Construction Updates

Denver construction update: February

February 1, 2016 12

After a holiday hiatus, the Denver construction update has returned. The below photos were captured this past Saturday. It was one of those Denver days where multiple seasons were experienced in the span of a few hours. The temperature in the middle of the day was 64 degrees and by the time I was done snapping photos of the last couple of projects on my urban hike, the temperature had dropped to 41 degrees with the winds howling out of the northeast.

Anyways, let’s start off with some sunny morning pictures of the construction taking place in Denver.

The first project on our tour is the construction site of the Country Club Towers. This project is located just to the southwest of the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Downing Street. Once complete two 31-story residential towers will stand and house a total of 551 apartment units. The Country Club Towers broke ground in June of 2015. The Broe Group is the developer.

The first photo was captured on the east side of the project at Downing Street and the second photo was snapped on the west side of the project at Ogden Street. Above grade work is now taking place.

Country Club Towers Denver

Country Club Towers Denver

Heading north we see the Speer Boulevard Apartments located at 6th Avenue, Grant Street and Speer Boulevard. Exterior finishes are coming along. This project is being developed by Gables Residential.

As viewed from Speer Boulevard:

Speer Boulevard Apartments

And from 6th Avenue:

Speer Boulevard Apartments

Just a block to the north is the construction site of 7|S Denver Haus at 7th Avenue and Sherman Street. This development was designed by Denver-based Crane Architecture. 7|S Denver Haus will hold 115 apartments and it has now reached its full height.

7|S Denver Haus as seen from the intersection of 7th Avenue and Sherman Street:

7|S Denver Haus

Looking east near Lincoln and 7th Avenue:

7|S Denver Haus

At 6th Avenue and Broadway is the future site of Denver Health’s Support Services Building. This project broke ground in October and will reach 9 floors. It was designed by Denver-based Davis Partnership Architects. The building will also have space for ground floor retail where a BBQ restaurant is slated to open that will be owned by Justin Timberlake.

A photo of Denver Health’s Support Services Building construction site at Broadway looking west:Denver Health’s Support Services Building

One from the east side of the project on Acoma Street looking east:

Denver Health’s Support Services Building

The VIA Denver apartment project at 8th Avenue and Broadway is nearing completion. The sidewalks are now open adjacent to VIA Denver.

VIA Denver at Broadway and 8th Avenue:

VIA Denver

The south side of VIA Denver at 8th Avenue:

VIA Denver

A closer look from the Lincoln side of the building. Signage has been installed along with ribbon boards that feature colored lighting effects:

VIA Denver

In Denver’s Golden Triangle is the construction site of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Contemporary Art. This construction site is located at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street. The Kirkland Museum currently resides in Capitol Hill and will move to the new Golden Triangle location once complete. Shaw Construction is the general contractor.

Below are two photos of the project from Bannock Street:

Kirkland Museum

Kirkland Museum

Just a block away at 13th and Cherokee is the construction site of the Eviva Cherokee apartment project. The Beck Group provided architectural services on this development and is also serving as the general contractor. Once finished Eviva Cherokee will rise to 19 floors. Atlanta-based Integral Group is the developer.

As viewed from Cherokee Street:

Eviva Cherokee

Looking south from 13th:

Eviva Cherokee

Walking north into downtown Denver at 15th and California we find the dual-brand hotel project that is being developed by White Lodging. By the time I made my way into downtown some clouds were beginning to build along the front range- a sign of things to come.  This site will become an AC Hotel by Marriott and a Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel and will rise to 20 floors once complete. Construction began in September. This project is under construction one block from the Colorado Convention Center. White Lodging also developed the dual-brand Hyatt House/Hyatt Place hotel located on 14th Street that opened in November.

Here is a photo from the alley looking back towards the intersection of 15th and California:

AC Hotel Le Meridien Hotel Denve

Heading down 15th Street is the site of 1144 Fifteenth Street, a 40-story skyscraper under construction in downtown Denver at 15th Street and Arapahoe. After a June 2015 groundbreaking, verticle work is now taking place on 1144 Fifteenth Street. This building will feature 640,000 square feet of office space. Pickard Chilton the architecture firm that designed 1144 Fifteenth Street

1144 Fifteenth Street as seen from 15th Street and Arapahoe with 1401 Lawrence making a cameo behind it:

1144 Fifteenth Street

As seen from 15th Street and Lawrence:

1144 Fifteenth Street

And here is a close up of 1144 Fifteenth Street:

1144 Fifteenth Street

Just a stone’s throw away is the site of 22-story 1401 Lawrence project. By my count, work has now begun on the 21st floor, so only one more floor to go before this tower tops off.  This is another Denver project where The Beck Group designed the building and is also serving as the general contractor. The glass curtain will is now being installed.

