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Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #5

Goodbye grassy dirt lot, hello 16 Chestnut!

Excavation is currently underway for the 19-story office building.

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Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!


Union Station: Union Tower West Update #8

This week’s posts were very facade-centric here on DenverInfill. We observed new facades on SkyHouse, the Le Meridien / AC Hotel, Dairy Block, and the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex. To wrap up the week, we are going to visit one more ‘new facade’ in the Union Station neighborhood at the Union Tower West project.

The brilliant glass facade is almost complete reflecting a great shade of blue and silver. The new facade element is the parking garage screening. Silver translucent metal panels will line floors two, three, and four around the entire building.

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The silver panels fit in nicely with the rest of the facade and will stand out on a clear day.

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Union Tower West is shaping up to be a great looking project from the glass facade to the broken up massing. Next time we visit this project it will be complete!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #8

Didn’t we just do an update on the 16th & Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex? In our previous post we promised that we would revisit this project as soon as the facade started going up on the office building. The time is here to go back and check out the new facade going up.

With only dusk renderings of the project, it was hard to decipher the color of the brickwork. Present day, we have an answer: grey. When these photos were taken, it had just rained so the bricks are wet making them appear darker.

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Here are two views from under the commuter rail canopy. It was a bleak, overcast afternoon so I’m sure the grey brick will contrast nicely against a blue sky!

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There are a lot of new facades going up all over Downtown Denver. Stay tuned for one more!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #5

Last month we reported that there was a new tower crane up at the 1709 Chestnut site. In our tower crane census, we mentioned that a second crane was going in soon. Present day, the second tower crane is up and construction is in full swing.

First, let’s start with a look at the project site. Excavation is still underway however, the project is close to ‘bottoming out’. After excavation is complete, work will begin on the foundation and underground parking structure.

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A Comedil CTT561 occupies the north side of the site, helping build the 24-story tower, while a Comedil CTT331 helps build the the 12-story tower on the south side.

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While I was on the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge, I noticed that The Confluence was starting to poke up above the Central Platte Valley skyline. This view will be drastically different in a year or so.

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More cranes and more construction, how exciting!


Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #7

The 16th and Wewatta Hotel / Office Complex is making quick progress. In our last update, we reported that the 12-story, 200-room hotel recently topped out along with the 5-story, 53,000 square foot office building.

Once a building tops out, the facade is usually quick to follow. Currently, the dark brick facade is half way up and contrasts with its neighbor, The Platform. The second picture is where the hotel’s valet and drop-off is located; between the hotel and The Platform.

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There were many concerns about this project enclosing the Commuter Rail canopy. Now that both buildings are topped out, we can clearly see that there is still a lot of open air around the station.

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Here are two more photos of the project looking west; both from the street level and a higher perspective.

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The facade on the office building has not started to go up but we will visit this project again when it begins. Stay tuned!


Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #4

Just a few days ago we reported that construction had begun on the 19-story 16 Chestnut project in Downtown Denver’s Union Station district. Monday, East West Partners and Starwood Capital Group announced they have sold the project to Invesco Real Estate. Despite the sale to Invesco, East West Partners will continue to guide the project as developer through the completion of construction.

Thanks to Chris at East West Partners and Alana from VOCA Public Relations, we’re happy to share this very high-resolution new rendering of the tower showing the DaVita logo on the side of the building. This is the view from approximately 16th and Little Raven looking southeast at the Millennium Bridge. The new tower under construction is on the left and DaVita’s existing headquarters building is on the right:

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By the way, while construction has been underway for only a few days, there’s already a sizable hole in the ground at the site!

2016-06-21 Edit: Here’s an additional high-resolution rendering courtesy of East West Partners. Thanks, Chris!

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Summer 2016: Central Denver Tower Crane Census

Happy first day of Summer readers! Back by popular demand, we are going to start the week and season off with a tower crane census. There was a lot of crane action going on over the weekend so this will be a fun census. All of the tower crane photos, with the exception of one, were taken on Saturday for an accurate count; even though the count is going to be tricky.

This census is for tower cranes only. The self erecting cranes (cranes without a ladder mast or cab) on smaller builds are not counted.

