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Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #3

Today I have a very quick update on a great Central Downtown project: 999 17th Street. On Saturday, a new red tower crane started to go up on the project site! Here is a quick aerial of the progress. The jib was just getting delivered as I took this photo.


We will head on over to the project site and check on the progress once the new tower crane is fully assembled!

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #9

Goodbye hole in the ground, hello rising core! Downtown Denver’s largest project is officially out of the ground.

Watching a project like 1144 Fifteenth Street is quite the journey. From the ground-breaking ceremony to watching giant foundation piers go down over 100 feet and needing aerial coverage for peeking in the hole, we can finally see this 40-story, 603-foot tall tower rise from the street.

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So what’s next for 1144 Fifteenth Street? The parking structure, which will rise 12-stories. This will be the slowest rising segment due to the concrete framing and structural support that is needed.

How about a couple of bonus photos! Here is one from the good folks over at Hines.


And another sent to us from DenverInfill reader Elizabeth W.


Thank you for the fantastic photos and unique perspectives of this great project!

Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #10

Let’s head on over to another Central Downtown project that’s making its way onto the Denver skyline: 1401 Lawrence. This 22-story building is close to topping out, but that’s not what we are focusing on today.

Glass! The glass curtain wall has started to go up on the 298,000 square foot office building. Here are some pictures from a great, clear weekend.

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Over the last couple of updates, we had readers asking what this project looks like from the courtyard in Larimer Square; also where the patio for Bistro Vendôme is located. Here is a picture of that along with a view from the other side, looking down 14th Street.

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Here are a couple more views for your Thursday morning.

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As a bonus, here is a unique view of 1401 Lawrence. Thank you DenverInfill reader Elizabeth W. for sending us this photo!


1401 Lawrence will top out in the next few weeks, and you can count on us doing another update for that milestone!

Central Downtown: Block 162 Update #1

In our first post about the new 32-story office tower proposed for Downtown Denver’s Block 162 by the Patrinely Group, I mentioned I would have a follow-up post that provides some background on the redevelopment efforts for this key block in central Downtown. Here it is.

First, if you’re not familiar with the saga of Block 162, check out some of the 29 previous posts I’ve published about the block (Fontius Building Part 1 and Part 2 are particularly informative), plus a few oldies from the original DenverInfill website, such as my post of November 13, 2005 and several from June 2006 (including my rant of June 8). Also of note is my Inside the Fontius special feature. However, the single best source for the story of Block 162’s redevelopment through late 2007 is my friend Joel Warner’s excellent Westword article, Evan Almighty.


The dilapidated Fontius Building on Block 162, March 2007.

I recently met with Evan Makovsky, as I have done periodically over the past few years, to discuss the latest in Block 162’s redevelopment. Shortly after Mr. Makovsky assembled the properties on Block 162 and completed the beautiful restoration of the Fontius into what is now known as the Sage Building, the US economy tanked. The Great Recession put a major hold on Mr. Makovsky’s plans for any new construction on Block 162.


A newly restored Fontius (now Sage) Building during the DNC, August 2008.

During the recession years of 2008-2011, there was still planning work that could be done until the economy improved. Makovsky’s team evaluated various development concepts and explored different design alternatives for the block, most of which were based upon a core vision that included office and hotel uses. Additionally, several development scenarios incorporated an urban Target store onto the site. As the economy strengthened into 2012 and beyond, negotiations with Target continued for a potential store on Block 162. However, during this time, Target was also reevaluating the configuration and size of their urban stores. Consequently, Makovsky and Target went through numerous rounds of design iterations spanning several years. Ultimately, however, a deal with Target for Block 162 did not materialize.

Meanwhile, Mr. Makovsky also explored another scenario that would have incorporated a public observation tower into the redevelopment plan. His team explored different design, phasing, siting, and program options for an observation tower on the block, but the options that proved to be financially desirable had drawbacks in other areas that would not have resulted in the best plan for the overall development.

Even developing hotel and office towers concurrently on the site is a challenge. Hotel and office developments have different financing requirements, construction schedules, and other characteristics that make it difficult to coordinate them into a single project. Therefore, instead of possibly missing out on the current strong economic conditions by trying to combine both towers into one development, Mr. Makovsky decided the best way to make progress on the block’s redevelopment was to split the office and hotel towers into separate components and let other developers pursue the vertical development, with Makovsky mostly participating as the land owner. That’s where the Patrinely Group comes in, which has an option on the office component.

