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Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #3 (Inside the Infill Edition)

Happy Friday! Today, we have a special post for 245 Columbine, now known as the Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek. Thanks to Zach Porter and Nancy Kristof of Mortenson Construction, DenverInfill was able to get a peek inside the project just before completion.

As a refresher, the Halcyon Hotel is the first hotel to go up in Cherry Creek in this current boom. It features 154 rooms in an eight-story building. For this tour, let’s start out with the rooftop and work our way down through the building.

Cherry Creek always offers nice perspectives of the Denver skyline with a great mountain backdrop. It was a little hazy on our tour but there was still a great view. As you can see, the rooftop pool features this spectacular view.

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This rooftop is utilized to its fullest extent. The east side of the roof features a bar with ample seating.

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Even with the haze, the unobstructed view from this rooftop is great! Here’s a panorama; make sure you click to embiggen!

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This project has many unique features. One of them is the cutout in the middle. This is to provide natural light to the interior rooms and hallways of the hotel.

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Moving inside, the first stop is the presidential suite. This room offers great views, two stories of living and sleep space, as well as a very large private terrace. This room is still under construction but is going to shape up nicely.

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Here is an average guest suite, which is everything you would expect in a hotel room. The finishes in the rooms have an antique feel with a modern spin.

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And the bathrooms are really nice.

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Some of the rooms also feature balconies that will be separated by large planters upon completion of this project. The second photo shows the unique facade that is used throughout the project. The metal cutouts make the project stand out in Cherry Creek.

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Moving right along, the Hotel Halcyon will have large conference spaces along with a fitness center.

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In addition to the rooftop bar, there are two more restaurants/bars. The Departure Lounge features an aviation-themed fiberglass centerpiece over the bar and a ground-floor retail pad outside of the hotel will be occupied by an Italian restaurant.

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Here is the progress of the front desk lobby.

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The Halcyon Hotel doesn’t feature any parking ramps. They connected the new garage to an already existing parking garage and installed a firewall to close in case of fire. This is some awesome engineering right here.

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This project is shaping up nicely on the outside!

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The hotel is expected to open in mid-August. Once it’s open, we will visit it for a final update. Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: Marriott Moxy Hotel Update #1

Today we have a quick update on the Marriott Moxy hotel going up in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Since we announced the eight story, 170-room hotel, excavation has commenced and present day, there is a very large hole in the ground.

From the looks of it, the Marriott Moxy will have two levels of underground parking. The second picture was taken from the roof of the Hotel Halcyon, aka 245 Columbine, which we will have an exciting post on tomorrow!

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The next steps for this project will be the foundation work and, more than likely, a tower crane in the near future.


Denver’s 3D Future Skyline: July 2016 Update

Back in April, we announced a new three-dimensional feature that provides us with a better visual of all the infill going in around Central Denver. Here is a short description from our announcement post:

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.

With the Downtown Denver Non-Residential and Residential project posts back in late June, it’s fitting to revisit the 3D future skyline.

Our first post featured the 3D skyline from a higher elevation overview perspective. Since there are many perspectives and elevations to share, we are going to explore the future skyline mostly from a lower elevation in this post. Let’s get to it! Make sure you click each image to embiggen.

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 northeast:

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Downtown Denver looking southeast:

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Denver Union Station up close:

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Cherry Creek looking west:

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Central Denver high-level overview from River North to Cherry Creek:

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It is truly amazing how many projects are proposed and under construction around Central Denver. A huge thank you Ryan Keeney for keeping these models up to date so we can visualize all of this infill!


Cherry Creek: The Rollnick Hotel Update #1

Another hotel kicks off in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood! Replacing an old office building, the Rollnick Hotel is going to contain 200 rooms in an eight story building. This is the third hotel in Cherry Creek that is under construction.

As with all new projects, drilling and foundation work are the first steps. Excavation will go down two stories for the underground parking structure.

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Once these hotel projects are complete, Cherry Creek will have an additional 525 new rooms; assuming no more hotels are announced in the next year or so.


Speer: Country Club Towers Update #4

Over in the Speer neighborhood, the County Club Towers are trekking along. When we first announced the project, there was a lot of uncertainty with the massing and materials, but we finally have a good idea of what’s going up.

To start, here is a unique vantage point I have been using for this project. The west tower is poking out just above the trees and will be very prominent when it approaches its final height.

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Going down to the ground level, we can see that the west tower is up eight stories; 26% of its final height. Here are three things that have already exceeded my expectations with this project. Number one: the towers will not be a flat. Each unit will be facing at an angle making the tower look jagged.

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Number two: The podium facade has the same brickwork, color, and patterns, as the surrounding historic Country Club Gardens.

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Number three (this one is very important): The east and west towers will be significantly set back from the podium making these more point towers than large 30-story walls.

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The eastern portion of the podium is close to topping out with one more floor to go. It should only be a few weeks until the east tower starts to go up.

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As a bonus, here is a mock-up of the facade minus the concrete wall to the left; that’s the foundation for another building.

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Like The Confluence, the Country Club Towers are going to make a significant impact on the Central Denver skyline. From what we are seeing, these will be slender towers, and feature a very unique look when complete.


Summer 2016: Central Denver Tower Crane Census

Happy first day of Summer readers! Back by popular demand, we are going to start the week and season off with a tower crane census. There was a lot of crane action going on over the weekend so this will be a fun census. All of the tower crane photos, with the exception of one, were taken on Saturday for an accurate count; even though the count is going to be tricky.

