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Uptown: Alexan Uptown Update #4

Alexan Uptown has topped out at 12 stories! The project has been going up quickly thanks to a relatively new technology. Here is what we said about the structural system in our previous post:

The steel used for the structure is a fairly new technology; they are using what is called the Prescient system. Each steel beam is prefabricated and snaps into place; there is no need for welding.

Alexan Uptown has quite a presence when looking at it from Benedict Fountain Park. The 12-story project is roughly the same height as its neighbor across the street and also maximizes on the allowable height per the zoning code.

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The brick facade, which will be featured on the first four levels, is starting to shape up nicely. We are not sure what the upper levels will look like, from a materials standpoint, just yet. For a refresher, head on over to our announcement post for renderings and more details.

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Alexan Uptown encloses Logan Street and helps make it one of the densest blocks in Uptown. Remember, this project site used to be an entire half block of parking. Next time you are in the area, make sure you walk the street and check it out!

Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #5

999 17th Street is moving right along. With hardly any underground work, the apartment structure, 1776 Curtis, is already up three stories in a mere two months. This includes the parking structure, which takes longer to build.

Before we begin, we finally have some final renderings of the 27-story apartment building, courtesy of Davis Partnership Architects, the project’s architect. As we can see from the renderings, there will be a shared six story parking deck with ground floor retail and an amenity deck on top. Final designs for the office building have not yet been released.


The apartment building is built right to the corner of 18th and Curtis Street taking away a huge hole in Central Downtown.


Let’s check in on the progress. In the first photo we can clearly see 999 17th Street’s neighbor, 1001 17th Street. So what does a 1970’s era building have to do with this project? The apartment tower (315-feet) and 1001 17th Street (330-feet) will be roughly the same height. This gives us a great idea of how much impact this building will have at both a street level and skyline perspective.

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The apartment building will be a single structure between the residential units and parking deck. Right now, it is indistinguishable between the two uses.

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The office building, which will be just taller than the Hotel Monaco next door, has not yet started but will be completed in the same time-frame as everything else. This will also fill in a gap and help complete the street wall along 17th Street.

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999 17th Street is going to be a fun project to watch due to the fact it is going up in the densest part of Downtown Denver and filling in one of the largest holes in the Central Downtown urban fabric.

Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #11

The Confluence, a 34-story, 288-unit apartment project, is quickly going up! After almost a year and a half of underground work, the tower is starting to rise above everything in the Central Platte Valley.

Even though this isn’t going to be an in depth update, these two pictures tell the tale. The low-rise building, at the intersection of 15th and Little Raven Street, is currently up three stories with two more to go. The main high-rise building is up eight stories with 26 more to go; approximately three times taller than what you see below . This is going to be one tall project!

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When we swing around to visit The Confluence again, we will start to see what kind of impact the 34-story tower will have on the Denver skyline.

Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #5

Let’s quickly head over to Upper Downtown to take a look at Skyhouse Denver; a 25-story, 354-unit apartment building. Since the structure has topped out, the facade has been making its way up with the parking garage making steady progress.

The parking structure going in is a peculiar thing. First off, they are building it like you would any high-rise structure with a tower crane and concrete pours; no precast construction is being utilized. It would almost seem as if it is being built for a second tower to go on top at a future date but that is pure speculation at this point.

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SkyHouse Denver fills in a huge gap in the sea of parking lots around this part of Downtown Denver. Next time we visit it, we will take a look at the completed project. See you then!

New Uptown Project: SOVA

A new 12-story apartment building is planned for the corner of 19th Avenue and Grant Street in Denver’s Uptown district.

The project, known as SOVA, is being developed by McWhinney, the Colorado-based firm currently under construction with the Dairy Block in Lower Downtown and a partner in the renovation/reuse of the historic Denver Union Station.

SOVA will replace an ugly surface parking lot (yay!) and complete the west side of Grant between 19th and 20th, sharing the block face with the Grant Park project that was completed in May, 2007. Here’s a Google Earth image with the site outlined:


SOVA will include 211 units, six of which are ground-floor townhomes facing Grant Street with patios and planters along the sidewalk that add interest to the pedestrian environment. Also on Grant, close to the corner with 19th, is the main building entry leading to a light-filled lobby space. The two renderings below are courtesy of Craine Architecture, the project architect. First, the view of the building’s southeast corner, with Grant Street on the right and 19th Avenue on the left:


Close-up view of the ground-floor townhome units along Grant Street, looking southwest:


SOVA will include 211 automobile parking spaces for an exact 1:1 parking space/unit ratio. A small amount of parking will be located on the ground floor with the balance located on one underground level and two above-grade levels. Vehicle access will be provided through an entry on 19th Avenue and a second entry on the alley. Also included will be space for over 100 bicycles plus a bike and ski repair room, and a spa for residents.

The project is currently under review with the city, so the renderings above should be considered subject to further revision, and the building’s program may be tweaked in the future.

SOVA will fill a sizable gap in Uptown’s urban fabric and significantly improve the pedestrian experience in the area!

Union Station: Pivot Update #8

Have you spent a weekday afternoon in the Union Station neighborhood? It’s bustling with activity at every corner with tower cranes swinging around and construction noises aplenty. One of the very busy project sites is Pivot, where three 13-story towers and a flagship Whole Foods are rapidly rising.

