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Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #14

Less than a month ago we visited 1144 Fifteenth at the ground level. Today, we are going to check it out from a farther-out perspective as it’s starting to make an impact on the skyline level.

Let’s start out with a view from Speer Boulevard, just north of Wewatta Street. Here we can see the almost-complete 1401 Lawrence project and a rising core directly to the left. The 10-story structure is now visible from a distance. After 12-stories, the steel structure will start to rise.


In addition to a great view of The Confluence, Ken also has a great view of 1144 Fifteenth. Thanks again, Ken, for the awesome photos!

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Our next update on 1144 Fifteenth will be when the concrete structure transitions to steel. See you then!

Edit – 9/17/2016 1:15pm

I spy with my telephoto lens, a bunch of glass getting ready to go in. Not only will we start to see steel go up real soon, glass work will also start on the parking garage!


Central Downtown: 1401 Lawrence Update #16

Today we have a special update on 1401 Lawrence, the 22-story office tower under construction at 14th and Lawrence streets in Central Downtown. The project is nearing completion and one of the last major items on the to-do list for the building exterior is installing the anchor tenant sign. The anchor tenant is the Polsinelli law firm that is taking over 86,000 square feet of the 300,000 square foot building with an option to lease as much as 130,000 square feet.

Here’s a photo from earlier this morning showing the Polsinelli sign laying on the ground. 14th Street has been closed for the past two days as workers prepared for the sign installation and removed the construction hoist elevator.


You’ll note in the photo above that the art screen that covers a portion of the parking garage has been installed.

A few hours later, the sign is upright and getting attached to the crane cables:


Finally, the lift! It took about 10 minutes to raise the sign up to the roof edge of the building. The video below, in real time, is about nine minutes long, which would be really boring to watch, so here it is significantly sped up so that it lasts just one minute. Thanks Ryan Dravitz for your video whiz-bangery!

Yes, it’s a little wobbly, but you try holding an iPhone over your head for nine minutes!

When we next update 1401 Lawrence, there’s a good chance it will be an insider tour.

Central Downtown: 999 17th Street Update #6

Since our last update in May, 999 17th Street has doubled in size and is now up six stories. This is a milestone for this project because the parking structure tops out at six stories.

From here, the apartment structure will be setback from the parking structure and go up another 21 stories, ultimately topping out at 27 stories.

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GE Johnson Construction has a great webcam overlooking the project site. Here is a recent image from it:

Courtesy of GE Johnson Construction

Courtesy of GE Johnson Construction

999 17th Street is trekking right along and is starting making a huge impact along 17th and 18th Street!

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #13

1144 Fifteenth Street is starting to make a huge impact along 15th Street. Since our last update in June, the tower crane has been jumped, the core is climbing its way up onto the skyline, and the parking structure is almost topped out. Let’s take a look!

The parking garage is now up nine stories with only three more to go. Once the concrete structure of the garage tops out, the steel structure will begin for floors 13 through 40; 42 with the mechanical penthouse.

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The transformation of 15th Street is a fantastic sight. It’s amazing what three buildings (Le Meridien / AC, aLoft, 1144 Fifteenth) can do to a streetscape.

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Our next update for 1144 Fifteenth will be when the steel structure starts, which should be in the next few weeks.

Edit: 08/23/2016 – 7:25AM

Here is an awesome bonus photo from DenverInfill reader S. Autrey. If you look closely at the core, you can see where the parking structure will eventually top out. The setback in the core is where the office portion will begin.


Central Downtown: Le Meridien/AC Hotel Update #6

The 20-story, 488-room, Le Meridien / AC Hotel is trekking right along. The structure is rising quickly with the facade now following behind.

The structure is now up 14-stories with six more to go! This is roughly going to be the same height as the Hyatt House / Hyatt Place just down the street. From what we can see now, white paneling will be used on the interior facing units with a blank wall facing northwest.

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Dark red brick will go up on the 15th street side. This facade should go up fairly quickly as it is all prefabricated brick panels.

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I suspect we should see this project top out by the fall.

Summer 2016: Central Denver Tower Crane Census

Happy first day of Summer readers! Back by popular demand, we are going to start the week and season off with a tower crane census. There was a lot of crane action going on over the weekend so this will be a fun census. All of the tower crane photos, with the exception of one, were taken on Saturday for an accurate count; even though the count is going to be tricky.

This census is for tower cranes only. The self erecting cranes (cranes without a ladder mast or cab) on smaller builds are not counted.

Why tricky? Let’s start out with tower crane number zero. As I got down to the Union Station neighborhood, workers were taking down the crane at Union Tower West. As much as I would love to count this, this crane has been completely taken down.

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Let’s move the count in a positive direction. One and Two belong to Pivot.

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Three and Four are for 1709 Chestnut. The second tower crane for this project wasn’t up on Saturday but it should be complete today.

