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Denver Union Station: Final Update – A Look Back

I didn’t start posting on Denver Union Station until Update 103, when construction of the project was in full swing. Before that, Rick Anstey was the Denver Union Station guru and avid poster. At the time Update 103 came out, the underground bus facility was capped from Chestnut to Wewatta, the old light rail station was long gone, the parking lots were torn up along Wynkoop Street, and construction for the North Wing Building had just started. It was still a whole different story than it is today; there was still a lot of dirt and not much vertical construction, as everything was still underground. In this post every ‘before’ picture will be accompanied by a present day photo. Let’s begin!

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Update 103 was also the last time we had a look inside the historic station. Remember Ken’s Union Station tours? That particular day attracted a large crowd as he and Dana Crawford discussed the future of the historic station.

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Fast forward to Update 105 and 106. I had my first hard hat tour of the project, which was very exciting for both DenverInfill readers and me personally. The foundation for the canopy had just started to go in and the underground bus facility was still a concrete shell.

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Then things started to get exciting above ground. My favorite piece in the whole project, the commuter rail station canopy, started to go vertical.

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As months passed, there was a lot of visible construction which made for some exciting photos. In Update 115, Ken snapped a great picture of the first fabric pieces getting installed to the commuter rail station canopy.

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Jumping to Update 121, the plazas were starting to take shape and the historic station was wrapped in scaffolding while it was undergoing a full restoration. The North Wing building had just topped out and the glass facade was peeking out from under the plastic.

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Then the most exciting aspects of the project came around: sections were starting to open to the public. It was before my time reporting on Union Station when the light-rail station opened back in May 2012 however, I did get to witness the 17th Street Gardens, commuter rail train station, underground bus facility, historic station, and Wynkoop Plaza opening!

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This project has completely transformed what was once a barren wasteland situated between two great neighborhoods. Denver Union Station is now the new hot spot in Downtown Denver and will continue thriving as the private sector developments keep rolling in. This was my personal experience from when I started covering this project to sitting here tonight typing up this post. Needless to say, it has been quite a ride. Welcome back to Downtown Denver, we are so glad you are back! I’m looking forward to hearing your experiences and stories during this project’s journey!


Denver Union Station Update #129: Final Grand Opening Preview

Like many large, complex, redevelopment and infrastructure projects, certain elements are completed before others, providing opportunities to celebrate more than one grand opening. This is the case with Denver’s Union Station project.

Construction began in early 2010. Here’s a photo from our Denver Union Station Update #1 on March 22, 2010, when excavation was just getting started (seems like ages ago, doesn’t it?):

A year and a half later, the new (relocated) Union Station Light Rail Station was the first major component of the half-billion dollar project to be finished, resulting in Union Station’s first grand opening celebration on August 15, 2011. That was followed by 32 additional months of construction after which the project’s two largest transit components, the 22-gate underground Union Station Bus Concourse and the 8-track Union Station Commuter Rail Station opened on May 9, 2014, which we covered here at DenverInfill with six very special grand opening posts and three bonus posts at DenverUrbanism. In the interim, there was also the first Amtrak train to arrive into the new Commuter Rail Station in March 2014. Then, there was the “soft” opening of the historic station on June 12, 2014, with the Crawford Hotel and a few of the station’s new restaurant and retail spaces welcoming their first customers. 

But now, the time has finally arrived for the grand finale of Union Station’s grand opening events! This SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014, is the public’s chance to celebrate the completion of the whole project, with tours of the restored historic station and a major party—food, drink, music and entertainment—on the new (and quite fabulous!) Wynkoop Plaza. The party begins at 10AM, the official ceremony is at NOON, and the festivities run through 3 PM. Here’s a link to the official Union Station grand opening page. PLEASE NOTE, if you want to take a tour of the historic station, you must have a ticket. Use this link which can also be found at the bottom of the official event page to reserve your tour tickets. Again, the final Union Station grand opening event is:

SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
17TH & WYNKOOP, LOWER DOWNTOWN DENVER

DenverInfill will be there to photograph the festivities so, if you can’t make it, look for a special Union Station Grand Opening blog post soon after Saturday’s party!


