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Lower Highland: Riverview at 1700 Platte Update #2

In our May 2016 Update #1 on this project, the old Empire Staples building on the site was being demolished. Two months later, excavation for the project’s two underground parking levels is underway. Here are a couple of photos from this past weekend:

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The building in the photo is the side of the recently completed Nichols Building.

Riverview at 1700 Platte will bring additional office space and ground-floor retail to booming Platte Street. As a reminder, here’s what the new building will look like, courtesy of Tryba Architects:

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Riverview at 1700 Platte is slated for completion in late 2017.


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!


Lower Downtown: Dairy Block Update #9

It’s been a couple of months since we last visited Dairy Block, and a lot has happened on the project site since then! All of the structures have topped out, the facade is starting to go up and the tower cranes have been taken down.

Let’s start out with an overview look on the Wazee Street side. The office portion of the project is receiving a red brick facade that’s progressing quickly.

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Here are two more ground level views of the office building from both Wazee and 18th Street.

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Swinging around to the 19th and Wazee intersection, the grey brickwork for the hotel, now known as The Maven, has started to go up.

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The Blake Street building is the furthest along with the facade and street level nearly complete. The architects, Shears Adkins Rockmore, did a great job integrating the new with the old.

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Dairy Block is looking sharp with the brickwork, and different facades at each corner. I can’t wait to see the final product!


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!


Lower Downtown: Market Station Update #2

Since our Update #1 in February, Continuum Partners and their project team have been refining the design of the Market Station mixed-use development to meet the requirements of the LoDo design standards and receive approval from the Lower Downtown Design Review Board. The project already received approval from the LDDRB in December 2015 for mass and scale; since then they have been working to gain approval for more fine-grained building elements such as window sills, storefront awnings, and brick detailing. The Market Station project will be reviewed by the LDDRB next week, and the city staff recommendation is for approval. If the LDDRB agrees then the project will have cleared a major stage in the development approval process.

A quick glance at the renderings below and the ones we posted in February show that the project’s design has been refined in subtle ways. These images are from the project’s July 14 submittal to the LDDRB. Image credits go to Continuum Partners and their design team.

16th and Blake:

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16th and Market:

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Market Street arcade entry:

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17th and Market:

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17th Street paseo entry:

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17th and Blake:

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Additionally, in June the LDDRB approved the project’s Streetscape Plan. Here are a few images from the project’s June 2 streetscape submittal. Again, all images are credited to Continuum Partners and their design team.

Site plan:

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16th and Market streetscape perspective:

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16th Street paseo entry streetscape:

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Market Street streetscape:

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Blake Street and 17th Street streetscapes:

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It is great to see this project’s design evolve and advance toward construction. The Market Station project will not only complete the urban form for this block, but the significant retail, office, and residential uses will create additional pedestrian activity and further enliven the sidewalks of Downtown Denver.


Downtown Denver Non-Residential Projects: June 2016 Update

Yesterday we posted our Downtown Denver Residential Projects June 2016 Update, a semi-annual summary of new housing in the city’s urban core since the start of 2010. Today we take a look at all non-residential projects—office, hotel, civic, and other uses—that are completed, under construction, or proposed. Like our housing analysis, we use a 1.5-mile radius of the historic D&F tower at 16th and Arapahoe as our Downtown survey area for this summary. For our previous assessment, see our December 2015 Non-Residential Projects Update post.

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New 1144 Fifteenth office tower under construction in Downtown Denver, June 2016.

Click on the image to view our June 2016 Downtown Denver Non-Residential Projects exhibit or view/download a high-resolution PDF version (6 MB) formatted for printing at 11″ x 17″.

Office: The only office building completed during the past six months within our Downtown survey area was the 40,000 sf Industry Phase 3 project in River North, bringing the total square footage of office space completed since the start of 2010 to 1,933,000. However, two big projects started construction since our last update: the 430,000 sf 16 Chestnut building and the 210,000 sf Riverview at 1700 Platte project. With the other projects already in progress, that puts the total amount of new office space currently under construction in Downtown Denver at 2,053,000 sf. After all office projects currently underway are completed, about 4 million square feet of space—a significant amount in any real estate cycle—will be added to the Downtown market since 2010. In looking at the office projects still in the Proposed category, it’s likely that four of them totaling around 200,000 sf (1510 Market, 1615 Platte, Market Station, and SugarSquare) will break ground before the end of 2016.

