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Union Station: The Platform Final Update

The Platform at Union Station was always a special project to me. At the time of its announcement, The Platform, developed by Holland Partner Group, was the tallest project I would be following for the next couple of years, along with being the largest new project in the neighborhood. Nowadays, projects like The Confluence, 1144 Fifteenth, and SkyHouse Denver are quite taller, but The Platform will always be the first 20+ story project I followed extensively for DenverInfill.

We had quite a bit of coverage on the 21-story, 240 foot, 288-unit apartment project. Since this started right as Union Station was booming, it’s a great journey to see it go up alongside the evolving neighborhood.

Check out our previous posts:

New Union Station Project: 1650 Wewatta [Announcement]

Union Station: 1650 Wewatta Update #1 [Excavation Commenced]

Union Station: 1650 Wewatta Update #2 [Tower Crane Installed]

Union Station: The Platform Update #3 [Structure at Street-level]

Union Station: The Platform Update #4 [6-stories]

Union Station: The Platform Update #5 [11-stories & New Facade]

Union Station: The Platform Update #6 [New On the Skyline]

Union Station: The Platform Update #7 [18-stories & New Glass]

Union Station: The Platform Update #8 [Topped Out]

This final update is going to be a little bit different than our others. Instead of running out and photographing the project in a single day, I have a collection of photos, taken over the past year, where The Platform has made its mark. Not only do these photos feature the finished product, it also shows how positively it impacts our everyday views.

If you’re taking a stroll down the 17th Street Gardens, it’s very hard to miss the white facade and blue glass featured on The Platform.

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At eye level, the Union Station neighborhood has some great dense urban qualities.


Cleverly named, The Platform sits right next to the Commuter Rail canopy. It will feature ground floor retail along 17th Avenue and has a mountain themed work of art tucked away against the platform itself.

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From the Lower Highlands, it stands out on Denver’s skyline. Thank you Ken for access to the great view in the second picture!

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There are two components to this project: a 13-story and 21-story structure. You can see the step up from the front of Union Station.


The 18th Street pedestrian bridge has always given us great views of The Platform. Here is one last look before it gets covered up by its neighbor, Pivot.


Let’s wrap up this post with some aerials. As these were not shot specifically for The Platform, you can get a sense that this project has great scale and massing while making a very positive impact in the Union Station neighborhood.


Can you spot it in these last two aerials?


Welcome to the Denver Union Station neighborhood!

Union Station: Union Tower West Update #4

Today I have a special update for Union Tower West. Not only are we going to look at it from the ground, but we also got a great aerial advantage of this project. As a refresher, Union Tower West is a 12-story, 180-room hotel, 100,000 square foot office building. From a height prospective, this project will join the Cadence, Triangle Building, 1601 Wewatta class.

Over the last couple of weeks, the elevator and stairwell cores have started to go vertical, with the parking structure tagging along. There will be three stories of above-ground parking, which is almost complete.

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How about some aerials? It was a great, clear weekend to get some high visibility drone photos. There is some serious crane action going on in the Union Station neighborhood!

A few more projects still need a final update in the Union Station neighborhood, making those our focus this week. Stay tuned for those updates and some more aerials!

New Union Station Project: The Coloradan

The last remaining undeveloped parcel adjacent to Denver Union Station will be developed as a 19-story, 342-unit (for sale!) condominium tower known as The Coloradan.

East West Partners, along with Amstar Advisors, will be developing The Coloradan on the “B block” as it is known on Union Station planning maps. The “B block” is located between the rail platforms and Wewatta Street, north of Wewatta Pavilion. The site for The Coloradan is outlined in yellow on the Google Earth aerial below.

The “B block” is one of five development parcels on the original 19.5-acre Union Station property. The other four, outlined in green, are the “north wing” and “south wing” parcels (developed into IMA Financial Plaza and One Union Station), the “triangle parcel” (developed, appropriately, into the Triangle Building), and the L-shaped “A block” (developed into the completed Platform apartment tower and the under-construction Kimpton Hotel/1881 16th Street projects).


View of The Coloradan site from the top of the recently completed 1601 Wewatta:


The Coloradan will feature a mix of unit sizes and include 10% income-restricted affordable units under the city’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. The development also includes 19,000 square feet of retail. Following are images from the project’s development review application to the city; the first one below showing the view of the proposed tower from under the commuter rail canopy. The project architect is GBD Architects.