This census is for tower cranes only. The self erecting cranes (cranes without a ladder mast or cab) on smaller builds are not counted.

Why tricky? Let’s start out with tower crane number zero. As I got down to the Union Station neighborhood, workers were taking down the crane at Union Tower West. As much as I would love to count this, this crane has been completely taken down.

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Let’s move the count in a positive direction. One and Two belong to Pivot.

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Three and Four are for 1709 Chestnut. The second tower crane for this project wasn’t up on Saturday but it should be complete today.

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Tower crane number Five belongs to the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex.

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The Confluence offers tower cranes Six and Seven. As a bonus, they were jumping the south tower crane over the weekend.

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Number Eight belongs to 28th and Vallejo and, since this is a Central Denver census, Alexan West Highlands brings number Nine to the table.

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I forgot the memory card for my other camera before I went up to take this photo so here is number Ten, belonging to Modera River North, in cell-phone-picture fashion.

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I said out loud, “No! What are you doing? I have a census to do…” as I saw what was going on at Dairy Block. A tower crane taking down another tower crane is not a sight we see everyday. Unfortunately, I can only count one for Dairy Block bringing the total up to Eleven.

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Twelve and Thirteen, belonging to 999 17th Street, are nicely tucked away in Central Downtown.

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1144 Fifteenth claims number Fifteen with Le Meridien / AC bringing the number up to Sixteen. If you look closely in the first photo, you can see the south tower crane for The Confluence continuing to jump itself.

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Seventeen belongs to the rare luffing jib over at SkyHouse. I’m sure number Eighteen, at Alexan Uptown, will be taken down very soon.

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Number Nineteen is working hard at Eviva Cherokee with Twenty and Twenty-One helping build the twin 30-story Country Club Towers.

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Last but not least, Twenty-Two stands tall above the Alexan Cherry Creek site. After a five hour tower-crane-spotting hike, I forgot to take a current picture of this one but trust me, it’s still there.

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As I was editing these photos last night, my wife nicely told me that she spotted one for Tennyson Place in Berkeley last month. After reviewing her phone picture footage, that brings our final total to Twenty-Three. Sorry, I don’t have a current photo of this one.

That’s a lot of tower cranes and about the peak number we are going to see this year. Our previous census, back in 2013, featured ten tower cranes with around three up in Cherry Creek at the time. 2016 has significantly more construction activity as the boom keeps on rolling!


Cherry Creek: Alexan Cherry Creek Update #2

Alexan Cherry Creek has been making steady progress since our last update in the winter. This project features three levels of underground parking, which will be utilized by residents along with retail and office tenants of 3300 East 1st Avenue, so it’s expected that construction will take a little bit longer.

Before we get around to the pictures, we have a huge, refined rendering of the project. Thanks to Andy of Shears Adkins Rockmore, the project’s architect, for the rendering! Make sure you click to embiggen.

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Alexan Cherry Creek is currently up to the ground level, with most of the underground structure complete. From here, it will go vertical eight stories and end up providing 164 apartment units to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

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Expected completion of this project is around mid-2017. The Cherry Creek boom keeps on rolling!


Speer: Speer Boulevard Apartments Final Update

Back in December 2014, we provided some renderings of a project going up on the triangular parcel bound by Speer Boulevard, 6th Avenue and Grant Street. We didn’t have any posts of the construction progress as some projects slip through the cracks, with all of the infill going on, but today we are going to take a look at the completed project.

The Speer Boulevard Apartments, now known as Gables Speer Boulevard, features 211 apartment units contained in a six story building. Because of the triangle shaped lot, this project has some neat perspectives. On one side of the street, the building looks very slender and comes together on the corner. Across the street, you get the full picture and see that it runs up to the property line on both Grant and Speer Boulevard.

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The facade is made up of dark paneling, stucco, and brick broken up throughout the project. It looks very balanced and the neutral colors compliment each other nicely.

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Here is one last street level perspective looking southeast along Speer Boulevard.

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We don’t get a lot of new projects along the Cherry Creek River but it’s always neat when we can use it as a foreground for infill photos!

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In my opinion, this project looks sharp. The colors are neutral, with both light and dark elements, it has clean lines, and features a very balanced facade. I would take this project over the gas station that used to sit here!


New Cherry Creek Project: 155 Steele

The Pauls Corp, developer of Via and 100 Saint Paul, grabbed another piece of land in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood across the alley from their recently completed 100 Saint Paul office project.

Located between 1st and 2nd Avenue along Steele Street, 155 Steele is proposed as a 155-unit condo building. You heard that right, for-sale condos! Here is a Google Earth aerial with the project site outlined.

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There is an existing retail building on site that used to be a restaurant and temporary housing for FirstBank as 100 Saint Paul was under construction. This will be demolished to make way for 155 Steele.

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While we don’t have multiple renderings of this project just yet, here is a teaser courtesy of The Pauls Corp. This rendering suggests that the 155 units will be contained in a 10-story building and, while the materials are still unknown, the facade will feature light and dark colors. The project architect is not yet known.

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Construction for 155 Steele is still a little bit out as pre-sales are going to begin around the summer of 2017; pricing details have not yet been released. We will keep you posted as soon as we receive more details on this project. Stay tuned!