Denver Union Station Update #128: The Historic Station Opens!

As we near our final update on the Denver Union Station redevelopment, there is one final milestone in the project that has been reached: the historic station is now open to the public! On Saturday July 12th, Union Station had a soft opening, meaning only a portion of the ground floor retail and amenities inside the building are open. The grand opening and block party will be on July 26th!

To sum it up in a few words, the inside of the historic station looks absolutely incredible. Everything from the new benches and couches, to the historically accurate chandeliers, this building has gone through a complete transformation. I encourage you to head to our post from December 2012 to see the before photos!

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There will be two bars in the station. One on the ground floor and the other on the mezzanine level. The ‘Terminal Bar’ on the ground floor will feature benches on the outside as well as a seating room inside the bar.

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The second level bar will feature multiple couches and chairs along the eastern portion of the mezzanine. Bar seating is also available with a great view of 17th Street!

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The ground floor retail outside the station is done incredibly well. The patios hug the station closely with entrances scattered throughout the wing buildings.

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Last but not least, here are two views I was able to capture from the mezzanine level; one from a hotel room looking towards the Union Station neighborhood and the other from the mezzanine bar!

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This project will be complete by July 26th! We will see you at the grand opening! As the date nears, we will provide you with more information and details about the event.


Union Station: Elan at Union Station Update #4

Today we are going to check back in over at the Elan project rising in the Union Station neighborhood. This is a very critical project due to the fact that it is providing the first full service grocer in the area which is a key component to any successful neighborhood.

First, we are going to start out with a refined rendering of the project thanks to the good folks at The Mulhern Group. This is the final design of Elan at Union Station and, like many other projects currently under-construction, we can expect to see lots of brick!

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Not much as changed as far as the ground level goes; it is still a concrete shell. Therefore, for this update, we are going to be looking at the project as a whole. The southern portion of the building has topped out at five-stories with the northern portion just beginning to rise. Because of the brisk pace wood framing goes up, we should see this topped out within the next couple of weeks!

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Elan at Union Station is a very exciting project for many reasons. It is adding 307-units to the Union Station neighborhood along with a full service grocer, King Soopers, which will be easily accessible from Ballpark, LoDo, Central Platte Valley, Union Station, and Prospect residents!


Union Station: Verve Final Update

Formally known as 1490 Delgany and The Delgany Apartments, Verve, situated on the intersection of 15th and Delgany, is now complete. The 10-story, 284-unit apartment building, designed by Shears Adkins Rockmore and developed by Opus, fills in the last empty parcel on the block it sits on! Here are all of the previous posts we have on this project:

New Union Station District Project: Delgany Apartments

Goodbye Empty Lots, You Will Not Be Missed

Delgany Apartments Update #1

Delgany Apartments Update #2

Delgany Apartments Update #3

Delgany Apartments Update #4

Delgany Apartments Update #5

Union Station: The Delgany Apartments Update #6

Spring 2013: Downtown Denver Tower Crane Census

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Now for a look at the complete project, starting with my favorite above vantage point. Most of the buildings around Verve are around the same height, so the scaling of this project fits in perfectly.

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Verve makes a huge impact on the 15th and Delgany intersection. On the Wewatta side, the two-story brick building still stands with Verve surrounding it in the back. The facade used on this building is very high quality, comprised mostly of brick with accents of black and silver metal paneling. The building also features multiple setbacks with one six-story section popping out over 15th Street.

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Last but not least, here is a street view looking down Delgany towards Speer Boulevard. The retail space, accented in red, will be used by the Museum of Contemporary Art for various functions. The rest of the ground floor along Verve are walk-ups for the two-story townhomes.