The development program for the building stacks up like this: Two levels of underground parking, a double-height ground floor with lobby/retail uses and a mezzanine, three levels of parking, and 15 floors of residential units. The building tops off around 200 feet in height with the corner of the building next to the transit canopy stepping down twice—at the 140-foot level and again at about the 50-foot level—to frame views of the canopy and to reduce building mass near the station, canopy, and pavilion. Here are four building elevations:

West elevation (facing Wewatta Street):


North elevation (facing 20th Street):


East elevation (facing the canopy and Denver Union Station):


South elevation (facing Wewatta Pavilion and the Platform apartment tower):


The project will include approximately 450 parking spaces (for both residents and retail customers), 348 bicycle parking stalls for residents, and over 30 bicycle parking stalls for retail customers and visitors. The vehicle entry will be at the north end of the tower where a short driveway will align with 18th Street at Wewatta.


Another interesting feature is that the pedestrian bridge that spans over the rail platforms will connect to the building’s second level, allowing pedestrians to directly access the building’s retail/lobby level from the bridge. Residential amenities include a fitness center and concierge on the mezzanine level, outdoor garden decks on the fourth and fifth floors, and a pool and club room on the 18th floor.

Here’s one more rendering, looking at the 18th and Wewatta corner:


Construction is expected to begin summer 2016 with completion due in 2018.

Union Station: Pivot Update #5

Hanging around the Union Station area, let’s take a look at Pivot; a huge retail and residential project being developed by Holland Partners. As a refresher, this will be a full block project with three 11-story residential towers providing 640-units. When we visited this project in August, it was just climbing out of the ground.

As of Monday, Pivot was two-stories up with the third under construction. Why does it look like a single giant building right now? The ground floor is going to be a flagship Whole Foods with three levels of parking above. As soon as the fifth floor begins, we will see the three individual 11-story buildings go up.

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Here is a ground level shot of the project at 18th and Wewatta Street. Now that the project is above ground, it will be exciting to see it rise in the coming months!


Construction is expected to be complete around April 2018.

Union Station: Triangle Building Final Update – Part 2

Ryan showed us in Part 1 the Triangle Building’s shiny angular exterior forms. In Part 2, let’s take a tour of the interior and check out some of the awesome views from the top of the building!

The Triangle Building has two main entries, one facing 16th Street and the other facing Wewatta. The 16th Street portal is the larger of the two and offers views of the gorgeous lobby that features white quartz walls, white terrazzo floors and a dramatic swoopy ceiling made of polished wood. The project architect is Anderson Mason Dale.


Due to a site grade change between the building’s east and west sides, the lobby steps down from the 16th Street entry to the Wewatta entry:


Looking back at the main entry, a distinctive glass TRIANGLE sign above the door captures the light in different ways throughout the day and is illuminated in the evening:


The quartz, terrazzo, and wood design features extend through the lobby to the smaller Wewatta entry (complete with its own TRIANGLE sign), next to which is the entrance to the underground parking garage.


The floor-to-ceiling glass used for the retail spaces on the ground-floor have been carried up to the second level, where tenant finish is just getting underway for WeWork, which will occupy several floors in the 10-story building (the other major building tenant announced so far is Liberty Global):


Here we see the building’s standard open floor plate:


The subtle step along the Triangle building’s Wewatta elevation (or the hypotenuse to be more geometrical than architectural about it) provides each triangle-shaped floor plate the opportunity to have four “corner” offices, according to East West Partners‘ Ryan Stone. (Thank you Ryan for the great tour!)


Let’s go to the roof where awesome views abound!

To the southwest down Wewatta Street towards the Pepsi Center:


To the south and Downtown Denver’s growing skyline:


To the southeast looking up the 16th Street Mall:


Denver Union Station, Coors Field, and LoDo to the east:


Across 16th Street to the northeast, the Union Station commuter rail platforms and, in the foreground, excavation for the Kimpton Hotel/1881 16th Street projects:


To the north, the Pivot, Union Tower West, and 1975 18th Street projects are making steady progress:


To the northwest and the Millennium Bridge:


Looking west at the Speer bridge over the South Platte River and Elitch Gardens:


Finally, one last view from where we started, looking southwest along Wewatta, where the Triangle building’s sleek facade mirrors its urban surroundings:


That’s it for our coverage of the Triangle building! However… we will next take a look at the cool urban plaza wrapping up construction along the Triangle’s edge.

Union Station: Triangle Building Final Update – Part One

A lot can be said about the recently completed Triangle Building; a new 10-story, 220,000 square foot office tower in the Union Station neighborhood. “It disappears in the blue sky.” “It is the sharpest building in town.” “It changes dimensions when you cross the street.” Today, we are going to prove those theories with a photographic tour of the exterior.

First, let’s start by recapping all of our coverage for the Triangle Building.