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Tower crane number Five belongs to the 16th and Wewatta Hotel and Office Complex.

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The Confluence offers tower cranes Six and Seven. As a bonus, they were jumping the south tower crane over the weekend.

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Number Eight belongs to 28th and Vallejo and, since this is a Central Denver census, Alexan West Highlands brings number Nine to the table.

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I forgot the memory card for my other camera before I went up to take this photo so here is number Ten, belonging to Modera River North, in cell-phone-picture fashion.


I said out loud, “No! What are you doing? I have a census to do…” as I saw what was going on at Dairy Block. A tower crane taking down another tower crane is not a sight we see everyday. Unfortunately, I can only count one for Dairy Block bringing the total up to Eleven.


Twelve and Thirteen, belonging to 999 17th Street, are nicely tucked away in Central Downtown.

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1144 Fifteenth claims number Fifteen with Le Meridien / AC bringing the number up to Sixteen. If you look closely in the first photo, you can see the south tower crane for The Confluence continuing to jump itself.

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Seventeen belongs to the rare luffing jib over at SkyHouse. I’m sure number Eighteen, at Alexan Uptown, will be taken down very soon.

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Number Nineteen is working hard at Eviva Cherokee with Twenty and Twenty-One helping build the twin 30-story Country Club Towers.

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Last but not least, Twenty-Two stands tall above the Alexan Cherry Creek site. After a five hour tower-crane-spotting hike, I forgot to take a current picture of this one but trust me, it’s still there.


As I was editing these photos last night, my wife nicely told me that she spotted one for Tennyson Place in Berkeley last month. After reviewing her phone picture footage, that brings our final total to Twenty-Three. Sorry, I don’t have a current photo of this one.

That’s a lot of tower cranes and about the peak number we are going to see this year. Our previous census, back in 2013, featured ten tower cranes with around three up in Cherry Creek at the time. 2016 has significantly more construction activity as the boom keeps on rolling!

Central Downtown: 1144 Fifteenth Update #12

1144 Fifteenth Street, the largest and tallest project going up in Denver, is steadily rising as the core and parking structure start to make their way onto Downtown Denver’s skyline.

Here are two street level perspectives of the project. The two-story lobby is now prominent and the parking structure is currently up three stories. Once the garage tops out at 12-stories, the steel structure will start to go up ultimately topping out at 40-stories.

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I recently found a new perch to really capture how much of an impact 1144 Fifteenth is going to have. The Four Seasons (the building with the spire) is a great height reference as the 40-story office project will rise 37-feet higher than its neighbor.

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To wrap up, here is a bonus top down view of the project thanks to reader S. Autrey!


The parking structure still has a bit to go and will take a significant amount of time. Hopefully by years end we will start to see the steel structure rise!

Central Downtown: Le Meridien/AC Hotel Update #5

It’s been about seven weeks since our Update #4 on the 488-room, 20-story Le Méridien/AC Hotel project at the corner of 15th and California, so let’s take a look at the construction progress. The tower is in the midst of its climb into the sky, so change comes fairly quickly—about one floor every week or so.

The view from California Street between 15th and 16th, showing the project’s contribution to the California street wall:


Straight-on corner shot at 15th and California:


The 15th and California sides of the tower have been the only perspectives available from the rendering provided by the developer, White Lodging:


Now that the building is going vertical, we can gain a better understanding of the tower’s footprint, and the final plans approved by the city also clarify the facade materials we’ll see on all sides. This angle from 15th Street looking towards California shows that the tower consists of two narrow wings in an L-shape configuration, rising up from a three-story base:


This is the alley side of the tower from near 15th and Stout Street:


And this is the view from 14th Street looking above the side of the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company building:


As the above rendering shows, the California side will be almost entirely a glass and aluminum window wall system with a vertical band of red brick near the corner, while the 15th Street side will be mostly red brick with punched windows. According to documents on file with the city, the stub end of the wing facing the alley will be mostly EIFS with a few vertical bands of windows. The stub end of the wing adjoining the Bubba Gump building will be solid EIFS. The two facades on the inside of the “L” will be a mix of EIFS and aluminum and glass punched windows. Overall, the effect will be similar to what I discussed under “Option 1” in our Update #1 post, using the recently completed Hyatt Place/Hyatt House (by the same developer) as an example. Fortunately, there will be virtually no EIFS on either the California or 15th Street elevations, so those two sides with their glass and brick should look pretty good.

There will be two short drop-off lanes, one each on 15th and California, for passenger loading and valet. No parking (automobile or bicycle) is provided within the project. There are no minimum parking requirements within the Downtown Core (D-C) zone. A 30-foot high glass wall will frame the lobby at the corner of 15th and California:


The 20th floor will contain guest amenities including a fitness center and an outdoor bar and lounge along the California Street side.

The dual-branded Le Méridien/AC Hotel property is scheduled to open in October 2017.

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.