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Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #16

Denver’s new skyscraper in the making has reached another milestone. The concrete parking structure for 1144 Fifteenth has topped out and steel, for the first floor of offices, is starting to go up!

As of today, four steel beams have started framing the 13th floor. If you are having a hard time seeing it, the steel beams are on the left side of the first photo.

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Heading to the street level, we can see that the glass facade is quickly progressing on the northwest side of the tower.

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As a bonus, here is a photo taken by one of our awesome DenverInfill readers.


Steel structure almost always rises faster than concrete, so we should see brisk vertical progress moving forward. How exciting!

New Curtis Park Project: S*Park

Construction on a new ultra-green condominium and townhome development, S*Park, is underway on the edge of RiNo in Denver’s historic Curtis Park neighborhood.

Located on the full city block bounded by 25th, Lawrence, 26th, and Arapahoe streets, S*Park will provide eight townhomes and 91 condominiums comprised of a mix of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom units. S*Park is being developed by Treehouse Brokerage and Development in partnership with Tres Birds Workshop.


The green nature of this project is evident in several ways. Rooftop solar panels will generate electricity for the development while the exterior facade will incorporate reclaimed brick from former Denver buildings. A landscaped park in the center of the block will provide outdoor space for residents, and a greenhouse/restaurant and urban garden will anchor the site along 25th Street. Ground-floor commercial spaces at 26th and Lawrence will help connect S*Park to the walkable shops and restaurants on Larimer Street one block away, while the project’s three-story building heights, setbacks from the street, and front lawns mirror the lower-scale residential character of the neighboring blocks. Here’s a bird’s-eye view rendering of the project, courtesy of Treehouse and Tres Birds Workshop. Lawrence Street is on the left, Arapahoe on the right, and 26th Street at the top:


This block, along with the adjacent block to the northeast, once contained public housing owned by the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) that was demolished in the 2000s. As an interim use for the site, DHA partnered with the Colorado Renewable Energy Society to develop Sustainability Park, a three-year pilot project that featured a variety of “earth-friendly technologies and strategies for renewable energy, efficient resource use, sustainable design, urban agriculture and transportation.” Sustainability Park was the inspiration for the S*Park name and the development’s strong emphasis on sustainability and urban agriculture. The project’s next phase on the vacant block between 26th and 27th, as well as the undeveloped parcel at 27th and Arapahoe, hasn’t been designed yet but will be similar in scale to the current phase and will also feature a mix of condominiums and townhomes including a number of affordable income-restricted units under the city’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

Let’s take a tour of S*Park using the above image, starting in the upper right (26th and Arapahoe) and moving clockwise. At that corner are eight three-story townhomes featuring rooftop decks and tuck-under garages, followed by a three-story condominium building and then the urban garden at the corner of 25th and Arapahoe. On the Lawrence Street side is the greenhouse/restaurant and two more three-story condominium buildings in the middle of the block. Finally, at 26th and Lawrence, the building will include ground-floor commercial units with two-story condominiums above. For the site plan and unit floor plans and pricing, visit this page at the S*Park website. Here are a few more renderings, courtesy of Treehouse/Tres Birds:

Two-story condos above ground-floor commercial spaces at 26th and Lawrence:


Exterior of condominiums along Lawrence:


Exterior of condominiums and townhomes along Arapahoe:


Interior park:


Ground-floor unit interior with park view:


Parking for the condominium units, greenhouse/restaurant, and commercial spaces are provided underground along the Lawrence Street side of the block. I recently had the opportunity to tour the site, thanks to Clem Rinehart, owner of Treehouse Development.

Here’s a big panorama showing the excavation for the underground parking on the half block facing Lawrence:


The Arapahoe side of the block:


Mid-block along 26th Street is a large beautiful tree that will be preserved:


We will stop by S*Park in a few months with another update as construction continues.

New River North Project: HUB

A new mixed-use office/hotel development is slated for the block bounded by Walnut, 36th, Blake, and Downing streets in Denver’s popular River North (RiNo) district. Known as HUB, the 8-story project is being developed by Elevation Development Group with Jones Lang LaSalle handling the leasing. Here’s the location outlined on a Google Earth aerial:

The HUB project breaks down as follows: An L-shaped office building containing 250,000 square feet of space will cover the whole half-block along Walnut and part of the half-block along Blake closest to 36th Street. A 150-room boutique hotel will sit at the corner of Blake and Downing across the street from RTD’s 38th and Blake Station to complete the block. HUB will also include 27,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor.

Automobile parking will be located on part of the ground floor as well as on levels 2 and 3, with a total of 437 spaces to serve both the office and hotel functions. Ample bicycle parking will also be provided. A large outdoor garden between the office and hotel towers will top the parking podium, with 50,000-square foot office floor plates located on levels 4 through 8. This site plan, courtesy of the development team, shows the basic layout of the project:


HomeAdvisor announced in July 2015 their plans to relocate their corporate headquarters from Golden to Downtown Denver. After a year-long search, they have chosen to move to HUB as an anchor tenant, taking 58,000 square feet on the top two floors.

