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Central Downtown: Le Meridien/AC Hotel Update #5

It’s been about seven weeks since our Update #4 on the 488-room, 20-story Le Méridien/AC Hotel project at the corner of 15th and California, so let’s take a look at the construction progress. The tower is in the midst of its climb into the sky, so change comes fairly quickly—about one floor every week or so.

The view from California Street between 15th and 16th, showing the project’s contribution to the California street wall:

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Straight-on corner shot at 15th and California:

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The 15th and California sides of the tower have been the only perspectives available from the rendering provided by the developer, White Lodging:

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Now that the building is going vertical, we can gain a better understanding of the tower’s footprint, and the final plans approved by the city also clarify the facade materials we’ll see on all sides. This angle from 15th Street looking towards California shows that the tower consists of two narrow wings in an L-shape configuration, rising up from a three-story base:

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This is the alley side of the tower from near 15th and Stout Street:

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And this is the view from 14th Street looking above the side of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company building:

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As the above rendering shows, the California side will be almost entirely a glass and aluminum window wall system with a vertical band of red brick near the corner, while the 15th Street side will be mostly red brick with punched windows. According to documents on file with the city, the stub end of the wing facing the alley will be mostly EIFS with a few vertical bands of windows. The stub end of the wing adjoining the Bubba Gump building will be solid EIFS. The two facades on the inside of the “L” will be a mix of EIFS and aluminum and glass punched windows. Overall, the effect will be similar to what I discussed under “Option 1” in our Update #1 post, using the recently completed Hyatt Place/Hyatt House (by the same developer) as an example. Fortunately, there will be virtually no EIFS on either the California or 15th Street elevations, so those two sides, with their glass and brick, should look pretty good.

There will be two short drop-off lanes, one each on 15th and California, for passenger loading and valet. No parking (automobile or bicycle) is provided within the project. There are no minimum parking requirements within the Downtown Core (D-C) zone. A 30-foot high glass wall will frame the lobby at the corner of 15th and California:

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The 20th floor will contain guest amenities including a fitness center and an outdoor bar and lounge along the California Street side.

The dual-branded Le Méridien/AC Hotel property is scheduled to open in October 2017.


River North: Industry Denver Apartments Update #1

Construction activities at the Industry Denver Apartments site have begun.

To recap from our initial post on this project, Industry Denver Apartments is a nine-story project that will feature 274 apartments on six floors atop a three-level parking structure containing 349 spaces for automobiles and 88 spaces for bicycles. On the ground floor, the residential lobby, a fitness center, leasing office, and three townhomes will wrap the parking on the sides facing Brighton Boulevard and the historic Industry Denver office building.

The Industry Denver Apartments project is part of the larger Industry Denver development that includes 120,000 square feet of office space in a two-phase renovation/adaptive reuse of a 1939 produce warehouse, and 72,000 square feet of office space plus a 300-car parking garage in a recently completed new-construction third phase. We published this conceptual master plan rendering (courtesy of Industry Denver) at DenverUrbanism in 2014, but it may be helpful to show it here to illustrate the entire Industry Denver development. The Industry Denver Apartments are on the right:

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Here are two photographs of the preliminary construction work at the site:

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In the second photo, the recently completed parking structure/office space Phase III is visible to the right of the blonde-brick historic warehouse.


Lower Downtown: 1600 Market Hotel Update #1

The 12-story, 220-room hotel proposed by T2 Development for the corner of 16th and Market in Lower Downtown Denver will be back for another round of review with the Lower Downtown Design Review Board on June 2. As you may know, the city requires an extensive architectural design approval process for LoDo to ensure that new structures are compatible in various ways with the district’s historic buildings and context.

