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Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #6

It’s been only five weeks since Ryan gave us Update #5 on this project being developed by Continuum Partners, but two new milestones have been reached on this highly visible project on 16th Street next to the Union Station commuter rail platforms.

First, both the 12-story Hotel Born (by Kimpton) and the 5-story companion office building have more-or-less topped out:

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Wait, what’s that visible in the second photo? Yes, another milestone: brick!

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The hotel’s valet/drop-off drive will be located via Wewatta in the gap between the hotel tower and the 21-story Platform apartments next door:

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Let’s wrap up this post with two additional photos because, why not?

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Have a great weekend, Denver!


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #7

Staying in the Union Station neighborhood, let’s check in on Union Tower West, a hotel and office tower going up across the street from Pivot. From the initial renderings, we were very unsure on how the building would actually look from a materials standpoint.

That being said, every time I pass by this building, it exceeds all of my expectations. A brilliant blue glass facade is climbing up the structure and is now to the office level. The bottom four floors without glass are dedicated to parking. A four-story sheltered canopy will front the building with metal screening around the rest of the parking deck.

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After 18th Street, Wewatta Street curves right were Union Tower West is going. To compensate for that, the sheltered plaza comes into play with the main building setback from the curve.

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The back of the building has the same facade as the front however, there are no structural setbacks. The 1975 18th Street affordable housing project will cover up the back of the parking structure.

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Union Tower West is going to be a complete success in the Union Station neighborhood with great height, form, and materials. I cannot wait to see the final product!


Union Station: Pivot Update #8

Have you spent a weekday afternoon in the Union Station neighborhood? It’s bustling with activity at every corner with tower cranes swinging around and construction noises aplenty. One of the very busy project sites is Pivot, where three 13-story towers and a flagship Whole Foods are rapidly rising.

The west tower has fully topped out with the east tower following closely. The north tower has just started to go vertical and is currently three stories up.

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Moving west, there is something going up we have yet to see: glass! The majority of the facade on Pivot is comprised of glass. A lot of the new projects around Union Station have glass curtain walls; glass facades that look more or less like a single pane of glass. Pivot is a little bit different and has a more traditional, cut-out glass look.

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However, Pivot will not be an all-glass building. There are some masonry elements that will breakup the glass facade as you can see below.

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Isn’t all of this new density wonderful?

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The Union Station neighborhood is growing up to be a wonderfully dense area with multiple high-rises still underway. What an exciting time for Downtown Denver!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #3

Back in April, we were very excited to see that excavation commenced on the large field at 17th Street and Chestnut Place, which will eventually house 500 apartment units in both a 12- and 24-story tower. Some dirt movement is always a great sign that construction should be underway but a sizable hole in the ground and a tower crane base is a guarantee that this project is a go!

In a sea of red tower cranes, a white crane will stand tall above the 1709 Chestnut project site. Given the size of the project, it wouldn’t surprise me if one or two more tower cranes go up in the near future.

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Construction in the Union Station neighborhood is incredibly busy right now and, with yet another project starting, it’s going to be a very busy summer!


Union Station: The Coloradan Project Update #1

Back in November, we announced a new 342-unit condo project proposed in the Union Station neighborhood. Recently, the project, named The Coloradan, showed up on the Denver Planning Board and is going to go under review with a staff recommendation of ‘Approval with Conditions’.

But, that’s not the only great news for this great project. We also have some new, super high resolution renderings thanks to Chris Frampton of East West Partners!

First, let’s start out with the street level. As a disclaimer, these renderings, especially at the street level, are not final. There will still be minor tweaks as the project goes through the review process.

Make sure you click to embiggen as each rendering is at a very high resolution.

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Next up, the view from the Commuter Rail canopy. The Coloradan has a large setback which breaks up the mass, making it more friendly and visually appealing at the street level.

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Here is the view from 18th and Wewatta Street. The transparent building in the foreground is the 13-story Pivot project.

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And finally, the 19-story project rendered into a real life aerial photo.

