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New DenverInfill Feature: Denver’s Future Skyline in 3D!

We are excited to launch a new feature here at DenverInfill: Denver’s future skyline in 3D!

Thanks to Google Earth and the new way they’re rendering buildings in three dimensions, and thanks in particular to the newest member of the DenverInfill team, Ryan Keeney—starting today we will periodically feature a collection of views of the Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek skylines with the massing of buildings, proposed or under construction, added in.

The buildings have been color coded to match our DenverInfill Project Map, where yellow is residential, orange is office, red is hotel, and blue is civic/other. We will add a new “3D Future Skyline” link on the right sidebar below the Project Map box so that you’ll be able to quickly access the current and previous versions of our 3D Future Skyline images. We plan to issue a new collection of 3D Future Skyline images on a quarterly basis or perhaps more frequently, as needed.

A few important caveats to note about the buildings modeled in 3D in these images:

  • Each 3D object represents a simple massing of the building that has been extruded to the planned height of the structure. In most cases, buildings have step-backs and other architectural treatments that reduce the mass and scale of the building, particularly on the upper floors. Therefore, the three-dimensional space these buildings occupy in model form is going to be greater than they will in reality—an “objects will appear larger than they really are” situation.
  • Similarly, building footprints typically have small setbacks here and there from the property line, as opposed to the simple rectangular footprint used in most of our models.
  • The 3D model-making tools in Google Earth are fairly crude, so the purpose of our new 3D Future Skyline images is to convey a general sense of how Denver’s urban core is growing and densifying, not necessarily to show a specific building in three-dimensions. If you want to see what a particular building will look like, read the blog posts for that project.
  • Uses within a mixed-use building are colored with a very “broad brush” you might say, with ground floors and other parts of buildings that are planned to have other uses, like retail or parking, colored as one of the primary uses found in the building.
  • Google updates their imagery on a fairly regular basis (annually, it seems of late), so at some point in the future, when Google next updates their 3D imagery and a project has been completed, we will remove the 3D model of the building from our database because its physical representation will appear within the Google aerial background.
  • Buildings shown in 3D are only those planned or under construction for which we have published a DenverInfill blog post. There are many projects “in the pipeline” or recently announced that we haven’t yet profiled on DenverInfill, so those project aren’t in our 3D model yet.

OK, let’s get to the images! Each is presented in 2400-pixel HD glory, so click, zoom, and enjoy!

Downtown Denver looking north:

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Downtown Denver looking south:

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Downtown Denver looking east:

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Downtown Denver looking west:

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LoDo and Union Station districts up close:

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Central Business District up close:

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Downtown Denver high-level overview:

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Cherry Creek district looking northeast:

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Cherry Creek district looking southeast:

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That’s a lot of urban fabric-repairing going on!

As I mentioned, the credit for our 3D models goes to our new DenverInfill team member, Ryan Keeney. Ryan is a masters student at the University of Denver studying Geographic Information Science, urban form, and multi-modal transportation. When Ryan moved here from Indianapolis in 2015, he was amazed by the magnitude of infill occurring in Downtown Denver and was excited to witness its impact on the vibrancy of the city, so modeling urban development for DenverInfill allows Ryan to engage his technical skills while also contributing to the energy of Denver’s growth and revitalization. In addition to keeping our 3D Future Skyline files up-to-date, Ryan may also start reporting on new infill projects in the DU/South Denver areas on the blog. After graduation, Ryan’s goal is to start a GIS career in urban or transit planning. Thank you, Ryan Keeney, for your excellent contribution to DenverInfill!

I hope you enjoy DenverInfill’s 3D Future Skyline images as yet another way of experiencing the profound way in which the Mile High City is urbanizing and creating a more walkable, compact, and thriving urban core.


Speer: Country Club Towers Update #3

Let’s head over to the Speer neighborhood and check in on the twin 30-story towers that will define the South Central Denver skyline. Since the tower cranes went up in September, the Country Club Towers are now starting to go vertical!

As we described in our first update, this site is incredibly hard to access. So, we are going to start with some ground level photos and finish with aerials. All of the underground and foundation work is now complete and the podium for the west tower is now up to four-stories.

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Here are two more photos of the podium for the west tower going up.

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The podium for the east tower just broke ground level and is also starting to go vertical. The shared podium should top out this summer.

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Hard to follow the ground level photos? I completely agree. Queue the aerial photography. Here are four elevations looking east over the project site. Hopefully this helps you decipher what is going on from what we described above.

 

 

Now that these towers are out of the ground, we should start to see them rise fairly quickly. These will make a huge impact from both a skyline and street level point of view.

As a fun little bonus, how tall will the Country Club Towers be exactly? Just a few feet shorter than the Rocky Mountain Tower, also known as the ‘Darth Vader’ tower, that sits in Glendale. However, Denver scores two towers around the same height.

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How exciting!


Cherry Creek: Civica Cherry Creek Project Update #1

After some much needed time off, it is time to get back to the infill! Back in October, we announced a new office project going up in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Work on this project has not yet begun but today, we have some refined renderings to share with you. Thanks to Seth Ivanoff of Schnitzer West for providing these great renderings.

First, let’s start off with the exterior of the project. The south end will rise seven-stories, stepping down to five-stories on the north end to comply with Cherry Creek’s zoning. Civica Cherry Creek will also provide four levels of underground parking.

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The facade will be comprised of mostly brick and glass with a limestone base and copper accents. Total square footage is around 112,000 with 11,000 of it dedicated to ground floor retail. A rooftop deck for office tenants will also be incorporated on the five-story portion of this project.

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Moving to the interior of the building, here are some renderings of the lobby and the second floor great room, which is another common area for the office tenants.