This rendering, prepared by project architect DLR Group and obtained from the developer’s June 2 submittal package to the LDDRB, shows the latest version of the building’s design:

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1600 Market conceptual rendering, courtesy of DLR Group

According to the staff report for the June 2 review, there are still some issues that need to be resolved with this project’s mass and scale, specifically the floor-to-floor heights on the upper levels, the corner massing, and the appearance of height/contextual relationship to the nearby historic structures. However, design approval is an iterative process, so expect to see this design continue to evolve in the coming months.

Once the project is approved for mass and scale, they will move on to final design approval, where issues like facade materials, color, windows, and other architectural details will be considered.


Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #4

Alexan Uptown has topped out at 12 stories! The project has been going up quickly thanks to a relatively new technology. Here is what we said about the structural system in our previous post:

The steel used for the structure is a fairly new technology; they are using what is called the Prescient system. Each steel beam is prefabricated and snaps into place; there is no need for welding.

Alexan Uptown has quite a presence when looking at it from Benedict Fountain Park. The 12-story project is roughly the same height as its neighbor across the street and also maximizes on the allowable height per the zoning code.

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The brick facade, which will be featured on the first four levels, is starting to shape up nicely. We are not sure what the upper levels will look like, from a materials standpoint, just yet. For a refresher, head on over to our announcement post for renderings and more details.

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Alexan Uptown encloses Logan Street and helps make it one of the densest blocks in Uptown. Remember, this project site used to be an entire half block of parking. Next time you are in the area, make sure you walk the street and check it out!


Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #5

999 17th Street is moving right along. With hardly any underground work, the apartment structure, 1776 Curtis, is already up three stories in a mere two months. This includes the parking structure, which takes longer to build.

Before we begin, we finally have some final renderings of the 27-story apartment building, courtesy of Davis Partnership Architects, the project’s architect. As we can see from the renderings, there will be a shared six story parking deck with ground floor retail and an amenity deck on top. Final designs for the office building have not yet been released.

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The apartment building is built right to the corner of 18th and Curtis Street taking away a huge hole in Central Downtown.

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Let’s check in on the progress. In the first photo we can clearly see 999 17th Street’s neighbor, 1001 17th Street. So what does a 1970’s era building have to do with this project? The apartment tower (315-feet) and 1001 17th Street (330-feet) will be roughly the same height. This gives us a great idea of how much impact this building will have at both a street level and skyline perspective.

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The apartment building will be a single structure between the residential units and parking deck. Right now, it is indistinguishable between the two uses.

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The office building, which will be just taller than the Hotel Monaco next door, has not yet started but will be completed in the same time-frame as everything else. This will also fill in a gap and help complete the street wall along 17th Street.

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999 17th Street is going to be a fun project to watch due to the fact it is going up in the densest part of Downtown Denver and filling in one of the largest holes in the Central Downtown urban fabric.


Lower Downtown: Dairy Block Update #8

Workers are making good progress on the Dairy Block project in Lower Downtown Denver. Our last update was about two months ago, so let’s check in on this major project.

Below is an updated ground-floor plan, courtesy of McWhinney, the project developer. The yellow areas are retail/restaurant spaces. As you can see, Dairy Block will add a substantial amount of retail space to Lower Downtown, including numerous stores that will front the project’s pedestrian alley and Blake Street passage (blue). The reddish area in the upper right at 19th and Wazee is the project’s hotel, and the entries to the upper-level office spaces are in green. The block of  yellow in the lower right at 19th and Blake is the historic Windsor Farm Dairy building, and the block of yellow in the lower left at 18th and Blake are also historic properties. Those historic buildings’ ground-floor spaces will be reconfigured to provide entries facing the street, the alley, and the Blake Street passage.

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Let’s start at 18th and Wazee and work our way clockwise around the block.

Approaching the Wazee/18th Street intersection, with Coors Field two blocks beyond:

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The corner of Wazee and 18th:

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In the center of the Wazee block face—the area above the blue dumpster—is the main entry for the upper-floor offices.