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The last rendering is very special to me because I flew the aerials for GBD Architects, the project’s architect, back in January. It’s really neat to see what came out of it. Here is the original photo, without The Coloradan, for reference.

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Since this project is still under review, we don’t have a construction timeline just yet. However, we are going to have a neat post coming up in regards to The Coloradan on DenverUrbanism. Stay tuned!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #5

Talk about quick progress! The 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex is rapidly rising. As I was in the area, I decided to take a few photos of the progress. Another update never hurts, right?

The hotel structure is now over halfway up, at seven stories. It will eventually top out at a total of 12 stories and feature a dark brick and glass facade.

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For the sake of comparison, the 12-story Hotel Born will be roughly as tall as the Triangle Building, and the grey blank wall of The Platform.

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The office portion is currently up four stories and will top out at five stories. You can also now clearly see the opening between the two buildings which will be used by pedestrians to access the commuter rail platforms.

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To wrap up, here are four shots of the project from the commuter rail canopy. This project is just starting to close in the space between the canopy and the 16th Street Mall. Ground floor retail will be featured along the inside of the commuter rail canopy.

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We should see this project topped off by mid-summer with the facade following behind. Tomorrow, we have an exciting post coming up. Stay tuned!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #2

It’s official! The project at 17th and Chestnut Street is underway. Right on the edge of the Union Station light-rail station, a 12 and 24-story tower will start rising over the next year or so. As a refresher, here are some preliminary renderings from our announcement post. This development will feature approximately 500 apartment units.

Edit 04/04/16 – 1:20PM – Here are some slightly refined renderings of 1709 Chestnut thanks to our friends at Shears Adkins Rockmore.

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Here is what the site looks like as of this weekend. Excavation and drilling is now underway, with heavy construction equipment starting to move onto the site.

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To show how large of a site this is, and how much impact this building is going to have on the neighborhood, here is a very high resolution aerial I took back in February. Make sure you click to embiggen!

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The project site is directly across the street from Pivot.

The empty parcels in the Union Station neighborhood are filling up fast!


Union Station: Pivot Update #7

When we visited Pivot last month, we featured some aerial views of the project. For this update, we are going to check out the project from the most important view of any urban development, the ground level.

Pivot is not a small project by any means. Three 11-story towers containing 640 apartment units, over two levels of retail and parking, all on an entire city block is no small feat. At this moment, each tower is at a different height, with the tallest up 9-stories with three to go.

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Pivot will primarily have a glass facade with stone and concrete elements mixed in. The concrete and stone facade is going up first which you can see in the photos below. I’m sure we will start to see glass go up in the next few weeks.

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With 1601 Wewatta, Cadence, Pivot, and Union Tower West, the Wewatta Street wall is starting to become very impressive!

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When topped off, Pivot will be the same height as its neighbor Cadence, which is to the right in both photos below.

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We will come back to Pivot once we start see the glass facade go up. Stay tuned!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #4

Hanging around Union Station, let’s check in on Continuum Partner’s project over at 16th and Wewatta. This two building, hotel and office, project is starting to quickly take off.

The hotel structure, in the first picture, is three-stories up. Topping out at 12 stories, this building will reach the height of the grey blank wall on The Platform tower behind it. In the second picture, we can see that the office portion is two-stories up. It will top out at a total of five stories; the same height as both the North and South Wing buildings.

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This project is going up right on the edge of the commuter rail canopy and we can now see exactly that! Ground floor retail, in both the office and hotel buildings, will line the edge of the canopy creating a great enclosed space for commuters and visitors.

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With these buildings now going vertical, the 16th Street Mall street wall is starting to get very impressive from the Millennium Bridge to Union Station.

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To end this post, I give you one last shot of the commuter rail canopy from a gorgeous February day.

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The completion of Block A, consisting of this project and The Platform, is a momentous step in completing the Union Station neighborhood build out. We will check back in a couple of months when both buildings are nearly topped out.