walk over to either Federal or Decatur to cross the street via the crosswalk to get to the transit station. They will either cut through the tree lawn immediately south of the building entry and cross the street there, or follow the diagonal sidewalk to the corner of the property next to the access drive and then cross the street. Neither of these situations is considered safe and both would be technically jaywalking, right? With increased automobile traffic along W. Howard Place after the building opens, and with RTD buses using the street to access the station’s bus gates, providing a safe way for CDOT employees and guests to cross the street conveniently from the building entry is critical.
Here’s where CDOT, RTD, and the City can prove their commitment to prioritizing pedestrians over vehicles, encouraging transit ridership, and working towards Vision Zero: 1. Add a sidewalk across the tree lawn immediately south of the building entry to connect to the sidewalk along the north side of W. Howard Place; and 2. Add a mid-block crosswalk directly at that point to provide pedestrians with convenient and safe access between the building entry and the transit station. You know, something like this:
Is that messy from a traffic engineering perspective? Probably. Will it cost a little extra money? Most likely. Is it the right thing to do? Definitely.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is planning a new five-story 175,000 square foot office building immediately adjacent to the Decatur-Federal station on RTD’s W line.
The new building in the Sun Valley neighborhood just southwest of Downtown Denver will house both CDOT’s statewide Headquarters as well as its Region 1 office (the Denver metro area is CDOT Region 1). Currently, both the Headquarters and Region 1 offices are located in southeast Denver in separate old, inefficient buildings that are in serious need of upgrades. By constructing one modern, efficient facility for both offices, CDOT will realize significant savings on building operations and maintenance and provide a better working environment for its employees. The new facility will be financed through the use of Certificates of Participation—the same process used by the state to finance the History Colorado Center and Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center projects—which does not involve funds budgeted for highway construction. Here’s a site plan, courtesy of CDOT:
CDOT is acquiring the land for their new Headquarters from the Metropolitan Football Stadium District, the owners of Mile High Stadium. Currently, the site is used as surface parking for stadium events. The new CDOT facility will include a parking garage with around 500 spaces that will be available to the public for evening and weekend stadium events.
Here are a few early conceptual models of the new building, courtesy of CDOT. The project architect is RNL Design and JE Dunn will be the general contractor.
From an urbanist perspective, this is a good move by CDOT. Their current Headquarters and Region 1 buildings are not particularly convenient to public transit. The new location will allow visitors and the 700-plus CDOT employees who will work in the new building direct access to light rail and several major bus lines along Federal and Colfax that stop at the Decatur-Federal station. The site is also adjacent to the Lakewood Gulch and Platte River trail systems.
Construction is expected to begin in November 2016 with completion slated for early 2018.
By José Esparza
If you have driven by the corner of West Alameda Avenue and Irving Street in West Denver, you probably have seen very large piles of dirt being moved around. Behind those dirt piles, contractors have been very busy since breaking ground a few months ago on constructing Westwood Crossing, a project that will include 98 affordable apartments and about 5,000 square feet of ground-floor office or retail space within a four-story building.
View of Westwood Crossing under construction looking northwest, July 2016.
The asbestos in the four houses on the site was abated and houses demolished. The residents moved into new homes under McDermott Properties’ relocation program.
View of Westwood Crossing under construction looking northeast, July 2016.
Earth work is now completed. The rains of April and May slowed this phase of the project down, but concrete is being poured and the walls built for the podium.
Concrete wall for the building podium under construction at Westwood Crossing, July 2016.
On the east side of the property, along South Irving Street, you can see the first floor being constructed which is where the leasing offices will be located. Due to the slope of the site, the podium is at street level with Alameda Avenue and one-story high looking north from West Nevada Place.
José Esparza came to Denver in 2011 to study urban planning. He attained a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a MURP from the University of Colorado Denver. Currently, José is Executive Director of West Community Economic Development Corporation, a 501c3 non-profit in west Denver, and serves on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Back in May, we reported that demolition of the existing buildings for Civica Cherry Creek, a five / seven story, 112,000 square foot office project, was about to begin. Now, the site has been cleared and excavation is now underway.
First, let’s start with an overview of the site looking west. As you can see, the existing buildings have been completely demolished.
Here are two photos looking at the front of the project from Fillmore Street.
Construction should be fairly quick as Schnitzer West LLC, the developer, is expecting the project to be complete by next summer.