A ground breaking was held Monday at 1780 Pennsylvania in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood on what will become the new home of the Colorado Health Foundation. A row of shovels aligned in soft dirt with the dignified skyscrapers of downtown Denver standing to the west, created one of the most picturesque ground breaking ceremonies of 2015.
Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects designed the structure. Denver-based Urban Ventures is serving as the development advisor and Saunders Construction will serve as the general contractor on this development.
“We are going to be moving into this building towards the end of 2016 and one of the main features of this building is health-positive. The staff can come to this building and be healthier as a result of it,”said Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation.
Once constructed, Colorado Health Foundation’s new home will include 32,500 square feet of space. It will also have outdoor space with rooftop decks and gardens incorporated into the project. Below-grade parking will total 17,500 square feet.
“I know we have all been to buildings that when you walk in the building it just sucks the life right out of you. The building is like a big black hole to which light can neither enter nor escape– this is not going to be that kind of building. The new Colorado Health Foundation building will be full of light, full of life, activity, and full of purpose. We are excited about the health-positive aspects of the building,” explained McNeil-Miller at the ground breaking ceremony.
The Colorado Health Foundation is currently located at 501 South Cherry Street in Denver. The foundation is a nonprofit that works via a combination of community outreach, grants, policy making and the private sector to promote health in the state of Colorado.
Below is a rendering of what will become the new home of the Colorado Health Foundation.