New Union Station District Project: 16 Wewatta

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

Union Station: 16 Wewatta / Triangle Building Project Update

Union Station: 16 Wewatta Update #2

Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #3

Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census

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Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #5

Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #6

Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #7

Now for the photo tour! “It disappears in the blue sky.” The facade is comprised completely of highly reflective glass that reflects the sky and its surroundings. From certain angles, the Triangle Building blends in with the sky and reflects all of its surroundings.

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So what is the true color of the glass facade? When in direct sunlight, you can see that the glass has an aquamarine tint.

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“It is the sharpest building in town.” This is meant to be taken very literally as the Triangle Building has some very sharp edges. Next time you are in the neighborhood, stand right at the base of the building and look up!

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The rear of the project, towards 15th and Wewatta Street, has a setback and outdoor space on the top floor. The plaza is still under construction, but we will take a visit in part two of this final update.

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If you were to look at this building from above, you would see that it has a triangular footprint. However, when viewed at both edges along Wewatta Street, the building also makes a triangle from the street level. Below are two examples of that.

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“It changes dimensions when you cross the street.” When standing on the corner of 16th and Wewatta, it seems as if the Triangle Building loses a dimension and goes 2D. Is it a glass screen / wall, or is it just the Triangle Building?


For over a year, the Triangle Building was on the edge of the commuter rail canopy, completing the street wall along 16th Street. This is all going to change soon as the 16th and Wewatta Kimpton Hotel / Office Complex is rising on the parcel at the end canopy.


In part two, Ken will give us an inside look with some awesome views from the top of the Triangle Building. Stay tuned!

Union Station: 1601 Wewatta Final Update – Part 2

In Part 1, Ryan highlighted the exterior of the just-completed 1601 Wewatta project, so now let’s take a final “Inside the Infill” tour of this shiny new 300,000-square foot office building by Hines.

The lobby is beautiful, featuring imported polished gray slate walls leading to the elevators and wood-paneled walls on the sides. A glass curtain wall floods the lobby with natural light and views of the entry plaza:




Tenant finish on the office floors hasn’t begun yet but the open floor plates with 10-foot ceilings offer plenty of options for office layouts. Here’s a view of the 10th floor along the building’s distinctive gentle concave curve:


Let’s check out a few views from 1601 Wewatta:

Hello, Millennium Bridge!


Here’s a nice shot up 16th Street looking towards the Central Business District. In the foreground, the excavation for the Kimpton Hotel Denver Union Station is in progress:


The Wewatta Street curve between 15th and 16th now fully framed by buildings:


1601 Wewatta features several terraces on the upper floors that provide outdoor spaces for office users. Here we are on the 3rd floor terrace overlooking 16th Street and a close-up of the concave glass wall:


On the other side of the building nestled between Chestnut Place and the Cadence apartments is the 4th floor terrace—an elevated oasis set within a strong urban context:


Finally, another view from a 3rd floor terrace looking down at the public plaza at the building’s entry. A full-service restaurant will occupy part of the ground floor with outdoor seating on the plaza:


Retail and fast-casual restaurant tenants will fill the remaining ground-floor spaces along 16th and Chestnut, and the Colorado Athletic Club will open a full-service facility occupying the entire second floor.

DenverInfill extends a big THANK YOU! to Dave Klebba and Matt Greenberg from Hines for all their help with information about 1601 Wewatta and several awesome tours inside the project. To view all of our posts on this project, don’t forget to use our 1601 Wewatta tag.

Union Station: 1601 Wewatta Final Update – Part 1

I’m back! After a busy month of photography projects and moving, I can finally get back on track with providing you with construction updates. Let’s start out with a final update of 1601 Wewatta. As you probably noticed in the title, this is only part one, which will cover the exterior of 1601 Wewatta. This week Ken will provide part two: an exciting inside tour of the completed building.

Along the 16th Street Mall, 1601 Wewatta has a very unique curve with a glass curtain wall wrapped around. In the curve sits a plaza for office tenants and future ground floor retail patio uses. It may look like the glass is tinted a dark blue, but in reality it is a reflective clear glass and the blue hue is from the sky.

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In addition to the glass curtain walls, stone masonry is incorporated on the facade.

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Here are two additional shots of 1601 Wewatta from the Millennium Bridge and the Light Rail station. Chestnut Street, between 16th and 17th, now has a complete street wall comprised of both Cadence and 1601 Wewatta.

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There has been some mixed feedback about the need for another plaza in the Union Station neighborhood but fear not, 1601 Wewatta’s plaza is very inviting and integrates along the street very nicely. I took some night shots of the glass feature, which lights up and changes color! Ken will go more in depth with the plaza in his post.

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Stay tuned for the inside tour in part two!