Welcome to the winter edition of our Tower Crane Census! As with recent trends, the census follows DenverInfill’s residential and non-residential semi-annual updates as well as the latest 3D Future Skyline. Before we begin, there are a couple of items to address. First, even though we made it through the first week of 2019, the majority of the tower cranes were polled over the holidays in 2018 with the rest photographed this weekend; hence why the post is “Winter 2018”. Next, here is what we classify as a tower crane, and our geographical boundaries:

This census is for tower cranes only. Self-erecting cranes (cranes without a ladder mast or cab) on smaller builds, as well as crawler cranes are not counted. We are covering the number of tower cranes in Central Denver only: between Sheridan and Colorado Boulevard to the east-west, Yale to I-70 to the north-south. Tower cranes out by Denver International Airport and the Denver Tech Center will not be counted in this census.

To further expand on the statement above, the photos below are not what we classify as tower cranes as they move easily and typically aren’t used on a project as long as a tower crane.

In addition to the examples above, cranes bases are also not counted in the census because we are unsure of when the actual tower crane will be erected. With that being said, let’s start with the exciting Colorado Rockies Mixed-Use development. As of now, this project features crane number One in our census. There are, however, two more bases for future tower cranes.

The two tower cranes in the background of the above photos belong to The Pullman and X Denver. The Pullman crane is the last standing crane in Union Station and should be coming down soon. This brings our count up to Three.

Lit up cranes are such a treasure so let’s explore a few more of these special cranes. Four and Five, with great lit up ladder masts, belong to Block 162 with number Six in the background belonging to 15th and Stout. Platte Fifteen’s crane ups the count to Seven and has some of the best lighting in the city.

The crane helping build Jefferson View has a brilliant lattice of lights and brings our count to Eight. 355 Logan also has a lit up tower crane with a neighboring crane belonging to Modera West Wash Park. As a bonus, a brilliant meteor was captured under the 355 Logan crane. Our running total is now up to Ten.

The Welton corridor is still occupied by two tower cranes; one for Alexan Arapahoe Square, the other for Alexan 20th Street Station. These two cranes bring our count to Twelve.

Two luffing jib cranes, numbers Thirteen and Fourteen, belong to INDE Uptown, a large development spanning an entire half-block. Fifteen belongs to the Freyer – Newman Center construction at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Sixteen and Seventeen straddle Speer Boulevard in both Lincoln Park and the Golden Triangle. The crane to the right is helping build Parq on Speer, while the other crane is busy at Denver Health for their new outpatient center.

Hopping around a little bit, let’s check out the cranes at Market Station and the Delaware Lofts. Our count is now up to Nineteen.

West Denver, mostly along West Colfax, hosts four tower cranes for a new total of Twenty-Three. The first photo is the tower crane for Luxe at Mile High, a 382-unit apartment project. The next photo features Julian Heights, an eight-story, 56-unit condo project. In the third photo, Lakehouse’s crane is front and center with Vida at Sloans Lake in the background.

After a significant development boom, Cherry Creek is down to only two tower cranes; one for 260 North, and the other for UC Health Cherry Creek. Twenty-Five tower cranes down with a few more to go.

Let’s wrap up the census with three more cranes for a grand total of Twenty-Eight. One crane is up at Zia with two others at the massive 9th and Colorado development.

With Twenty-Eight total cranes, how does this one stack up to our previous censuses? Here is a little chart showing all of the censuses we have done from 2013, when the boom started rolling, to present day. July 2018 held the record for the most tower cranes however, Twenty-Eight cranes is still impressive. With more projects starting and many finishing, it is hard to predict if this number will go up or down come summer.

Thanks for stopping by, we hope you enjoyed our tower crane filled post!