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Verve is a great addition to the Union Station neighborhood for multiple reasons. It has a high quality look, and is at a great scale, fitting in very well to the surrounding neighborhood. The 284-unit apartment building already has residents moving in and, given our current market for rentals, it shouldn’t be too long before this building nears capacity. If you are curious about floorplans and pricing, make sure you head over to their website! Welcome to Denver and the Union Station Neighborhood, Verve!


Union Station: The Triangle Building Update #4

Today we are going to head back to the Union Station for some exciting news! A new tower crane, at the Triangle building site, is now part of the Union Station skyline!

Here are some pictures of the new tower crane along the 16th Street Mall. The Triangle Building will rise a total of 10-stories; roughly the same height as the Gates building across the street.

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If you remember from our announcement post, the Triangle Building will not take up the entire site; like the underground parking structure does. As soon as the parking structure is capped, the north end of the property will be turned into a public plaza with retail.

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The Triangle Building is a very exciting project, taking up the last empty lot on the southern side of the 16th Street Mall! 16th and Wewatta Street is going to be a very impressive, and urban intersection within the next couple of years! How exciting!


New Union Station Project: 17W

DenverInfill is pleased to report that a significant new infill project is coming to Downtown Denver’s Union Station district: 17W.

Planned by Holland Partner Group, developers of the 21-story Platform at Union Station project currently under construction at 17th and Wewatta, 17W is a 640-unit residential apartment community that will cover the full block bounded by 17th, Wewatta, 18th, and Chestnut diagonally across the intersection from Platform. Here’s a Google Earth aerial showing the 17W site:

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The 17W development will include approximately 70,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, one level of underground parking, and two levels and a mezzanine of above-grade parking. The total number of parking spaces, as well as the allocation of parking between the residential and retail uses, has not yet been determined. Three 10-story towers containing the residential units will rise above the retail and parking podium for a total of 13 stories that fully maximizes the site’s 140-foot height limit. As shown in the rendering below, a swimming pool will likely be located on the podium deck, but the full set of building amenities to be offered has not yet been finalized.

Thanks to Adam at Holland Partners, here are two renderings of 17W. In the first one, the 17th Street Promenade is in the foreground with Chestnut Place to the left and Wewatta Street to the right. The second one is viewed from approximately the Wewatta Pavilion, with the 17th Street Promenade to the left and Wewatta Street to the right.

Please note: these renderings are conceptual in nature and the project’s design and facade elements will definitely evolve as the project moves through the design development phase of preconstruction. For now, however, these images give us a general idea as to the form and scale of the project. The Eisen Group is the architect.

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If all goes as planned, Holland Partners will begin construction first quarter of 2015, with the first of the three towers finished by second quarter 2017 and the entire project completed and open by 2018.

We are looking forward to providing DenverInfill readers with future updates on this exciting project as it moves toward construction in the coming months!


Union Station: South Wing Building Final Update

Today we are going to head to 16th Street Mall and Wynkoop Street to take a final look at the South Wing Building also known as One Union Station! The South Wing building was opened around the same time as the North Wing Building and is occupied by Antero Resources.

One Union Station has a very similar look to its northern neighbor. The two buildings share the same brickwork pattern, and glass curtain wall facing the historic station. They do, however, have some slight differences. One Union Station does not feature balconies on the third and fourth floor nor does it have a setback in the glass curtain wall facing Wynkoop Plaza.

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The South Wing building also sits right by the commuter rail train hall with a connecting path to Wynkoop Plaza. Ground floor retail is featured on three sides of the building. The alley between the future 16th & Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex will not have retail and will only be used for emergency vehicle and underground parking access.

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There are two retail pads along 16th Street Mall which belong to 1stBank and Protein Bar. Pedestrians walking along the building will also have a very unique view of the back room operations at the Thirsty Lion. Instead of a blank wall, the Thristy Lion has their store room and kitchen in plain sight, through the glass. This is something we don’t get to see much in Denver. Neat!

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The two wing buildings are activating a part of Downtown Denver that used to be nothing but parking lots and a partially used train station. The impact these two buildings make is just phenomenal. Welcome to Downtown Denver and Union Station, One Union Station!