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Upper Downtown: SkyHouse Denver Update #6

As we saw in our tower crane census and our most recent update, SkyHouse Denver, a 26-story, 354-unit apartment tower, has topped out and is nearing completion.

The one element that has remained a mystery, from a materials standpoint, is the parking structure. Parking structures can take many different forms; some remain uncovered while others are enclosed with tasteful materials. This particular garage is going to be clad in brown brick, which is a huge plus.

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Work is still underway on the parking garage but the final concrete pour should be around late September.

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The blue-green glass facade on the tower is nearly complete with the exception of a few panels on the top floor.

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From an aerial perspective, we can clearly see how much of a gap this project fills in. Even one block in this area of downtown makes a difference as it’s riddled with surface parking lots.

SkyHouse is currently leasing with the first move-ins starting in October, which is when we will come back for a final update!


Central Platte Valley: The Confluence Update #13

The Confluence is quickly climbing onto the Denver skyline. The tower is now officially halfway up at 17 stories. For today’s post, we are going to look at the project from both a ground level and aerial point of view!

From various perspectives, such as Speer Boulevard and the Platte River, the Confluence already has a tall presence.

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In our last update, we mentioned that the mixed glass and paneling started to go up. Present day, the glass curtain wall is starting to climb on the southeast side of the tower.

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For quite some time, there were two tower cranes to help build the project; one for the low-rise structure and one for the tower. The tower crane for the low-rise structure has been taken down as it has recently topped out.

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How about some aerials? Here are four different elevations of The Confluence. Here we can see the small footprint of this tower and how much of an impact it’s going to make when it doubles in height over the next few months.

 

 

17 stories down, 17 stories to go!


Cherry Creek: 245 Columbine Update #3 (Inside the Infill Edition)

Happy Friday! Today, we have a special post for 245 Columbine, now known as the Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek. Thanks to Zach Porter and Nancy Kristof of Mortenson Construction, DenverInfill was able to get a peek inside the project just before completion.

As a refresher, the Halcyon Hotel is the first hotel to go up in Cherry Creek in this current boom. It features 154 rooms in an eight-story building. For this tour, let’s start out with the rooftop and work our way down through the building.

Cherry Creek always offers nice perspectives of the Denver skyline with a great mountain backdrop. It was a little hazy on our tour but there was still a great view. As you can see, the rooftop pool features this spectacular view.

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This rooftop is utilized to its fullest extent. The east side of the roof features a bar with ample seating.

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Even with the haze, the unobstructed view from this rooftop is great! Here’s a panorama; make sure you click to embiggen!

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This project has many unique features. One of them is the cutout in the middle. This is to provide natural light to the interior rooms and hallways of the hotel.

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Moving inside, the first stop is the presidential suite. This room offers great views, two stories of living and sleep space, as well as a very large private terrace. This room is still under construction but is going to shape up nicely.

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Here is an average guest suite, which is everything you would expect in a hotel room. The finishes in the rooms have an antique feel with a modern spin.

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And the bathrooms are really nice.

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Some of the rooms also feature balconies that will be separated by large planters upon completion of this project. The second photo shows the unique facade that is used throughout the project. The metal cutouts make the project stand out in Cherry Creek.

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Moving right along, the Hotel Halcyon will have large conference spaces along with a fitness center.

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In addition to the rooftop bar, there are two more restaurants/bars. The Departure Lounge features an aviation-themed fiberglass centerpiece over the bar and a ground-floor retail pad outside of the hotel will be occupied by an Italian restaurant.

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Here is the progress of the front desk lobby.

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The Halcyon Hotel doesn’t feature any parking ramps. They connected the new garage to an already existing parking garage and installed a firewall to close in case of fire. This is some awesome engineering right here.

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This project is shaping up nicely on the outside!

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The hotel is expected to open in mid-August. Once it’s open, we will visit it for a final update. Stay tuned!


Cherry Creek: Marriott Moxy Hotel Update #1

Today we have a quick update on the Marriott Moxy hotel going up in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Since we announced the eight story, 170-room hotel, excavation has commenced and present day, there is a very large hole in the ground.

From the looks of it, the Marriott Moxy will have two levels of underground parking. The second picture was taken from the roof of the Hotel Halcyon, aka 245 Columbine, which we will have an exciting post on tomorrow!

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The next steps for this project will be the foundation work and, more than likely, a tower crane in the near future.


Denver’s 3D Future Skyline: July 2016 Update

Back in April, we announced a new three-dimensional feature that provides us with a better visual of all the infill going in around Central Denver. Here is a short description from our announcement post:

Thanks to Google Earth and the new way they’re rendering buildings in three dimensions, and thanks in particular to the newest member of the DenverInfill team, Ryan Keeney—starting today we will periodically feature a collection of views of the Downtown Denver and Cherry Creek skylines with the massing of buildings, proposed or under construction, added in.

With the Downtown Denver Non-Residential and Residential project posts back in late June, it’s fitting to revisit the 3D future skyline.

Our first post featured the 3D skyline from a higher elevation overview perspective. Since there are many perspectives and elevations to share, we are going to explore the future skyline mostly from a lower elevation in this post. Let’s get to it! Make sure you click each image to embiggen.

Downtown Denver looking north:

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Downtown Denver looking south:

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Downtown Denver looking east:

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Downtown Denver looking northeast:

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Downtown Denver looking southeast:

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Denver Union Station up close:

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Cherry Creek looking west:

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Central Denver high-level overview from River North to Cherry Creek:

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It is truly amazing how many projects are proposed and under construction around Central Denver. A huge thank you Ryan Keeney for keeping these models up to date so we can visualize all of this infill!


Union Station: 1709 Chestnut Update #5

Last month we reported that there was a new tower crane up at the 1709 Chestnut site. In our tower crane census, we mentioned that a second crane was going in soon. Present day, the second tower crane is up and construction is in full swing.

First, let’s start with a look at the project site. Excavation is still underway however, the project is close to ‘bottoming out’. After excavation is complete, work will begin on the foundation and underground parking structure.

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A Comedil CTT561 occupies the north side of the site, helping build the 24-story tower, while a Comedil CTT331 helps build the the 12-story tower on the south side.

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While I was on the 18th Street Pedestrian Bridge, I noticed that The Confluence was starting to poke up above the Central Platte Valley skyline. This view will be drastically different in a year or so.

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More cranes and more construction, how exciting!


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.

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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.