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Denver construction update: August

August 5, 2015 7

It is now time again for another Denver construction and development update. The spring and early summer in Denver were unusually rainy and cool, but now typical summer weather is here. It has been oddly difficult this year to find days that were not overcast and dreary. However, August’s construction update is full of blue sky. One thing is for sure, the construction sites around town are not the muddy messes that they were earlier in the year.

If you are to assign this update a theme, it would have to be cranes.

The first stop on our tour is the 31-story Country Club Towers project that is underway near Downing Street and Speer Boulevard. The Broe Group is developing this project. Below grade work is currently taking place and a large amount of excavation has taken occurred since our last visit to this construction site.

Country Club Towers

Below is a photo of the Speer Boulevard Apartments at Speer and Grant Street. This project is being developed by Gables Residential who recently announced plans for a 12-story project in Cherry Creek.

Speer Boulevard Apartments

Speer Boulevard Apartments

Walking to the north we find the 7|S Denver Haus apartment project at 7th Avenue and Sherman Street. This building will reach 8 floors once completed.

7|S Denver Haus

Over at 8th Avenue and Sherman Street in Denver’s Capital Hill neighborhood is the MOTO apartment project. MOTO will also have space for ground floor retail.

MOTO apartments

Strolling to the west we find the 8th Avenue and Broadway apartments. From the looks of new marketing signage on the property, this development has been branded as Via Denver.

Via Denver apartments

Via Denver apartments

The next stop on our tour is the Joule residential project at Speer Boulevard and Cherokee Street. This project is being developed by Texas-based The Lynd Company who recently announced plans for a 277-unit apartment project at 30th and Brighton Boulevard.

Joule Denver

Joule Denver

While day dreaming on my way towards the Eviva Cherokee site, I noticed that a crane was being assembled. Once I put two and two together I turned my camera back on and began taking photos of this exciting event (nerd alert).

Cherokee Street between 12th and 13th Avenue was temporarily closed to automobile traffic where the sections of the crane were placed waiting to be hoisted into place. Luckily the sidewalk opposite the construction site was open to pedestrians.

The sections of the crane were staged on Cherokee Street.

Eviva Cherokee

Workers safely secure this section of the crane to be hoisted into place.

Eviva Cherokee

A mobile crane was brought was to assemble the crane.

Eviva Cherokee

The exterior work on the dual-brand Hyatt House/Hyatt Place hotel is just about wrapped up. Here is a photo of the hotel from Glenarm Place looking towards 14th Street.

Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Denver

At 15th between Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets is the construction site of 1144 Fifteenth Street. Once completed in about two and a half years, this project will reach 40 stories. Although this development has a long ways to go, a great amount of below grade work has been completed in the last month.

The base of a red crane can be seen on the lefthand side of the below photo.

1144 Fifteenth Street

1144 Fifteenth Street

In the background and on the righthand side of the above photo you can see the crane of the 22-story 1401 Lawrence project. Let’s take a closer look.

1401 Lawrence

Work is now taking place on the second office floor of 1401 Lawrence.

1401 Lawrence

As I walked towards Riverfront Park, I noticed that another crane has been installed at the site of the 34-story The Confluence luxury apartment project.

The Confluence Denver

The Confluence

The final touches are being applied to the exterior of the Triangle Building at 1550 Wewatta. It was announced this week that WeWork, a firm that specializes in services for entrepreneurs and small business, will lease 72,000 square feet in the Triangle Building.

Triangle Building

Triangle Building

Adjacent to the train platform at Denver’s Union Station is the Kimpton Hotel project. This development will also feature an office component.

Kimpton Hotel Denver

Below are a couple of pictures of Pivot Denver. This project was originally named 17W, but it has been rebranded. A Whole Foods is slated to occupy space in this building. This project is taking shape at 17th and Wewatta.

Pivot Denver

Pivot Denver

Across the street are two projects underway on the same block. An affordable housing project began last week and dirt is now being moved on the property at 18th and Chestnut Place.

1975 18th Street

Another crane has recently been installed at the Union Tower West site. This project will include office and hotel components housed in a 12-story building.

Below the Union Tower West construction site can be seen from the Union Station pedestrian bridge.

Union Tower West

Strolling over to LoDo we find the Z Block project at 19th Street and Wazee. This project will feature a hotel managed by Sage Hospitality and 200,000 square feet of office space. Prologis announced that they will be leasing space in this building. In this picture, the base for two red cranes can be seen.

Z Block

Over in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood we find ourselves taking a look at the Alexan Uptown project that will feature 372 apartments in a 12-story building.

Alexan Uptown

The last stop on our tour is the 26-story SkyHouse Denver development that appears to be going up faster than any other project in town. This project does not have below grade parking and a parking structure will be located behind the apartment tower. This development is located at 18th and Broadway.

SkyHouse Denver

SkyHouse Denver

That concludes the August construction update. Cranes cranes and more cranes.

Have a great rest of your week everyone,


There are 7 comments

  • Dan says:

    Thank you so much for the amazing update! It’s so nice that there is someone in Denver who is willing to walk the streets and document all the new construction. You’re one of only 2 or 3 people that actually does this. And your coverage is by far the most comprehensive. I don’t live in Denver at the moment and it just thrills me to see your photos. Thank you!!!!

  • Rob C says:

    Agreed man. Another amazing update

  • TakeFive says:

    Taking note of the “Via Denver” name I wonder if that’s intended to be Hispanic friendly? At the least it’s a nice play on the “BBVA Compass” bank on the corner.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Still no update on what’s going on near Sloan’s Lake, near 17th and Stuart? Or 6th and Santa Fe? Hmmm…

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