Excavation work has begun on 1401 Lawrence, a new 22-story office tower in Central Downtown Denver!
There was good news on September 25th when we announced the groundbreaking of 1401 Lawrence. The 22-story, 298,000 square foot office tower will eventually make its mark on the Denver skyline but, as with all new projects, there is a long journey ahead.
Demolishing the old sales center, used for the original 1401 Lawrence condo tower proposal, was the first thing on the to-do list. The building has already been torn down and as of today, the asphalt for the parking lot has also been taken out. Here are some pictures of the site from a week ago.
All of the parking for 1401 Lawrence is above ground meaning this project will quickly rise above the street level! We will check back in a few weeks when this project is in the hole-in-the-ground phase.
At the intersection of 15th and Stout Street sat an old abandoned fast food restaurant that destroyed the pedestrian experience on a street already riddled with parking lots and not-so-pedestrian-friendly buildings. But, over the past year, that intersection has dramatically changed, featuring a six-story hotel that is nearing completion.
Before we go take a look on the interior of the building, here is a recent shot of the exterior. On our next and final update of this project, we will go down to the street level and look at the building in more detail.
Thanks to Damon Balcerak of Martines Palmeiro Construction (MPC), I was able to get an exclusive inside look at the progress being made! Everything is starting to shape up from the flooring to the walls.
The rooms are even more complete with all of the essential furniture pieces in place. Room accessories and mattresses will start to get installed over the next couple of weeks.
The aLoft Hotel features a basement, which houses the main amenities and back of the house operations. Here are some pictures of the soon to be complete pool and fitness room. The common areas of the hotel will all share an industrial look, with exposed beams and pipes throughout the building.
Given the small plot of land the aLoft sits on, the main lobby has a surprisingly open feel to it. There will be a porte-cochère entrance, mid block on Stout Street, and another entrance along 15th Street. The lobby will also include a state of the art bar, which we will cover more in depth with our final update. Here it is under construction.
The aLoft Denver City Center has an expected opening date of November 20th. We will check back in around then for our final update. Stay tuned!
Good news! DenverInfill has learned from Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the brokerage firm handling leasing for the proposed 1401 Lawrence office tower, that the official groundbreaking for the project will take place on October 1, 2014. For more about this project, visit our last update here.
By the way, the tower has gained a floor since our last report. It now will be 22 stories tall and contain 298,000 square feet of office space and 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Toronto-based First Gulf Corporation is the developer. For more information including a downloadable PDF with additional building details, visit the First Gulf’s project website.
A major new office tower is proposed for Downtown Denver: 1144 15th Street.
To be developed by Hines, 1144 15th will provide 640,000 square feet of office space in a 40-story glass tower rising up from 15th Street between Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets, sharing the block with the Four Seasons. Here’s a Google Earth aerial with the site outlined:
View looking west from a few blocks to the east:
Skyline panorama also looking west:
Nighttime view looking east from Auraria Parkway:
Wide skyline panorama looking east:
According to the Denver Business Journal, Hines is planning to build the tower as a 100% speculative project based on the strength of the Downtown market. Construction is scheduled to begin May 2015 with completion in mid-2017.
This isn’t the first time Hines has proposed this project. Twice since the early 2000s, Hines had marketed a tower at this location, but with a pre-leasing requirement that never materialized. From our DenverInfill archives, here is an image of the proposed tower (then known as 1100 15th) from 2001:
What an exciting project! We will keep you posted as more details about the project become available over the coming months.
Let’s head on over to Central Downtown Denver and check in at the aLoft project going up on 15th and Stout Street. As a refresher, the aLoft hotel will rise six stories and provide Downtown Denver with 140 new hotel rooms.
As of this weekend, the structure has gone up two stories; which is already twice as tall as the building that used to stand on this site! The parcel, of 12,500 square feet, has quite a small footprint but the aLoft will feature all of the standard amenities, including a fitness pool / spa.
The building will be comprised of a one-story podium with five-stories of timber structure above. Here are some pictures of the project from a neighboring parking garage. There are currently three surface parking lots that are around this project. The aLoft is a great step in the right direction, but wouldn’t it be great if these other lots got developed as well?
This project is already having a very positive impact on the 15th Street corridor. We should see this project complete later this year.
It has been 7 months since our last ‘hole-in-the-ground’ census and as new projects have started to take off in the past couple of months, there are fresh new holes scattered around the Downtown Denver area. This census will exclude Cherry Creek and will focus on Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods. In this census, I will give a brief description of each project along with a link to access all of the previous posts associated with that project. Let’s begin!
1 – EnV
Golden Triangle | 16-stories | 224-units | Apartments
2 – 8th and Broadway
Golden Triangle | 7-stories | 200-units | Apartments
Central Downtown | 21-stories | 361-rooms | Hotel
Union Station | 10-stories | 220,000 sq ft | Office
5 – 1601 Wewatta
Union Station | 10-stories | 300,000 sq ft | Office
6 – Galvanize 2.0
Lower Highland | 4-stories | 76,000 sq ft | Office
That’s a lot of infill going vertical this year! If you looked closely at both 8th and Broadway and 1601 Wewatta, tower crane bases are up at each site! We should see those cranes up within the next month or so!
In 2008 before the recession, Shea Properties announced plans for a two-tower mixed-use project on Block 109—specifically, the half block facing Curtis between 17th and 18th streets. At that time, the project consisted of a 24-story office tower at the 17th Street corner and a 31-story combination hotel/condominium tower on the 18th Street corner. We did two blog posts on the project which you can read here and here. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold due to the financial crisis later in 2008 and the great recession that followed.
It appears the 999 17th Street proposal may be coming back. Davis Partnership Architects, the firm that designed the 2008 version, has recently published new design versions of the project on their website. While still a two-tower design, the program and scale of the project has changed somewhat.
Under the new design, the 18th Street corner features a 28-story, 360-unit apartment tower, and the 17th Street corner features a 9-story office tower with a striking angular glass design. Both towers include ground-floor retail and a seven-level parking garage anchors the center of the block between the two towers. An amenities deck is located on the 8th floor above the parking garage.
Here are some renderings from the Davis Partnership website:
Apartment tower at 18th and Curtis:
Office tower at 17th and Curtis:
Amenities deck above the parking garage:
As of today, no development application for this project has been submitted to the city. The fact that the design has been updated since the recession, however, may indicate that the project could be coming back as an active proposal in the near future. Let’s hope! This would make for an excellent addition to Downtown Denver and remove a half-block surface parking lot in the process!