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Union Station: Union Tower West Update #3

Back in May we announced that construction had commenced on Union Tower West; a 12-story, 180-room hotel and 100,000 square foot office tower. Today, we have a quick update on the project.

An orange Piener 405 tower crane has been installed on site bringing the total crane count to four in the Union Station neighborhood. Here are some pictures I took Monday evening of the new crane. You can also see that 17W is beginning to rise above street-level!

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If you feel like geeking out on the capabilities of this particular crane, make sure you check out its fact sheet!


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #8

Even though we recently did an update on 1401 Lawrence, a recent milestone has been reached: the parking structure has topped out with the first office floor underway.

Here are two shots of the project from this weekend. As you can see, the office structure has a significantly larger floor to ceiling height than the parking structure.

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1401 Lawrence has 14 more floors to go which will make it roughly the same height as 1800 Larimer.


Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #4

Downtown Denver’s skyscraper-to-be has a new piece of red, crane-base-like, equipment on site. That’s right, folks. A red tower crane will soon be flying above the 1144 Fifteenth site helping build a 603 foot, 42-story office tower!

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Can you guess what type of crane this is going to be?


Union Station: Union Station: 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex Update #2

Back in April, we updated you on the 16th & Wewatta Hotel/Office Complex stating that construction has commenced. Developed by Continuum Partners, the 12-story, 200-room Kimpton Hotel and 5-story, 53,000 square foot office project now has a very tall, red tower crane on site.

Why such a tall crane? Luffing jib cranes, the one’s you typically see in tight urban areas, are significantly more expensive, and are typically in shorter supply around the midwest. Also, given the size of the site, this project would potentially need more than one luffing jib crane. That being said, a top slewing crane was erected. Because of the long boom, it has to clear its neighbors, The Platform and The Triangle Building, giving it a height of over 240 feet. Here are some photos of the crane I took with my phone last night.

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That gives us a total of three tower cranes in the Union Station neighborhood with another one coming soon. It might be time for another census!


Downtown Denver Non-Residential Projects: June 2015 Update

Earlier this month we took a look at the dozens of multi-family residential projects developed in Downtown Denver since 2010. Today, we are focusing on Downtown’s non-residential development projects—that is, office, hotel, civic, and institutional uses—during the same time period. We did something similar in September 2014, but that was for office projects only.

1144 15th Street (left) and 1401 Lawrence (right) office developments. Image courtesy of DenverInfill reader Elizabeth W.

1144 Fifteenth Street (left) and 1401 Lawrence (right) office developments. Image courtesy of DenverInfill reader Elizabeth W.

As with our recent residential analysis, projects included are those within a 1.5-mile radius of the historic D&F Tower at 16th and Arapahoe, which works well as a geographic center for the Downtown area. Click on the image below to view in full size our June 2015 Downtown Denver Non-Residential Projects map and table. Use this link to view/download a high-resolution PDF version (6 MB) formatted for printing at 11″ x 17″.

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Please note: The gross square footage figures listed are approximate. All projects are new construction with the exception of the Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station and the Marriott Renaissance Hotel at the Colorado National Bank building. These two adaptive reuse projects were included to provide a more complete look at the Downtown hotel development market.

Office: Since 2010, approximately 3.2 million square feet of office space has been completed or is currently under construction in Downtown Denver. That represents roughly a 10% increase in the total Central Business District office inventory. The number of publicly announced Downtown office projects that have not yet broken ground is now down to just a handful. This is probably a good thing, as it makes sense to see how quickly the nearly 2 million square feet of space currently under development is absorbed. Fortunately, there are a lot of positive factors driving demand for office space in Downtown these days, such as the increasing number of firms who recognize their employees want great access to transit and an engaging, walkable work environment.

Hotel: 1,430 new hotel rooms have been added since 2010 with another 983 currently under construction. All of these, with the exception of the Fairfield Inn Lower Highland, are in the core Downtown area within easy walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and/or RTD’s free MallRide or MetroRide. If and when the two hotels in the Proposed category are completed, they will put the number of hotel rooms in the Downtown core over 10,000 for the first time. Meanwhile, tourism numbers for Denver are setting records, business is booming at the Colorado Convention Center, and Downtown hotel occupancy rates are very strong.

Civic/Other: The public and institutional sectors have been busy investing in Downtown Denver, with over 3 million square feet of space added through numerous civic buildings, museums, and educational and health facilities.

The Proposed section for all three use categories is limited to those projects we’ve covered already on DenverInfill. Of course, there are more developments “in the pipeline” than these, but projects that haven’t been made public can be hard to quantify, so we’re not attempting to do so as part of this assessment.

In summary, Downtown Denver is firing on all cylinders. A strong office market fueled by companies moving Downtown for its desirable transit/walkable environment? Check. A strong hotel market driven by booming convention center business and Downtown urban tourism? Check. A steady stream of public and institutional projects reflecting our community’s desire to keep Downtown the civic heart of the city and region? Check. An off-the-charts Downtown multi-family residential market reflecting strong demand for an urban lifestyle? Check. Like all booms, this one will someday come to an end. Hopefully it will be a “soft landing” as they say. For now, however, the sheer magnitude of new infill development in Downtown Denver since 2010 (my rough estimate: $5 billion) is staggering; a sign that we must be doing something right.


New Five Points-Curtis Park Project: The Rossonian

Today you get two posts in one day from your friendly DenverInfill contributor. Since November 4th, I have had ‘The Rossonian’ sitting in my drafts waiting for final renderings and details. Seven months later, we can finally announce the project here on DenverInfill, with credible details!

Located at 2650 Welton Street, there is a bold vision to redevelop the site around the Rossonian Hotel while incorporating the original structure, built in 1912. According to the Five Points Business District, Tim Walsh of Confluence Companies announced the project specifications back in April. This development will feature 105 guestrooms, two resturants, a jazz club, fitness center, 60,000 square feet of collaborative office space, and 152 public parking spaces. Below is a rendering of The Rossonian project, courtsey of the Five Points Business District.

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Here are some front and back photos of The Rossonian site. Some demolition will be needed to make way for the 8-story structure behind the 3-story historic hotel.

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When I took these pictures back in October, fall-time was in peak and Denver was truly shining that day. Here is a bonus picture with all things city-like: trains, great urban fabric, and skyscrapers.

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A construction timeline has yet to be announced but the ball is rolling as companies are lined up to make this project happen. We will keep you updated as we get more details!


Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #3

Another surface parking lot has been successfully eradicated from Downtown Denver!

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Thank you, Hines, for the photo (and the project).


1144 Fifteenth Street Has Broken Ground!

Today is a great day for Downtown Denver! 1144 Fifteenth Street has officially broken ground! Here is a photo from this morning. Stay tuned tonight for some more photos from the ceremony.

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June 10, 8:30am EDIT:

Here are a few pictures, up close and personal, of the model that was at the ground-breaking ceremony.

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We here at DenverInfill are extremely excited to see this tower rise over the next 31 months. It has already been a great journey for both us and Hines as this project has evolved into something that will change Denver’s skyline forever. Make sure you visit the previous posts of this project for more details and renderings!