A large redevelopment has been in the works over at 9th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and today there was a large milestone: Implosion of the 8-story CU Health Sciences Center. You might be asking yourself, why implode a, seemingly, nice building? It all comes down to cost. Institutional buildings, i.e medical use, are incredibly difficult to convert into anything else so it is cheaper for a developer to knock down the building, clean up, and rebuild the site.
Our next post, on Monday, will go over all of the plans for 9th and Colorado with some great, high-resolution renderings. In this post, we are going to cover the implosion.
First let’s start with some interior photos of the building right when they were adding explosives to the structural beams. These photos were provided by Alana Watkins of VOCA Public Relations, who also invited DenverInfill to the media area to watch the implosion. Thanks Alana!
Next up, the video. We had three cameras (two video, one still photo) focused on the building to provide you with a great implosion experience. In the video, you will see the implosion in high-definition first. Then, we were able to capture it at half and quarter speed. Check it out:
Lastly, I will leave you with some still photos I took of the implosion.
Right before implosion…
…And there it goes!
The 9th and Colorado redevelopment is a very exciting project and we will be covering it here on DenverInfill. Stay tuned for Monday’s post will all the details!
The infill tracker in me never sleeps and now with cameras always accessible, it is much easier to document it all. As my fiancee and I were at the Rockies game last night, I noticed that the second crane for the Z-Block project is now up.
Using the top deck of Coors Field to my advantage, I was able to get a great vantage point of the Z-Block and its new crane. When we covered the new tower crane at 1144 Fifteenth Street, I posted a chart with every tower crane around Central Denver. This second Z-Block crane was included in the count giving Central Denver a total of 17 tower cranes.
Looking towards Denver Union Station, you can now see six tower cranes!
There you have it, 17 tower cranes over Central Denver. Currently, we are not expecting any more to go up but I’m sure, as new projects take off, we will go crane spotting again!
I hope you aren’t getting sick of my tower crane posts yet because there is still a lot to cover as August is turning into the month of cranes. Over at 1144 Fifteenth, workers started erecting the new, red, top slewing tower crane.
But Ryan, you may ask, how do you know this is going to be a top slewing tower crane and not a luffing jib? Well, luffing jib cranes are used for tight urban spaces. They are usually near the center of the site, start out very short, and climb with the building. The tower mast for this particular crane is on the sidewalk, outside the project site away from the Four Seasons, and over 200 feet tall to clear its neighbor Park Central.
Because of the weather and wind, work on this crane will go into tomorrow. Here are some shots I took this evening of the work in progress.
How many tower cranes are around Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek? Luckily, I made a fun little graphic:
Just as you thought I was done with all of the crane coverage, more tower cranes are still popping up around Downtown Denver! This time, we are heading over to Z Block in the Lower Downtown neighborhood to check out tower crane number one of two going up on the site.
It was a quiet afternoon around Lower Downtown as the storms were rolling in, but workers were busy to get a tower crane erected. In this photo, the counterjib (back part of the crane) was just put into place.
The jib was staged along Wazee Street. Here are a couple more photos of the crane with just the counterjib installed.
Up go the main winch and motors!
After a quick lunch, and relocation to a different vantage point, work on installing the jib commenced.
Here is the rest of the jib getting put into place.
There you have it: an almost complete crane with just the counterweights missing.
Stay tuned for coverage on tower crane number two at Z Block!
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!
If you feel like geeking out on the capabilities of this particular crane, make sure you check out its fact sheet!
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!
Can you guess what type of crane this is going to be?
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.
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!