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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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I think this city needs a thread like this. There are various projects going on right now and the skyline is growing I'm making this thread because I'm going to be more busy with cities in Colorado after the summer and next year. I'm going to live in Colorado Springs and going to visit Denver as much as I can for updates.

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Information about Denver:

Population: 588.000
Metro: 3.000.000
Tallest tower: Republic Plaza, 218m

Other big cities in Colorado:

Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Aurora ( Part of Denver metro )

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Highrise List

- Republic Plaza | 218m | 56fl | Completed (1984)
- 1801 California | 216m | 53fl | Completed (1982)
- Wells Fargo Center | 213m | 52fl | Completed (1982)
- Four Seasons | 198m | 45fl | Under Construction
- 1999 Broadway | 166m | 43fl | Completed (1985)
- 707 17th Street | 159m | 42fl | Completed (1981)
- 555 17th Street | 155m | 40fl | Completed (1978)
- Hyatt Regency Denver | 149m | 38fl | Completed (2006)
- Spire | 147m | 41fl | Under Construction

For people who are interested: Link to a bigger list

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Under Construction

Four Seasons

Height: 198m
Floors: 45
Cost: $350 million

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Four Seasons Denver: A Major Step Forward?
The 50-story Four Seasons Denver/Teatro Tower project appears it may have recently taken a major step forward toward starting construction. According to the Colorado Real Estate Journal, a $135 million loan by LaSalle Bank was recorded on 12-22-2006 to an entity known as "1111 Tower LLC." The location of the property is listed as Block 074 in Downtown Denver, the site of the proposed Four Seasons/Teatro tower. Additionally, the Colorado Secretary of State reports that "1111 Tower LLC" was formed on 12-08-2006, with a registered agent of Jeff Selby, who is the developer of the Four Season/Teatro tower. Also, the Four Seasons site on 14th Street between Arapahoe and Lawrence is the 1100 block, so you can bet the Four Seasons/Teatro Tower will have an address of 1111 14th Street.

Two days before the recording of this $135 million loan, John Rebchook at the Rocky Mountain News reported that Los Angeles-based DiNapoli Capital Partners had purchased the historic Teatro Hotel from Jeff Selby and partner Michael Brenneman for an undisclosed amount. This news seems like the strongest evidence yet that the Four Seasons/Teatro Tower may break ground in 2007.
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Spire

Height: 147m
Floors: 41
Cost: $175 million

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Spire Denver, LLC announced today the groundbreaking ceremonies for Spire, a $175,000,000 high-rise residential condominium project, located at 891 14th Street, which will be held at 2:30 pm at the construction site. With 41 stories (483 feet high) and 503 homes (714 bedrooms), Spire will be one of the tallest residential buildings in the Western United States and the first new residential high-rise to be built in the central business district of Denver in decades (24 years).

'Spire is ideally located and will provide our owners with a unique opportunity to live in an amenity-rich project at the best site to access Denver’s compelling lifestyle,' said Randy Nichols, president of Nichols Partnership. 'Downtown Denver is a vibrant, exciting place to work, live and play and Spire will enable many more people to experience this dynamic, urban lifestyle.'

The building will be built at 891 14th Street (14th and Champa Streets), directly across the street from the Denver Convention Center, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and a few blocks from Larimer Square, Lower Downtown, the Pepsi Center, the Cherry Creek bike path, and the 16th Street Mall.

Designed by Denver-based RNL Design and Boulder-based Communication Arts, the building will feature a 33-story residential tower arising from an eight-story parking podium with ground-floor retail. The parking podium includes 602 covered parking spaces. The building will include first-class amenities such as 24/7 concierge and security services, virtual art gallery, ground-floor retail and reserved parking. A two-level amenity area will include a state-of-the-art health club facility, media room, pool-side club room/bar, billiards room, and landscaped outdoor terrace with grilling areas, fire pit, outdoor pools, hot tubs and wireless internet. In addition, the 41st floor will feature the SkyClub, a spectacular penthouse level amenity.