Hotel: Downtown Denver’s hotel market continues to thrive in light of record-setting attendance at the Colorado Convention Center and the Mile High City’s emergence as an urban tourism destination in its own right. The number of new hotel rooms added to the Downtown market since 2010 stands at 1,776 and the completion of the 1,128 rooms currently under construction will put the number of hotel rooms in Downtown Denver over the 10,000 mark. Since our last update, three more hotel projects were announced (1701 Blake, 1600 Market, and 2525 16th Street) bringing the number of proposed new hotel rooms in the city center to 908.

Civic/Other: Compared to the office, hotel, and multi-family residential markets, the number of new projects falling under our Civic/Other category (uses such as cultural, educational, governmental, etc.) is fairly minimal. Currently, only two projects (Kirkland Museum and MSU Aerospace Engineering) are under construction, and only one project (CU Denver Wellness Center) is proposed and is scheduled to get underway this fall. But the few new entries in this category reflect not a lack of investment in this area but more the fact that we just finished a massive civic-projects building boom; just look at the Completed list.

Like our Multi-family Residential analysis, we added a Floor column to our exhibit this time. Here’s a bar chart showing the distribution of projects by the number of above-grade floors:

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Interestingly, the results are almost identical to our multi-family residential assessment. Half (33 of 66) of the projects are buildings 5 stories or less, about one quarter (16 projects) are in the 6-10 floor range, and around one quarter (17 projects) are buildings 11 floors or taller. Huh.

Just for fun, let’s look at all projects together—multi-family residential, office, hotel, and civic/other—to get an overall sense of the scale of new developments in the Downtown area since the start of the decade. The figures below are not just the merger of the data used to produce the bar chart above and in yesterday’s residential update. In order to avoid double-counting several mixed-use projects such as 16M, which includes both residential and office uses in one structure, I had to filter out the duplicates to come up with a list of unique buildings/projects. Also, as we did yesterday, townhome projects were eliminated from the residential data set. Anyway, here’s the frequency distribution table followed by a bar chart:

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So far, 117 different projects have been completed or are under construction within the Downtown area in the past few years. That’s a lot of “urban fabric repair” going on! Of those, 23 are buildings greater than 10 stories high. And while our baseline for tracking these project is January 2010, in reality, the overwhelming majority of these projects have occurred since 2012 when the Denver economy came roaring out of the recession.

That’s it for our June 2016 summaries! You can access all of our semi-annual summaries on one page using the “Development Summary” graphic link on the right sidebar.


Lower Downtown: 1510 Market Update #1

A few months ago, we reported on a new infill project—1510 Market— coming to the corner of 15th and Market next to the historic Rocky Mountain Seed Company building. The project has been working its way through the design review process at the Lower Downtown Design Review Board and will be back for another review in July. The project has already received the LDDRB’s approval for mass, form, and context, and now the final approvals remaining have to do with details such as ground-floor railings.

This rendering, courtesy of Tryba Architects, is brand new and is what will be submitted to the LDDRB in July:

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One interesting aspect of 1510 Market is that the building has virtually no brick as an exterior facade material. This reflects an enlightened interpretation of the design principles found within the LoDo district’s design standards and guidelines, which require traditional brick masonry for a new building’s street facade but does allow for the “constrained” use of other materials, such as steel and cast iron. In this case, 1510 Market’s facade will be primarily structural and ornamental steel, with brick used only on the small stairwell tower adjacent to the project’s historic neighbor on 15th Street. Yet, despite the lack of a masonry facade, the proposed building appears to fit nicely into its context and meets the other standards set forth in the LoDo design standards and guidelines: the building has a base, middle, and top, and the articulated patterns and rhythms of the facade are drawn upon and consistent with those of neighboring structures. In my opinion, this is a nice example of contemporary architecture existing harmoniously within a historic district.

1510 Market is technically an addition to the historic Seed Building at 1520 Market, and one of the Seed Building’s tenants, GoSpotCheck, will expand into and fill the entire addition, including the ground floor. Because it is common and often desirable for a restaurant to occupy the street level, the new structure has been designed to easily allow for that to occur in the future, with a grease trap and other restaurant infrastructure integrated into the ground-floor design. The patio along the Market Street sidewalk will be used by GoSpotCheck as an outdoor working and social space.

If all goes as planned, preliminary construction activities may be evident at the site in September.