Here are several renderings of HUB, courtesy of Gensler, the project architect.

View of HUB from the corner of 36th (left) and Walnut (right) looking north:

View of HUB from Walnut (left) and Downing (right) looking west. On the right edge of the image is a glimpse of the hotel at Blake and Downing.


The design of the hotel is not as far along as the office component, but here is a conceptual rendering of the hotel looking south from the train station across Blake Street:


The outdoor garden space on the fourth floor between the hotel and office towers will include nice views of the mountains:


The site has been recently cleared of its former industrial uses and some utility work has already been completed. This is the site currently looking east from 36th and Blake:


The retail, parking, and office components will be built concurrently, with the opening planned for early 2018. Completion of the hotel component will lag by approximately 6 to 12 months.

Golden Triangle: Eviva Cherokee Update #6

When we visited Eviva Cherokee back in August, we mentioned that the glass facade had started to go up. As you would probably expect, the glass facade keeps making its way up the building. There are also a number of new elements we haven’t seen that we will cover in this update.

One of the first noticeable changes is the parking podium. The grey concrete and brick has been smoothed out and treated. Just like we see in Central Downtown, the blank walls face surface or development-ready lots.

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The base along Cherokee Street is also coming together nicely. If you look closely in the first photo, you can see that brickwork is starting to go in for the first five-stories.

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Finally, a view from 12th and Bannock. In the foreground, the Kirkland Museum is coming along nicely.


That’s not all! Today, we have a special treat for you. Here are some aerials, giving you a better perspective of this project.

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Eviva Cherokee makes a great impact in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. Just remember, this used to be a surface parking lot.

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This LEED-Gold project is expected to be finished early next year.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #15

We have a short but visually appealing update today on The Confluence, the 34-story apartment tower under construction near Confluence Park on the edge of downtown.

Thanks to GDA Architects, we are excited to share this newest rendering of the high-rise:


And here’s a shot of The Confluence from early today. It was another spectacular Denver sunrise this morning!


The Confluence is currently at the 31st floor—just a few more to go before it tops off.

Auraria: MSU Denver Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building Update #3

In our last update on MSU Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building in May, the steel skeleton of the structure was taking shape. Since then, much of the facade has been installed.

Here’s a 360-degree tour of the new building’s construction progress.

At the corner of Auraria Parkway and 7th Street looking east:


From 7th and Walnut looking north:


From the MSU neighborhood square looking west:


Near 9th and Auraria Parkway looking south:


Let’s conclude with a few renderings, courtesy of MSU Denver and Anderson Mason Dale. These are quite similar to the ones we presented in our initial post on the project in 2015, but represent what appears to be the final design.




The new MSU Denver Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building appears to be on track for its planned Fall 2017 opening.

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #15

We have a very exciting update for 1144 Fifteenth today. Almost exactly a month ago, we said we would revisit this project under two conditions:

  • If the steel structure starting rising above the parking structure.
  • If the glass facade started going up.

Today is all about the glass, as we spotted the new facade going up on the Lawrence side of 1144 Fifteenth. Here are two closeups of the new glass. Since the parking structure will be fully enclosed, some screening will be used for ventilation.

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If you look closely, you can also see some of the paneling start go up on the corner of the building.

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Seeing how there is glass lined up on every floor, I’m sure significant facade progress will be made in the next few weeks.

Lower Downtown: Market Station Update #3

The design for Market Station—the name for the mixed-use development that will replace RTD’s vacant Market Street Station at 16th and Market—continues to be refined.

Today, our update consists of a fresh batch of renderings, thanks to Continuum Partners and their design team, El DoradoBOKA Powell, and Dig Studio. Click and zoom on each image to see at full resolution!

Corner of 16th and Blake:


Corner of 17th and Market:


Internal retail paseo looking towards 16th Street:


Internal retail paseo looking towards 17th Street:


According to the developer, everything is still on track for the start of construction in late Spring 2017.

Arapahoe Square: Alexan 20th Street Station Update #1

The Alexan 20th Street Station project in Downtown Denver’s Arapahoe Square district is now under construction.

Announced just a few months ago, this 12-story, 354-residence apartment community by Trammell Crow Residential is located on California Street between 20th and 21st Streets. Here are a few shots of the early stages of site excavation.

View looking south. On the left is the alley side of the parking garage at 21st and Welton, and rising beyond it is One Lincoln Park:

View looking northwest at the Federal Building:


View straight down California Street with two of Downtown’s more prominent skyscrapers, 1999 Broadway and 1801 California, in the center.


Let’s end with a special bonus photo, thanks to DenverInfill reader Tim W.


From his view high above, we can not only see the Alexan 20th Street Station site in the center foreground, but we can also see another infill project under construction: the Renaissance Downtown Lofts at Stout and Broadway on the left with the red fence.

Another surface parking lot has been eradicated in Arapahoe Square!