'Because Spire is at the western edge of Denver’s high-rise zone, our residents will benefit from unobstructed views of the Denver skyline as well as the Rocky Mountains,' continued Nichols. 'Spire was designed from its inception to provide a high quality dynamic living environment for a spectrum of owners from young professionals to empty-nesters who desire to be connected to their community and to their city. The Nichols Partnership is pleased to play a role in the emergence of urban living in Downtown Denver and to be a major part of the efforts to make 14th Street our next great street.'

Spire homes will have 10’ ceilings with floor-to-ceiling glass, balconies, slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, European-style cabinetry, ultra-high-speed structured wiring, and unparalleled city and mountain views.

Construction commenced in May of 2007 with initial occupancy in July 2009 (26 months). Residences will be priced from $200,000. Sales information will soon be available on the project website, www.spiredenver.com."

The fact that the Spire project is now officially underway is extremely significant to our city. For about two decades, from 1985 to 2005, Downtown Denver did not see the construction of a single high-rise tower, even though Downtown itself underwent a remarkable transformation in terms of pedestrian activity and general vitality, thanks to Coors Field, the Pepsi Center, the Denver Pavilions, light rail, and the revitalization of Lower Downtown. But still, all great cities must eventually add to and enhance their skyline, the arc of skyscrapers that creates the icon that represents not only the city, but the entire metropolitan area and region to the rest of the world. Denver was loooooong overdue.

In late 2005, we did welcome the addition of the publicly-financed 37-story Hyatt convention center hotel to our skyline. But ultimately, we must rely on the private sector to lead the way in transforming Downtown’s skyline into a new icon for the twenty-first century. Last year we witnessed the start of construction of the 32-story One Lincoln Park project and the completion of the 23-story Glass House, but it is with the construction of the 41-story Spire that we can say that Denver’s 20-year skyscraper drought is officially over.

Spire, One Lincoln Park, Glass House, Four Seasons, 1401 Lawrence, Embassy/Homewood Suites, 1800 Larimer, 1900 16th Street, Sugar-3, 1515 Wynkoop, 1400 Wewatta, 1800 Market, City House, Wewatta Plaza, 1755 Blake, EPA, DNA, Residence Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, etc., along with public initiatives like FasTracks and Union Station, the Downtown Area Plan, Auraria Master Plan, and others… Downtown Denver has truly evolved and moved beyond its 1980s-glorified-office-park status. Pay attention people, because I believe we’re very near the tipping point of Downtown Denver’s transformation into something more than we could have ever imagined!
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1800 Larimer


Height: 105m
Floors: 22
Cost: $150 million

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Benefiting from a Green Building

Many tenants, corporations and governmental agencies have made sweeping mandates to only occupy a LEED® certified building. They have done their homework and become acquainted with the many benefits of green buildings....

A superior indoor environment
- Natural light
- Clean air
- Reduced sick time
- Increased productivity
Substantial energy savings
- Reduced operating expenses
- More efficient
- Smarter mechanical / electrical systems
Water conservation
- Low water consumption
- Reduced operating expenses
Located near transit
- Environmentally friendly
- Less expensive commuting
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1900 16th Street

Height: 76m
Floors: 18
Cost: $100 million

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Saunders Construction, Inc., a Colorado-based full-service construction manager and general contractor, celebrated the "topping out" of its 1900 16th St. project last week."Topping out" a building is a major construction milestone symbolizing that the last piece of structural steel is in place.

1900 Sixteenth Street is an 18-story office building located across the street from Denver Union Station in Lower Downtown Denver.Slated for completion in September 2009, 1900 Sixteenth Street is one of Denver's tallest buildings measuring 275 feet high.

With the last structural-steel beam in place, Saunders Construction will focus its efforts on setting the rooftop mechanical systems and completing the building's exterior facade.The finished project will include approximately 395,000square feet of prime office and retail space and roughly 1,200 parking spaces.

1900 Sixteenth Street holds a pre-certified Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.An industry leader in Colorado green building, Saunders Construction has five LEED-certified projects along the Front Range, and more than 10 additional projects in the design phase, under construction or under certification review.
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Two Tabor Center

A proposed office tower. Construction was scheduled to start in summer 2008 said in the following article. The height has been increased from 38 floors to 43 floors.

