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Lower Downtown: 1510 Market Update #1

A few months ago, we reported on a new infill project—1510 Market— coming to the corner of 15th and Market next to the historic Rocky Mountain Seed Company building. The project has been working its way through the design review process at the Lower Downtown Design Review Board and will be back for another review in July. The project has already received the LDDRB’s approval for mass, form, and context, and now the final approvals remaining have to do with details such as ground-floor railings.

This rendering, courtesy of Tryba Architects, is brand new and is what will be submitted to the LDDRB in July:

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One interesting aspect of 1510 Market is that the building has virtually no brick as an exterior facade material. This reflects an enlightened interpretation of the design principles found within the LoDo district’s design standards and guidelines, which require traditional brick masonry for a new building’s street facade but does allow for the “constrained” use of other materials, such as steel and cast iron. In this case, 1510 Market’s facade will be primarily structural and ornamental steel, with brick used only on the small stairwell tower adjacent to the project’s historic neighbor on 15th Street. Yet, despite the lack of a masonry facade, the proposed building appears to fit nicely into its context and meets the other standards set forth in the LoDo design standards and guidelines: the building has a base, middle, and top, and the articulated patterns and rhythms of the facade are drawn upon and consistent with those of neighboring structures. In my opinion, this is a nice example of contemporary architecture existing harmoniously within a historic district.

1510 Market is technically an addition to the historic Seed Building at 1520 Market, and one of the Seed Building’s tenants, GoSpotCheck, will expand into and fill the entire addition, including the ground floor. Because it is common and often desirable for a restaurant to occupy the street level, the new structure has been designed to easily allow for that to occur in the future, with a grease trap and other restaurant infrastructure integrated into the ground-floor design. The patio along the Market Street sidewalk will be used by GoSpotCheck as an outdoor working and social space.

If all goes as planned, preliminary construction activities may be evident at the site in September.


Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #4

Just a few days ago we reported that construction had begun on the 19-story 16 Chestnut project in Downtown Denver’s Union Station district. Monday, East West Partners and Starwood Capital Group announced they have sold the project to Invesco Real Estate. Despite the sale to Invesco, East West Partners will continue to guide the project as developer through the completion of construction.

Thanks to Chris at East West Partners and Alana from VOCA Public Relations, we’re happy to share this very high-resolution new rendering of the tower showing the DaVita logo on the side of the building. This is the view from approximately 16th and Little Raven looking east at the Millennium Bridge. The new tower under construction is on the left and DaVita’s existing headquarters building is on the right:

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By the way, while construction has been underway for only a few days, there’s already a sizable hole in the ground at the site!

2016-06-21 Edit: Here’s an additional high-resolution rendering courtesy of East West Partners. Thanks, Chris!

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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!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #4

To wrap up the week, we have a quick post on 1709 Chestnut as a new tower crane is starting to go up! As of last night, the mast was built with the first part of the jib up on the top.

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Looking down into the pit we can see the crawler crane, used to erect the tower crane, and another tower crane base. The second tower crane will go up this weekend.

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As a bonus, here are four pictures, with fountains, of the historic Union Station building decked out in pride colors.

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Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!


Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Final Update

Given there is no pattern in location with our posts this week it tells us one thing: there is infill still going on all over Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods! Heading to Capitol Hill, we are going to take a look at the seven-story, 105-unit apartment building at 7th Avenue and Sherman Street.

Now named ‘7/S Denver Haus’, RedPeak’s new property is now complete and open for leasing.

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Here are all of our previous posts for this project:

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Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #2

Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #1

New Capitol Hill Project: 701 Sherman

Designed by Craine Architecture, this project adds a fairly new color scheme to Capitol Hill; dark brick.

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7/S Denver Haus also features blonde brick on three sides of the building.

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The west facing side, along Lincoln Street, has a setback and houses a rooftop deck along with an outdoor amenity area for residents.

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While there is no ground floor retail, the ground level is incredibly pleasant to the pedestrian passerby. The east side contains ground level unit entrances with the main building entrance on the south side.

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This project adds a significant amount of density to this area of Capitol Hill where surface parking lots are aplenty. Welcome to the neighborhood!


Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #3

Construction activities are underway at the 16 Chestnut site in Downtown Denver’s booming Union Station district.

In October 2015, East West Partners announced they were moving forward with their proposed 16 Chestnut office project, thanks to next-door neighbor DaVita agreeing to lease about two-thirds of the building for additional corporate headquarters space. Since then, the project has been going through the development review process with the city. This afternoon, East West Partners confirmed that the project is under construction. In our Update #2 post, we reported that East West Partners was aiming for construction to begin in July 2016; they beat their deadline by a few weeks!