The future hotel tower at 16th and California is still in the conceptual stage, and which firm or firms would develop the hotel tower remains to be seen, with several options under consideration. Integrating the hotel tower with the historic McClintock building at 16th and California will require significant collaboration and consensus with the city, the historic preservation community, and others. Potentially, the hotel component could advance to a point where it and the office tower could be built more-or-less at the same time. Alternatively, the hotel tower could be developed later as a stand-alone project from the office tower. Either way, the conceptual design for the block creates synergistic relationships between the podiums of the two towers and a unified aesthetic to the block, regardless of whether the towers are developed concurrently or separately.

The story of Block 162’s redevelopment will continue to unfold over the next several years. Fortunately, the local economy is booming and demand is strong for both hotel and office uses, so the future for Block 162—featuring one of the largest gaps in Downtown’s urban fabric—looks pretty good.

New Central Downtown Project: Block 162

A new office tower is proposed for 15th Street between Welton and California in central Downtown Denver.

The Patrinely Group, headquartered in Houston, is currently planning a 606,500-square foot, 32-story office tower for across 15th Street from the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel. The project is named Block 162 for the site’s block number on the original plat map of Boyd’s East Denver survey of 1859. I’ve had a lot to say about Block 162 on this blog and, in a future post, I’ll update the saga of the block’s redevelopment that has led us to this point.

Here is a Google Earth aerial showing the building’s footprint, followed by a rendering (courtesy of Patrinely Group) of the proposed tower within the Downtown Denver skyline:



The project is still in the pre-application stage with the Denver planning office, so the following images (courtesy of the Patrinely Group) represent preliminary designs only and are subject to further modifications and refinement. The Block 162 redevelopment plan also includes a hotel tower at 16th and California that is shown in the first two renderings below. However, the hotel component is currently not part of Patrinely’s proposed office tower project and is only conceptual at this point.

View looking west with the proposed Block 162 office tower on the left. Center foreground is the intersection of Welton (left) and 16th (right):


View looking east at the corner of 15th and California. On the left is part of the base of the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel:


Detailed view of the building lobby at the corner of 15th and California:


The proposed tower includes three levels of below-grade parking, ground-floor lobby and café, 10 floors of above-grade parking, and 21 floors of office space above that. Here’s the tower’s stacking diagram followed by the ground-floor plan:



The 12th floor—the first level above the parking podium—contains a fitness center, social lounge, meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, and some leaseable office space. Here’s the floor plan followed by a rendering of the outdoor terrace and social spaces:



Patrinely Group is currently marketing the tower but has not announced a construction schedule, if the tower will be built on a speculative basis, or if a pre-leased minimum is required.

The proposed Block 162 office tower will certain fill a major hole—one of the largest remaining—in Downtown Denver’s urban fabric. That’s good news!

Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #2

While we are still waiting for an official press release, along with renderings of 999 17th Street, construction has, without a doubt, started on this Central Downtown site. To get a feel of what is actually going to go vertical, head on over to our January 2014 post where we posted some public yet very preliminary renderings.

As of this past weekend, we observed that caisson drilling has begun along with the rest of the parking lot getting torn out. Here are two photos of exactly that!

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As soon as we get some official details on this project, you will be the first to know!

Central Downtown: Le Meridien/AC Hotel Update #2

Let’s head on over to another part of Downtown Denver that has suffered from the curse of surface parking lots: 15th and California where the Le Meridien / AC Hotel is underway. As a refresher, this is a 20-story, 480-room project situated a block away from the Colorado Convention Center.

Back in October, we announced that the project had broken ground, with the parking lot torn out. Since then, excavation work has commenced and a tower crane base now site on the site!

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I’m sure we will visit this project again once the tower crane is installed, which should be in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #1

In 2014 we reported on 999 17th Street, a proposed mixed-use development occupying the half block along Curtis between 17th and 18th streets that would include an apartment tower anchoring the 18th Street corner and offices at the 17th Street corner. Over the past year, the project has been working its way through the development review process with the city.

As many of you may have recently noticed, preliminary site work has started on a portion of the property. Here are a few photos I took the other day of the site:

18th Street corner:




Towards 17th Street:


While the developers are not ready to officially reveal the details of the project quite yet, a formal announcement should be forthcoming in early 2016. Until then, we can take joy in knowing that another surface parking lot in Downtown Denver has been eradicated!