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The debt crunch has pushed back the start of construction on downtown Denver's much-anticipated $200 million Two Tabor Center office tower to the summer.

Callahan Capital Partners LLC of Chicago and the local branch of Trammell Crow Co. are developing the new, 38-story office high-rise, which Callahan will own.

The developers initially hoped to break ground on Two Tabor in late 2007, and then early 2008, for completion in 2010. Callahan still hopes to finish the building in late 2010.

The project will be located next to the 30-story, 583,000-square-foot One Tabor Center office building at 1200 17th St.

"These difficult financing markets have slowed things a bit ...," said Andrew Joa, vice president at Callahan Capital Partners. "There are lenders out there willing to lend to us. We just have to figure out who the right lender is and the right terms."

The recent erosion of the credit market, prompted by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, has caused lenders to impose stricter lending guidelines. For commercial real estate projects such as Two Tabor Center, those guidelines can include significant preleasing to creditworthy tenants and more equity financing than in past years.

"Commercial real estate lending is based on coverage ratios and yields ... Today's commercial real estate market likely requires more equity to achieve [our minimum thresholds for these items], so loan amounts may be less than historical norms," said Kirk Monroe, executive vice president at Vectra Bank Colorado, a major local real estate lender.

Two Tabor's schematic design, establishing the project's general scope and scale, was completed early this year, according to Joa. The design development phase *-- which is a more detailed design with materials specifications, mechanical/electrical systems, etc. -- is expected to be finished in another month or so.

New York architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is Two Tabor's designer.

Callahan decided to build Two Tabor Center, envisioned since the mid-1980s, after it bought One Tabor Center in a five-building package for $770 million in March 2007. The seller was The Blackstone Group LP of New York, and the deal is metro Denver's largest real estate transaction to date.

The Tabor Center complex also includes a 136,000-** square-foot shopping and restaurant component owned by Callahan and the adjoining, 420-room Westin Tabor Center hotel, at 1672 Lawrence St., owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. of White Plains, N.Y.

Tulsa, Okla., developer Henson-Williams Realty Inc. completed One Tabor Center in 1984, with a pad site for Two Tabor Center. Kohn Pedersen also designed the first office tower.

The initial design for the Two Tabor project called for a 41-story building, and Henson-Williams got as far as starting the foundations and elevator cores before the local commercial real estate market collapsed in the mid-1980s.

After Equity Office Properties Trust of Chicago purchased One Tabor Center in the late 1990s, it redesigned Two Tabor in 1999, but kept the height at 41 stories. Equity halted the development when the local economy suffered a setback.
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999 17th Street

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Yesterday at the Downtown Denver Partnership's annual Development Forum, it was made public that Shea Properties has plans for a major infill project on the entire undeveloped half of Downtown's Block 109. The project, known as 999 17th Street, would include a 350,000 SF office tower at the corner of 17th and Curtis and a tower of similar size at 18th and Curtis with possibly hotel and residential uses.

I've known about this project for many months but, since confidentiality was requested, I haven't blogged about it--which was tough to do since it's such an exciting development! I haven't yet obtained permission to post the project renderings.

An entire half block of surface parking in the core Downtown along 17th Street--our "Wall Street of the Rockies"--could go away and be replaced with a vibrant mixed-use high-rise complex. Sweet!
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Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites Hotel

- 20 story Joint Hotel
- 20 story Embassy Suites ( 125 rooms )
- 20 story Homewood Suites ( 125 rooms )

Long time no news about this project. Construction was scheduled to start in spring 2008. There are some photo's of the construction site but that was all I could found.

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15th and Stout - Hotel Gold Crown

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The proposed 17-story tower would include lobby, restaurant, and other hotel functions on the first and second floors, 264 hotel rooms on Floors 3 through 14, and twelve condominium units (4 per floor) on Floors 15 through 17. Two underground parking levels are also planned
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Cityhouse

Location: 18th and Chesnut

Contents 2 towers. A 23 story tower and a 13 story tower.