The west tower has fully topped out with the east tower following closely. The north tower has just started to go vertical and is currently three stories up.

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Moving west, there is something going up we have yet to see: glass! The majority of the facade on Pivot is comprised of glass. A lot of the new projects around Union Station have glass curtain walls; glass facades that look more or less like a single pane of glass. Pivot is a little bit different and has a more traditional, cut-out glass look.

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However, Pivot will not be an all-glass building. There are some masonry elements that will breakup the glass facade as you can see below.

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Isn’t all of this new density wonderful?

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The Union Station neighborhood is growing up to be a wonderfully dense area with multiple high-rises still underway. What an exciting time for Downtown Denver!

Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #3

Back in April, we were very excited to see that excavation commenced on the large field at 17th Street and Chestnut Place, which will eventually house 500 apartment units in both a 12- and 24-story tower. Some dirt movement is always a great sign that construction should be underway but a sizable hole in the ground and a tower crane base is a guarantee that this project is a go!

In a sea of red tower cranes, a white crane will stand tall above the 1709 Chestnut project site. Given the size of the project, it wouldn’t surprise me if one or two more tower cranes go up in the near future.

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Construction in the Union Station neighborhood is incredibly busy right now and, with yet another project starting, it’s going to be a very busy summer!

New Arapahoe Square Project: Alexan 20th Street Station

Trammell Crow Residential, developer of the Alexan brand of apartment communities, is planning another project in Downtown Denver, this time at 20th and California streets in the Arapahoe Square district. Known as Alexan 20th Street Station, the development will cover the entire half block along California Street between 20th and 21st streets, a 50,068-square foot parcel.

We’ve outlined the project site on the Google Earth image below:


As this aerial photo clearly illustrates, this project will fill a sizable hole in downtown Denver’s biggest parking crater. Fortunately, several of the other undeveloped sites in this sea of asphalt have projects proposed on them, including Renaissance Downtown, 21st and Welton, and even another Trammell Crow Residential project, Alexan Arapahoe Square. The “20th Street Station” part of the project name references RTD’s 20th and Welton light rail station, located 200 feet from the development site.

Alexan 20th Street Station will consist of a 12-story building that rises 144 feet in height and contains 354 residential units. The average apartment size will be 783 square feet. A total of 393 automobile parking spaces is planned, for a parking space/unit ratio of 1.11.

The following rendering is courtesy of our friends at Kephart, the project architect, showing the California Street side of the building with 20th Street on the right. While this rendering does represent the most recent version of the project’s design, some minor changes may occur given that the development is still under review by the city. This is a very high-resolution image, so click/expand for the full effect!


According to Trammell Crow Residential’s website, this project is expected to get started later this year and be complete by fall 2018.

Lower Highland: 28th and Vallejo Apartments Update #2

On the Highland bluff overlooking downtown Denver, construction continues on Richman Ascension Development’s multifamily residential project at 28th and Vallejo. Our last post on this project was in October 2015, so it’s time for an update.

As discussed in our first post, this 273-unit apartment community consists of three buildings located along West 28th Avenue between Wyandot and Vallejo. To the northwest is Building A at 28th and Wyandot, which is separated by the alley from Building B, located to the northeast at 28th and Vallejo. Both of these buildings will be three stories high. On the south half of the site is Building C, which will be five stories tall. Here’s a Google Earth image from October 2015 after excavation for this project had begun:


According to Richman Ascension Development, the project now has a name (Infinity LoHi), a website, and what looks to be an updated rendering too. This would be the view from the corner of W. 27th and Vallejo looking northwest:


On to the construction photos! First up, here’s an image from my friend Jeff that provides a nice overview of all three building sites. We’re looking south here, so Buildings A and B are in the foreground, and Building C is just past the tower crane, which has been installed in the middle of 28th Avenue.


Down at the street level, this next photo was taken from the corner of 28th and Vallejo looking west, with Building C on the left and Buildings A and B on the right. Not only is 28th Avenue closed due to this project’s construction, but 27th Avenue and the stretch of Vallejo south of 28th were also closed to traffic the day I took these photos. This view shows the intersection of 27th and Vallejo and the southeastern corner of Building C:


Here from the intersection of 27th and Wyandot, we can see the southwestern stairway/elevator core for Building C starting to go vertical:


From 28th and Wyandot looking northwest, we can see the underground parking levels for Building A under construction:


Here’s Building A once again but from the northwest corner looking southeast:


We also have some new information about the automobile and bicycle parking for this project. The zoning at this location requires a minimum of 0.75 automobile parking spaces and 0.5 bicycle parking spaces per residential unit. That calculates out to a minimum of 206 automobile and 137 bicycle parking spaces. According to project documents on file with the city, Richman Ascension Development is providing a total of 321 automobile parking spaces (1.18 space/unit ratio, or 56% more than the minimum required) and 182 bicycle parking spaces (0.67 space/unit ratio, or 33% more than the minimum required).

Let’s conclude this post with one final photo (thanks, Jeff!) that gives us a panorama of the downtown skyline from near the project site: