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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!


Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #2

As mentioned in our previous post, Hines will be breaking ground on 1144 Fifteenth Street on Tuesday, June 9. For this post, we’re happy to provide you with a comprehensive description of the tower and its many design elements and amenities, plus a bunch of final design renderings, all courtesy of Hines.

Let’s start with out with a bang: Denver, here’s your newest skyscraper!

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1144 Fifteenth will rise 603 feet, putting it about 40 feet taller than the top floor of the Four Seasons but about 35 feet lower than the tip of the Four Seasons’ spire, making it Denver’s fourth or fifth tallest tower, depending on if you want to count the Four Seasons’ spire or not.

The tower will have 40 floors topped by two mechanical levels for a total of 42 floors above grade, and two levels below grade. Here’s a breakdown of how the floors stack up:

Underground levels P2 and P1: Parking
Ground floor: Lobby and two retail spaces
Floor 2: Gym/fitness center with locker rooms (5,500 SF) and a Living Room gathering space (2,500 SF)
Floors 3-13: Parking
Floors 14-40: Office
Floors 41-42: Mechanical

The building will have 657,400 square feet of office space and 5,500 square feet of retail for a total of 662,900 square feet (excluding parking). The average office floor plate size is 24,900 square feet.

Let’s take a closer look at the different building areas and elements:

Ground floor: The lobby will include three elevator banks (high-rise, low-rise, and garage) as well as a grand staircase that leads to the Living Room space and gym/fitness center on Floor 2. The elevators will be of the “destination dispatch” type. The ground floor also includes typical back-of-house functions and three loading dock stalls. The main pedestrian entry will be at the corner of 15th and Arapahoe. The garage entrance will be on Lawrence Street and the garage exit on Arapahoe. The lobby will have Italian marble floors and aspen ceilings and millwork to complement orange architectural glass and stainless steel accents.

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Floor 2: The Living Room space on Floor 2 allows for tenants and guests to collaborate and socialize in a living room-style setting with library tables, a fireplace, couches and chairs, TVs, and a great view overlooking Skyline Park.

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Parking: There will be a total of 840 vehicle parking spaces, including 10 electric car charging stations, as well as bike racks and 47 lockable bike storage lockers. One of the parking levels will also include a full-service car wash. The 840 parking spaces results in a parking ratio of 1.27 spaces per 1,000 SF of space, which is fairly low. For comparison purposes, the parking ratio of Hines’ other downtown project under development, 1601 Wewatta, is 1.35 spaces per 1,000 SF. A new 16-story office project that broke ground on Tuesday in the Denver Tech Center called One Belleview Station, which bills itself as a “transit-oriented development,” has a parking ratio of 3.50 spaces per 1,000 SF.

Floor 14: The fourteenth floor, the first level with office space, includes a conference facility with 15-foot ceilings and a large terrace overlooking Arapahoe Street and the Downtown skyline.

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Plaza: The building’s plaza along 15th Street will include a black granite pyramid-shaped art installation that will reflect the building image. The retail space on the Arapahoe side will have an elevated patio.

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Floor 40 and building crown: The top office level, Floor 40, will include two small terraces, one facing the city, the other facing the mountains. The crown incorporates multiple angled glass panels that resemble mountain peaks to enclose the two mechanical penthouse floors.

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Nighttime illumination: The tower’s nighttime illumination scheme will feature a continuous LED white-light strip located in both corners of the tower’s two notched spines, running vertically from the tower base to the crown. This new-to-Denver lighting system will accentuate the building’s verticality and give the tower a stunning but dignified presence in the evening skyline.

Glass curtain wall: The tower’s glass will be high energy efficient and low reflective with a blueish hue, and 5-inch architectural fins articulating from the building with two strips per floor.

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The project has been pre-certified LEED Gold for the core and shell.

Here’s one more view of 1144 Fifteenth in the Denver skyline:

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1144 Fifteenth Street is scheduled to open in early 2018.

A big THANK YOU to all the guys at Hines for their assistance and generosity in providing DenverInfill with these great renderings and all the details about their new building!


Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #1

It was about a year ago when we reported on a significant new office tower, 1144 Fifteenth, proposed by Hines for 15th Street between Arapahoe and Lawrence streets. Since then, the project has moved through the development review and approval process with the city while Hines and their architect, Pickard Chilton, have been working hard to refine the building’s program and design.

We’re happy to report that the official groundbreaking ceremony for 1144 Fifteenth is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9! DenverInfill will be there to take a few photos that we’ll share with you later that day. As the groundbreaking approaches, Hines is getting the site ready for construction as shown in the photos below.

The parking lot at the site has been closed and barricades and fencing are being installed:

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Due to the necessary closure of the curb lane during construction, the protected bike lane and traffic lanes along 15th Street are being realigned to remain open. David at Streetsblog Denver has more on this topic here.

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Next door, the side of the Four Seasons’ podium base facing the 1144 Fifteenth site was constructed as a blank wall, since that is where the Four Seasons and a future neighboring building would share a common wall. When the Four Seasons was built in the late 2000s, 1144 Fifteenth wasn’t an active project, so a grid of slightly protruding lines was added to the Four Seasons’ blank wall as a temporary architectural detail to make the blank wall a bit less, well… blank-looking. Now that 1144 Fifteenth is moving forward, those lines are being removed so that 1144 Fifteenth’s wall can adjoin the Four Seasons’ wall, as you can see in this photo I took on Wednesday:

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On Monday, June 8, we will have a special 1144 Fifteenth Update #2 post where we will share with you a bunch of interesting facts and figures about the tower, as well as the official final project renderings straight from Hines!

June 5, 7:00 pm EDIT: Update #2 post just got moved up from Monday to tonight!


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #7

Work progresses on the 22-story 1401 Lawrence office tower located at the corner of 14th and… you guessed it, Lawrence Street in central Downtown Denver. Our last update (#6) was in early February as the project’s tower crane was being assembled.

As evident in the image below, the base for Floor 6 is now under construction. The ground floor will include the building lobby and about 9,000 SF of restaurant/retail space. Floors 2-8 are parking. The office levels will begin with Floor 9, which includes an outdoor terrace.

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The parking levels will be screened with metal panels that allow fresh air to flow through the space while mostly shielding views of the cars from the outside. It looks like the first panel piece was just installed:

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The work site is always busy busy! My office at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning is right across the street and I can confirm the project is going full speed, usually even during the weekends. Here’s a shot showing dozens of workers doing their thing. By the way, I really admire these construction workers. As I watch them from my office window, everyone seems to know exactly what they should be doing and how to do it. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do. A big THANK YOU to all the construction workers who build the buildings and install the infrastructure that give form and function to our cities!

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Let’s conclude this update with a high-resolution version (4 MB) of a rendering from our initial post on this project, courtesy of the Beck Group, the designers and builders of 1401 Lawrence. Enjoy!

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Union Station: Union Tower West Update #2

A month ago, we posted about the groundbreaking of Union Tower West; a mixed use 100,000 square foot office and 180-room hotel project going up on the corner of 18th and Wewatta Street.

The 12-story project is now fully under-construction, taking up another empty lot in the booming Union Station neighborhood. One picture tells the whole story. Excavation is underway and heavy construction equipment has started to move on site.

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For more project details and renderings of Union Tower West, head on over here.