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In my blog entry of September 10, I reported on the next tower project proposed by East West Partners, known as City House, in Downtown Denver's booming Central Platte Valley. The 23-story City House project is planned for the Union Station side of the railroad tracks across from the Manhattan, along Chestnut between 18th and 19th. Since then, the design has evolved and, according to the Riverfront Park website, is much closer to becoming a reality. Construction could begin as soon as Summer 2007. Here's a rendering of the latest City House design, courtesy of East West Partners:
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Oh!

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Thanks, that's exactly what I want. Easy for other people to view what's going on. Prepare for more, I'm putting much time in it.
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Totally Updated now, I think these are the most important projects in Denver at the moment.
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WOW! Good work,Ni3lS Denver is really booming city!
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This may be a bit-off topic, but a couple o' years ago, I found a site named Denverinfill.com. It features several infill projecs in Downtown Denver. The owner of that site dislikes parking lots and wishes that they could be filled up with more developments. Should parking lots be completely eliminated from Downtown?

An one other thing:The site has not been updated since 2008.
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It's not updated since the 14th of may this year Yea I know that website. There are not that many parking lots left in Downtown which is good. I like underground parking garages better too. I'll see if I can update this thread.
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Thanks for the link. This thread deserves more attention considering the developments in this city.
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Denver International Airport Transit/Hotel Terminal Complex

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From the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15625013

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Spanish architect, artist and engineer Santiago Calatrava today presented his designs for Denver International Airport's south terminal development project. Calatrava said his designs for the first phase of Denver International Airport's south terminal redevelopment will complement the airport's best-known architectural element — its terminal with the white-tented roof.

The DIA tent delivers an important image all over the world, Calatrava said, adding that he was conscious of preserving and protecting the airport's existing architecture and view corridors as he designed the south terminal complex. "We have given our best to create a dialogue between the two buildings in a complementary basis to respect the iconic view of the tent," Calatrava said of the interplay between his structures and the existing terminal, which was designed by Denver architect Curt Fentress.

The south terminal project's first phase, which is expected to cost as much as $650 million, includes a commuter-rail station, a public plaza that links with the existing terminal, and a 500-room Westin hotel. Calatrava said the way the plaza's canopy enters the area under the terminal tent "without touching it is a real declaration of respect" for Fentress' design. On Thursday, Fentress' office said he had no comment at this time on Calatrava's designs.

DIA manager Kim Day said the airport later will consider a second phase of the south terminal project, costing up to $250 million, that could include a reshuffling of existing functions in the terminal's Great Hall, including a move of security checkpoints to new locations on the sixth level where airline ticket counters currently reside.

On Thursday, Calatrava met with local government and business leaders and he used pencil and water colors to sketch the inspiration for his designs. "The tipping point for this project is having incredible functionality with great design," said Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau President Richard Scharf, after seeing Calatrava's presentation.

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Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava showed off his designs for DIA's south terminal makeover on Thursday. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)to the budget crisis gripping Denver and other local governments, DIA's Day told the gathering that "no general fund money or city tax dollars will be used on this project." She said the airport will develop a plan of finance to pay for the project's first phase and take it to the Denver City Council by early fall.

Airlines at DIA have expressed some concern in the past about possible excessive spending on capital projects by the airport that could drive up the carriers' rates and charges. "We assure the airlines that we will not do anything that negatively impacts our airline partners," Day said.

After viewing Calatrava's presentation, Southwest Airlines Properties Manager Steve Hubbell said, "We obviously are very concerned about the potential costs of these projects." "We need to have a better understanding of how this is going to impact the rates and charges," Hubbell said, adding that DIA "is working with the airlines" to determine the project's financial implications. "They are being transparent; they are being collaborative," Hubbell said of DIA officials.

Day said the south terminal project includes at least 100,000 square feet of retail and other concession space that — along with the hotel — will generate revenue and help offset the cost of the project. Calatrava's design calls for the hotel-train station-plaza complex to dominate the view of the terminal from the south, but those traveling to DIA will retain a view of the terminal tent through a low, saddle-like space between the hotel's twin towers.

The south terminal project also includes a commuter-rail bridge over Peńa Boulevard just east of the E-470 interchange that will accommodate the $1.2 billion East Corridor train from Union Station to the airport. Train service is expected to start in 2016. An animation prepared by Calatrava's firm shows the commuter-rail bridge as a graceful, cable-supported arc that will serve as a gateway for travelers driving to the airport.