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Moving closer to 19th Street, we see the main entry to the Dairy Block’s hotel component, known as The Maven, an independent property managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality. Note the difference in floor-to-ceiling heights between hotel uses (left) and office uses (right). Here’s an updated rendering of The Maven, courtesy of Johnson Nathan Strohe, the hotel architect.

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Now at the corner of 19th and Wazee, we see The Maven is almost topped out.

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Along the 19th Street side of the project, we get a good view of the pedestrian shopping alley and how the office floors span across the alley to connect to the project’s new Blake Street building.

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The Blake Street building is the furthest along. Here are three views, moving from 19th Street toward 18th Street, of the new building’s integration with the adjacent historic properties.

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From the corner of 18th and Blake, we look back at where we started: the 6-story office component at 18th and Wazee.

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The Dairy Block will provide a major infusion of pedestrian activity and energy to a part of LoDo that’s been fairly dead (blame: surface parking lots). Here’s a final overview rendering, courtesy of Shears Adkins Rockmore:

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Let’s wrap this up with two final images I took about 10 days ago from Coors Field that nicely illustrate the Dairy Block’s contribution to the healing and enhancement of Lower Downtown’s urban fabric.

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We’ll check in again on Dairy Block’s construction progress this summer.


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #15

Both 14th Street and Lawrence Street are closed today to allow for the disassembly of the tower crane at 1401 Lawrence, the 22-story office building that recently topped out. A new crawler crane doing the disassembling has been placed in the middle of the intersection:

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An additional smaller crane is situated about mid-block on Lawrence to assist:

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High above the streets of the Mile High City, brave workers disconnect the first piece of the boom:

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Almost detached…

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Done!

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To see what happened next, watch our video:

Back in February 2015, we covered this same tower crane being assembled. Goodbye, tower crane. Hello, new high-rise!


New Cherry Creek Project: Marriott Moxy Hotel

More hotels are coming to the Cherry Creek North neighborhood! Along Joesphine Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, Marriott is bringing an international hotel brand new to Denver. The Moxy brand is millennial focused, boutique hotel concept geared towards the budget savvy traveler. This will be one of the first ‘budget friendly’ hotels to come to the Cherry Creek area.

Let’s start off with a Google Earth aerial of the site. Just like our post yesterday, the aerial still shows an existing building on the project site. The two story retail building has since been demolished.

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The Marriott Moxy hotel will rise a total of eight stories and provide a total of 170 hotel rooms. Vision Hospitality Group will be running the hotel with GE Johnson behind the construction. Designed by JNS | Johnson Nathan Strohe, here is a rendering courtesy of the Denver Business Journal.

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The project site is cleared and ready for excavation. The white building behind the project site is the 245 Columbine hotel which is nearing completion.

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Construction is already underway and will take 14 months to complete. Opening for the hotel is expected around mid-2017.


New Cherry Creek Project: 235 Fillmore

With the popularity of Cherry Creek on the rise, we can expect more infill going in around the neighborhood. Directly across the street from Civica Cherry Creek, a new office project has been proposed and site work has already begun.

The new office building, located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on Fillmore Street, will be filling in a fairly small parcel. When you look at the aerial, you will see there are existing buildings on site. A two-story retail building, named the Cherry Creek Plaza, stood on this site, and has been demolished.

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Back in April, I snapped these photos of the demolition wrapping up. Present day, the site is cleared ready for excavation to commence.

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While we don’t have any final renderings of the project, we found some plans submitted to the city, thanks to the good folks at BusinessDen. Here is what we currently know about 235 Fillmore:

The project will consist of 55,100 square feet of office space along with 9,000 square feet of retail. It crosses two zones, C-CCN-5 and C-CCN-7, meaning it will rise three-stories towards 3rd Avenue and seven-stories towards 2nd Avenue. The project is required to have 104 parking spaces; 105 spaces will be provided underground. Judging by the documents submitted to the city, this project will look a lot like 100 Saint Paul, with the step down in height and mostly glass facade.

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As soon as we receive more information on this project, including official renderings, we will post it here. Stay tuned!