The 19-story tower will fill the last undeveloped corner at the Millennium Bridge and will provide a significant sense of enclosure to RTD’s adjacent light rail and MallRide platforms. This is the perfect opportunity to share with you this lovely image from Ryan of the 16 Chestnut site from a few months ago:

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Today, workers started prepping the site and the adjacent streets for construction activities, and we have a hot-off-the-iPhone photo to prove it:

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In the photo above, in addition to the activities at the 16 Chestnut site, we can also see three other projects under construction: the 12- and 24-story 1709 Chestnut project on the opposite side of RTD’s Chestnut Pavilion, the 4-story 1975 18th Street project, and the three-tower 13-story Pivot project with its flagship Whole Foods on the ground floor.

The Union Station district’s build-out continues at a remarkable pace!


Central Platte Valley: AMLI Riverfront Green Update #1

Another infill development in Downtown Denver has moved from the “proposed” to the “under construction” category.

In the almost-built-out Riverfront Park area, construction recently started on AMLI’s Riverfront Green project at 18th and Little Raven. Riverfront Green will add 304 residential units in a seven-story building that steps down to four stories along Little Raven. Click here for our first post on this development back in July 2015.

Before we get to the construction photos, we happen to have brand new renderings of Riverfront Green, thanks to John from Studio PBA and Andy from AMLI.

View from Little Raven and Bassett Street:

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Corner of 18th and Bassett:

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Construction just got started, so the project is still early in the hole-in-the-ground stage.

View from Bassett Street:

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View from 18th and Little Raven:

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We will swing by Riverfront Green in the fall to check in on the construction progress.


New Lower Highland Project: Platte Fifteen

Lower Highland’s booming Platte Street is set to receive another new infill development to add to its pedestrian-oriented mix of historic and contemporary buildings.

Platte Fifteen is a proposed five-story, 160,000 square foot project planned for the corner of 15th and Platte Street. Currently, about three-quarters of the one-acre site is covered by a surface parking lot, with the balance occupied by a 20,000 square foot building holding Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers on the ground floor and Confluence Kayaks in the basement. Below is a Google Earth aerial showing the site location:

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The Platte Fifteen project is being developed by Crescent Real Estate and MDC Property Services with Legend Partners handling the retail leasing and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank managing the leasing of the office space. Denver-based OZ Architecture is designing the project. Thank you to everyone at OZ for providing the excellent images and assistance!

Platte Fifteen includes approximately 14,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and around 135,000 square feet of office space on the upper four levels. Courtesy of OZ Architecture, let’s start with this overview rendering of the project showing the Platte Street (left) and 15th Street (right) corner:

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The ground-floor retail spaces and building entry along 15th Street at the corner are set back by almost 20 feet with a covered paseo to provide extra room for pedestrians:

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As this ground-floor diagram shows, the project features retail spaces facing both 15th and Platte streets. The development includes a few ground-level parking spaces plus two underground parking levels with a total of 236 automobile and 74 bicycle parking spaces. The vehicle entry is along Platte Street approximately where the current parking lot driveway is located:

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View of the building lobby:

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The four office levels will include about 10,000 square feet of outdoor space including terraces along Platte Street and a rooftop deck along 15th Street with great views of Downtown Denver:

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Here is a building stacking diagram for the 15th Street elevation:

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One very cool aspect of this project will be its use of Cross Laminated Timber. Platte Fifteen will be the first large-scale office building in Denver to be built using this construction technique that brings the warmth and aesthetics of large timber beams common in historic buildings into a modern open floor plan environment in a high-tech, sustainable way.

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Here’s one more overview rendering with Platte Street in the foreground and 15th Street on the right:

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Through a contextually scaled building with a modern glass and brick design and pedestrian-friendly ground-floor uses, Platte Fifteen will nicely anchor an important corner in Lower Highland and increase the vitality of what is already one of Downtown Denver’s most appealing and walkable mixed-use districts.

Construction should begin in 2017 with completion scheduled for late 2018.

2016-06-10 Edit: Gross building square footage revised to 160,000 SF per new information received from the developer.


New Capitol Hill Project: Saint Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square

Today we have some exciting development news over in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. On Washington Street, between East 14th Avenue and Colfax, a permanent homeless housing project has broken ground. Not only does it eradicate a surface parking lot, it provides low income/homeless housing for the neighborhood. Here is a Google Earth aerial with the project site outlined.

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As you can see from the aerial, this block has a lot of surface parking with only two retail buildings fronting Colfax Avenue. Google Street View shows us how much of a dead zone this area is.

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This is a joint project between Saint John’s Cathedral and the Saint Francis Center, a non-profit that has been helping the Denver homeless since 1983. The building will rise six stories and provide 50 one-bedroom units that will be approximately 500 square feet each.

This project will also feature a parking podium on the first floor, and 2,600 square feet of community space on the second floor. No plans for ground floor retail have been mentioned. For the full application and details of this project head over here. There are a bunch of preliminary, small renderings on the Saint John’s Cathedral website and we have one very high resolution rendering to share with you today, courtesy of Fox 31 DenverHumphries Poli Architects is the project’s architect.

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The construction time frame for this project is still unknown, but since it has broken ground we can expect 12-18 months until completion.

EDIT – 06/10/2016 10:20am

Here are two more renderings courtesy of Humphries Poli Architects.

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