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Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #7 (Inside the Infill Edition)

DenverInfill recently had a unique opportunity to check out 1144 Fifteenth Street from inside the fence, thanks to Dave Klebba of Hines!

It has been a while since we have seen a building over 600 feet under construction in Denver. That being said, the foundation and early construction processes are going to be a bit different. So what exactly is going on in the pictures below? Workers are drilling foundation piers that will go down over 100 feet. This will anchor the foundation which will get poured in the coming weeks. The large tubes of rebar, on the left, will get set in the hole which will be filled to the top with concrete.

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Safety, with a hole that deep, is an obvious concern. Workers are harnessed to a slab of solid concrete to keep them from accidentally falling in a hole more than 10-stories deep. Also, check out the size of the drill bits being used!

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1144 Fifteenth Street is making very quick progress and should be to the ground level by February. Then, it’s 12-floors of concrete and 28 floors of steel!

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #6 (Above the Infill Edition)

As I was ready to give you a great Capitol Hill infill tour, with around six new project updates, I misplaced my SD card right before I was able to download it therefore losing all the photos I was excited to share with you.

To make up for my week hiatus, I had the drone out and decided to take some shots of 1144 Fifteenth Street, which is now a giant hole in the ground! Flying just about as high as the tower crane, here are two sunset shots with 1401 Lawrence in the background.

Of course, no drone flight is complete until I turn it around to capture other views!


We will be utilizing aerials for 1144 Fifteenth Street as it climbs its way onto Denver’s skyline. I can’t wait!

Capitol Hill: 701 Sherman Update #2

From an old office building, to dirt lot, to busy construction site, 701 Sherman is starting to rise! As a quick refresher, RedPeak is developing a 7-story, 105-unit apartment building in one of the least dense areas of Capitol Hill.

Since our last update, a tower crane has been installed on site and work on the third floor has begun. Here are two pictures of the project from last weekend.

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Stay tuned as we visit more Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle projects this week!

Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #2

Happy Friday DenverInfill readers! To end the week, we are going to take a quick peek at SkyHouse Denver which is starting to climb up along Broadway.

This week, I am conveniently working a block away from SkyHouse, giving me a great opportunity to step outside and check out the project. The structure is now up to the 10th floor, with fifteen more to go.


If you like tracking projects on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis make sure you check out this project’s webcam. Here is a screenshot from today.


Courtesy of OxBlue:

Have a great weekend!

New Five Points-Curtis Park Project: 2810 Welton Street

Throughout the past few months, we have covered some large scale infill projects along the Welton Corridor: , and . Today, we are announcing something a little different: a small, narrow infill project between 28th and 29th Street along Welton.

Located only a block away from the 27th and Welton light-rail station, here is an aerial with the project site outlined.


All of the information for this project is contained in this document from the Landmark Preservation Commission. This project will take up two parcels, 2810 and 2812 Welton Street. The existing structures on site (the white single family home) will be demolished to make way for 2810 Welton. Here is a Google Street View image of the site.


We have some very preliminary renderings of 2810 Welton Street which were approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission with conditions. This means the design and massing will be refined over time. Again, for full details of this project and approval conditions, head on over to the submittal documents.

2810 Welton Street will rise a total of five-stories, with the top two floors set back. The first and second floor of this building are intended for retail and business use with three floors of apartments on top. The square footage and unit count of this project is currently unknown.

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2810 Welton is very preliminary as developers and financials still need to be lined up. However, finding these kinds of submittals show how strong the momentum is to develop the Welton Corridor.

Lower Downtown: Z Block Update #4

The infill tracker in me never sleeps and now with cameras always accessible, it is much easier to document it all. As my fiancee and I were at the Rockies game last night, I noticed that the second crane for the Z-Block project is now up.

Using the top deck of Coors Field to my advantage, I was able to get a great vantage point of the Z-Block and its new crane. When we covered the new tower crane at 1144 Fifteenth Street, I posted a chart with every tower crane around Central Denver. This second Z-Block crane was included in the count giving Central Denver a total of 17 tower cranes.


Looking towards Denver Union Station, you can now see six tower cranes!


There you have it, 17 tower cranes over Central Denver. Currently, we are not expecting any more to go up but I’m sure, as new projects take off, we will go crane spotting again!

Arapahoe Square: Alexan Arapahoe Square Project Update #1

A few weeks ago we announced a new 12-story, 353-unit apartment project going up in Arapahoe Square. As a project moves through the development review process, some of the first things that usually get refined are the design and massing.

Today I have a new, more refined rendering to share with you thanks to Sarah Van Severen of Kephart, the architect firm behind this project. One of the largest changes in this revision is the facade color. Instead of a solid color throughout the building’s facade, it is now broken up with lighter colors on the street level. According to Kephart, the colors for this project are not quite final and will be tweaked more in the coming weeks.


Here is the preliminary rendering for a comparison:


Project updates are always a good sign of a development moving forward. I’m sure we will have a groundbreaking date the next time we visit this project!

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #5

I hope you aren’t getting sick of my tower crane posts yet because there is still a lot to cover as August is turning into the month of cranes. Over at 1144 Fifteenth, workers started erecting the new, red, top slewing tower crane.

But Ryan, you may ask, how do you know this is going to be a top slewing tower crane and not a luffing jib? Well, luffing jib cranes are used for tight urban spaces. They are usually near the center of the site, start out very short, and climb with the building. The tower mast for this particular crane is on the sidewalk, outside the project site away from the Four Seasons, and over 200 feet tall to clear its neighbor Park Central.

Because of the weather and wind, work on this crane will go into tomorrow. Here are some shots I took this evening of the work in progress.

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How many tower cranes are around Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek? Luckily, I made a fun little graphic:


Now that’s a lot of cranes!