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A fence is currently up around the project site, meaning demolition and excavation is on the horizon. Our next update on this project will cover just that.


Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #4

One and a half months ago, we observed a new tower crane going up at the 999 17th Street site in the heart of Downtown Denver. Now, construction is in full swing with a second tower crane up and foundation rapidly going in.

Before we get to the pictures, let’s clarify something about the name of this project. You may have seen it referred to as 1776 Curtis Street elsewhere, which is, in fact, the address of the 28-story apartment tower. However, both the city, and Shea Properties refer to it as 999 17th Street. Because both the office and residential component are finishing at the same time, and to remain consistent with official sources, we will refer to this project as 999 17th Street until its completion.

Now on to the photos. Many years have passed since we have seen any tower crane activity in this part of Downtown Denver. Seeing two red tower cranes here is a refreshing sight!

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Looking in on the project site, we can see that foundation work is underway along with ramps for the parking garage, which will be shared between the office and residential buildings.

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Looking at the site from slightly higher vantage point, it’s very clear that 999 17th Street is filling in a huge void in the densest part of Downtown Denver.

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Here is a closer view of the parking ramps and one of the cores that will service the parking garage. The garage will rise a total of six-stories.

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What an exciting project to watch go up in Central Downtown!


Westwood: Westwood Crossing Update #1

By José Esparza

Westwood Crossing is under construction! The groundbreaking ceremonies took place March 2nd with Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Paul Lopez, Director of the Office of Economic Development, Paul Washington, Hope at Redeemer Children’s Choir, and many other distinguished guests.

Here are two photos of the groundbreaking: Developer Arthur McDermott addressing the crowd; the traditional dirt-tossing ceremony:

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The site is lower on the east end of the building and will be five stories along Irving with the first floor reserved for leasing activities. Viewed from Alameda, the building will look like a 4-story structure with 5,000 SF of space on the first floor reserved for commercial use. All parking will be in the back (south) of the building. There is no parking along Alameda on either side of the street, so Westwood Crossing will mirror the commercial buildings to the north. It will be interesting to see this project in construction as the site presents a challenge with grading. As the building begins to take form, it will be a welcome change from the vacant lot that has occupied the space for over 12 years.

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Construction is scheduled to be completed July 2017

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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.


New Cherry Creek Project: The Rollnick Hotel

Let’s end the week with new infill! The booming Cherry Creek North neighborhood is getting yet another hotel, in addition to the nearly complete 245 Columbine hotel.

Stonebridge has plans to build a 200 room hotel, named the Rollnick Hotel, at the corner of Second Avenue and Milwaukee Street. Here is an aerial with the project site outlined.

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The Rollnick Hotel will rise eight stories and have two levels of underground parking. Ground floor retail, along Milwaukee Street, will also be included in this project. Here is a rendering courtesy of Gkkworks, the project’s architect.

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It would appear that construction has already commenced seeing that the Rollnick Building isn’t standing anymore. A fence is also up around the existing surface parking lot, which will get torn out to make way for this project.

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The construction time-frame is still unknown, but it looks like this project is already well underway!


Cherry Creek: 250 Columbine Final Update – Part 2

Moving forward from an awesome Broncos weekend, we have some infill to catch up on! We are going to briefly head back to Cherry Creek to look at another great infill project on the brink of completion: 250 Columbine. But didn’t we already do a final update on 250 Columbine? Back in October, we only covered the office building as the residential portion was still under construction.

Let’s start by looking back at all of our posts mentioning 250 Columbine.

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250 Columbine was a unique project from the start because it contained 80 condo units, which are a very rare sight around Denver. For a couple of years, this was the only new condo project under construction in Central Denver. With Council Bill 15-0811 passing, hopefully we will see more condo units go up in the near future.

How about some pictures. The residential units sit down Columbine Street towards Third Avenue with the office building fronting Second Avenue.

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At street level, this project is great. It has good massing, and an ample supply of ground floor retail. Towards Third Avenue the building steps down to three stories, from seven, to comply with the Cherry Creek zoning.

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Here are two more views of 250 Columbine from Third Avenue. The red crane in the background is for the 245 Columbine hotel.

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250 Columbine was one of the first projects to break ground after the initial wave of development in Cherry Creek was announced. It’s great to now see it complete! Lastly, to prove how high the demand is for condo units in Central Denver, there are only three units left for sale in this building.


Cherry Creek: Alexan Cherry Creek Update #1

Back in July, we announced a new 8-story, 164-unit apartment building that was replacing a single story parking garage in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Since the announcement, construction is now underway for Alexan Cherry Creek.

Excavation for this project is complete and work for the foundation and underground parking structure has begun. Judging by the size of the hole, there will be three levels of underground parking which will be shared with residents and the offices around this project.

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There is also a top-slewing tower crane on site that will be there for most of 2016.

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A lot of work still has to be done to get this project out of the hole. Once it is out of the ground, we will swing back around for its next update!


Cherry Creek: Coda Update #3

Density is the new trend over in Cherry Creek North. Rising to 12-stories, the same height as its neighbor the Steele Creek Apartments, Coda, formally known as the First and Steele Apartments, is making its mark in the neighborhood.

The structure has topped out with the facade working its way up. Coda will feature a prominent glass curtain wall, which you can see is well underway, along with paneling and more glass features around the rest of the building.

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Here is one additional view of the front of Coda from East 1st Avenue and Steele Street.

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There is a lot of new density and glass going up in this corner of the Cherry Creek neighborhood. Here is an early 2014 and present day shot from the same vantage point.

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Even a 12-story building can have a huge impact on the street level. Looking down Steele Street, and west down First Avenue, we can clearly see that this project provides some great density.

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Coda will provide Cherry Creek North with 185 apartment units and is expected to complete mid-late 2016.