DIA still must determine if it can afford the Calatrava-designed commuter-rail bridge. The airport has proposed "enhancing" RTD's design for the bridge and paying the difference between the "base price" the Regional Transportation District will budget for the bridge and what it would cost to build it according to Calatrava's design.



RTD recently selected a consortium of private companies to build the East Corridor train under a public-private partnership. On Aug. 12, RTD and the firms will be able to identify the amount of money they have for the rail bridge after they complete financial terms of the public-private partnership, said RTD spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas.

DIA will have until Jan. 31 to decide whether it can afford to pay the difference between the base price for the bridge and the amount needed to realize Calatrava's design, said Day, DIA's manager. When an early Calatrava design came in around $60 million, airport officials said they could not afford that price.

The 59-year-old Calatrava, whose specializes in the design of bridges and train stations, is one of the most prolific engineer-architect-designers in the world. He has designed the new World Trade Center transportation station in New York City where the twin trade towers stood before the 9/11 attacks. He also has designed train stations in Liege, Belgium and Lyon, France, among other locations, and numerous bridges around the world, including spans in Buenos Aires; Jerusalem; Seville, Spain; and Orleans, France

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Let’s take a look at the latest designs of the exciting expansion that’s getting underway at the terminal at Denver International Airport. The $500 million expansion incorporates three major elements:

A new Public Transit Center that will accommodate the end-of-line station for RTD’s East Line—a 23-mile rail transit connection between DIA and Union Station in Downtown Denver—currently under construction and scheduled to open for service in January 2016.

A new 500-room Westin Hotel & Conference Center that will be located immediately south of the existing Jeppeson Terminal and above the Public Transit Center.

A new 60,000 square foot Public Plaza that will connect the Jeppesen terminal with the new hotel.

Gensler is the principal architect of the entire South Terminal Redevelopment program at DIA, with Anderson Mason Dale working on the Public Transit Center. Here are some new renderings of the project, courtesy of my friends at Gensler’s Denver office. You have two options to view the renderings: click on an image to view a larger version of it, or use the link below an image to open a giant-sized version in a new window. Here we go:

View (looking north) at the Public Transit Center and Westin Hotel, with the existing terminal complex beyond:



View (looking northwest) of the Public Transit Center and Westin Hotel:



View (looking southeast) of the Public Plaza in between the existing Jeppesen Terminal and the new Westin Hotel:



View from the train platforms inside the Public Transit Center:



View of the entry to the hotel from the Public Transit Center:



View looking southwest from the Public Plaza, with the existing Jeppesen Terminal on the right and the Westin Hotel on the left:



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Union Station Redevelopment

Light rail, Amtrak, Hotel, Office complex. Status: U/C




http://denverunionstation.org/

Union Station Redevelopment

Work has begun on the ambitious multiyear transformation of this iconic Denver landmark now that Amtrak has been relocated nearby so the dramatic renovations can begin. Here's a recap of the plan:











Work on the new railbeds and footings for the canopies and trainshed is well underway:





When complete, the facility, along with neighboring office and residential development should become an amazing new focal point for Downtown Denver as well as a major regional transportation hub.


the temporary Amtrak station up and running.



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Da Vita HQ Tower

Status: Completed, 2013

Work started in December on the 14 story Davita healthcare building downtown. The core is rising atop the garage base and final completion is scheduled for 2012.









March 2011:






DaVita progress:








DenverInfill http://denverinfill.com/blog/2011/08...-update-3.html


DaVita Update: Oct. 5






http://denverinfill.com/blog/2011/10...-update-4.html


DaVita HQ progress Feb. 2012:









all photos: http://denverinfill.com/blog/2012/01...-update-5.html


July 2012: DaVita HQ Nears Completion









http://denverinfill.com/blog/2012/07...-update-6.html


Inside the new DaVita Headquarters









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Denver Infill reports that 4 floors of the recently completed first tower of this development have been leased by KPMG raising hopes that the building will begin filling up so that the second tower can get financing.

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