Why tricky? Let’s start out with tower crane number zero. As I got down to the Union Station neighborhood, workers were taking down the crane at Union Tower West. As much as I would love to count this, this crane has been completely taken down.

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Let’s move the count in a positive direction. One and Two belong to Pivot.

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Three and Four are for 1709 Chestnut. The second tower crane for this project wasn’t up on Saturday but it should be complete today.

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Tower crane number Five belongs to the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex.

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The Confluence offers tower cranes Six and Seven. As a bonus, they were jumping the south tower crane over the weekend.

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Number Eight belongs to 28th and Vallejo and, since this is a Central Denver census, Alexan West Highlands brings number Nine to the table.

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I forgot the memory card for my other camera before I went up to take this photo so here is number Ten, belonging to Modera River North, in cell-phone-picture fashion.

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I said out loud, “No! What are you doing? I have a census to do…” as I saw what was going on at Dairy Block. A tower crane taking down another tower crane is not a sight we see everyday. Unfortunately, I can only count one for Dairy Block bringing the total up to Eleven.

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Twelve and Thirteen, belonging to 999 17th Street, are nicely tucked away in Central Downtown.

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1144 Fifteenth claims number Fifteen with Le Meridien / AC bringing the number up to Sixteen. If you look closely in the first photo, you can see the south tower crane for The Confluence continuing to jump itself.

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Seventeen belongs to the rare luffing jib over at SkyHouse. I’m sure number Eighteen, at Alexan Uptown, will be taken down very soon.

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Number Nineteen is working hard at Eviva Cherokee with Twenty and Twenty-One helping build the twin 30-story Country Club Towers.

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Last but not least, Twenty-Two stands tall above the Alexan Cherry Creek site. After a five hour tower-crane-spotting hike, I forgot to take a current picture of this one but trust me, it’s still there.

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As I was editing these photos last night, my wife nicely told me that she spotted one for Tennyson Place in Berkeley last month. After reviewing her phone picture footage, that brings our final total to Twenty-Three. Sorry, I don’t have a current photo of this one.

That’s a lot of tower cranes and about the peak number we are going to see this year. Our previous census, back in 2013, featured ten tower cranes with around three up in Cherry Creek at the time. 2016 has significantly more construction activity as the boom keeps on rolling!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #4

To wrap up the week, we have a quick post on 1709 Chestnut as a new tower crane is starting to go up! As of last night, the mast was built with the first part of the jib up on the top.

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Looking down into the pit we can see the crawler crane, used to erect the tower crane, and another tower crane base. The second tower crane will go up this weekend.

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As a bonus, here are four pictures, with fountains, of the historic Union Station building decked out in pride colors.

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Have a great weekend DenverInfill readers!


Union Station: 16 Chestnut Update #3

Construction activities are underway at the 16 Chestnut site in Downtown Denver’s booming Union Station district.

In October 2015, East West Partners announced they were moving forward with their proposed 16 Chestnut office project, thanks to next-door neighbor DaVita agreeing to lease about two-thirds of the building for additional corporate headquarters space. Since then, the project has been going through the development review process with the city. This afternoon, East West Partners confirmed that the project is under construction. In our Update #2 post, we reported that East West Partners was aiming for construction to begin in July 2016; they beat their deadline by a few weeks!

The 19-story tower will fill the last undeveloped corner at the Millennium Bridge and will provide a significant sense of enclosure to RTD’s adjacent light rail and MallRide platforms. This is the perfect opportunity to share with you this lovely image from Ryan of the 16 Chestnut site from a few months ago:

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Today, workers started prepping the site and the adjacent streets for construction activities, and we have a hot-off-the-iPhone photo to prove it:

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In the photo above, in addition to the activities at the 16 Chestnut site, we can also see three other projects under construction: the 12- and 24-story 1709 Chestnut project on the opposite side of RTD’s Chestnut Pavilion, the 4-story 1975 18th Street project, and the three-tower 13-story Pivot project with its flagship Whole Foods on the ground floor.

The Union Station district’s build-out continues at a remarkable pace!