Here is 1401 Lawrence from 14th and Lawrence:

1401 Lawrence

As seen from Speer:

1401 Lawrence

And 1401 Lawrence as captured from 15th and Market Street:

1401 Lawrence

Over in Riverfront Park is The Confluence is taking shape at 15th Street and Little Raven. The 288-unit building will feature studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments. The Confluence will reach 34 floors once finished. This project has been under construction for 13 months and we are now seeing some above grade work taking place.

Here is The Confluence site from Speer Boulevard:

The Confluence Denver

Here is a pano of The Confluence construction site:

The Confluence Denver

Next is a look at the construction site of the 12-story Kimpton Hotel. This project will also include a 5-story office component as well. The hotel will house 200 rooms and space for ground floor retail/restaurants will also be constructed. This development is taking shape adjacent to the Denver Union Station train platform.

Here is the Kimpton Hotel site from 16th Street and Wewatta:

Kimpton Hotel Union Station

As viewed from the train platform at Denver’s Union Station:

Kimpton Hotel Union Station

Also under construction in the Union Station neighborhood is the mixed-use Union Tower West development at 18th and Wewatta. Union Tower West will rise to 12 floors and will feature a 180-room Hotel Indigo along with 100,000 square feet of leasable office space. Atlanta-based Portman-holdings is the developer.

The below photo was captured from the pedestrian bridge at Union Station:

Union Tower West Denver

The next pano photo depicts Union Tower West on the left and Pivot Denver on the right as captured at 18th and Wewatta. Pivot Denver is set to feature a Whole Foods grocery store. Pivot Denver will include 580 apartment units and will top off at 13 floors. Holland Partner Group is the developer and Davis Partnership Architects designed Pivot Denver.Pivot Denver Union Tower West

A look at Pivot Denver from the 18th street pedestrian bridge. Also, the open lot in the foreground is the site of the 1709 Chestnut a development in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood that will feature a 24-story building and a 12-story building. Between these two structures 500 apartment units and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space will be constructed. It appears that some site prep work has taken place at the 1709 Chestnut site.

Pivot Denver 1709 Chestnut

On the same block as Union Tower West is the construction site of the Ashley Union Station affordable housing project.

One can also see from this photo that glass is now being installed on Union Tower West which is shown in this photo:

Ashley Union Station

In Denver’s LoDo neighborhood is the mixed-use Dairy Block development at the block of 18th, 19th, Wazee and Blake Streets. This development will feature leasable office space and a hotel that will be managed by Sage Hospitality. Earlier this year it was announced that Prologis will become the signature tenant of the office portion of the development. It was at this point in the afternoon that the clouds really began to move in and the temperature began to drop.

Dairy Block as seen from 19th and Wazee:

Dairy Block Denver

Dairy Block from the Blake Street side of the development:

Dairy Block Denver

Next is 1776 Curtis, a residential high-rise that will reach 29 floors, with the 29th floor serving as a mechanical penthouse. A total of 359 apartment units will be offered in studio, one, and two bedroom options. The 28th floor will feature penthouse units. The development will also include 999 17th Street, a 9-story office building that will be located at the 17th Street side of the block.

The construction site of 1776 Curtis in Downtown Denver as seen from 18th Street:

1776 Curtis

A construction worker noticed I was taking photos of the project from across the street and after visiting with him for a couple of minutes, he allowed me to take a closer photo:

1776 Curtis

Here is a photo of the crane at 1776 Curtis:

1776 Curtis

The temperatures were really dropping at this point and I had to put my hand on my head to ensure my Denver Bronco’s hat did not blow away, but I forged ahead to make certain I captured all of the projects on my list.

In Denver’s Uptown neighborhood at 20th and Logan Street is the Alexan Uptown apartment project. Alexan Uptown will top out at 12 floors and will be home to 372 apartment units.

As seen from Benedict Fountain Park:

Alexan Uptown

Alexan Uptown at 20th and Logan:

Alexan Uptown

And 19th and Logan:

Alexan Uptown

Also in Uptown at 17th and Pennsylvania is the site of what will become the future home of the Colorado Health Foundation.Colorado Health Foundation

The last project on the update is SkyHouse Denver. This apartment project has been rising at 18th and Broadway. SkyHouse Denver will feature 354 apartment units and 6,900 square feet of space for ground floor retail.

SkyHouse Denver

SkyHouse Denver


SkyHouse Denver

That concludes this month’s look at the progress of the construction sites in and around downtown Denver. I hope you all have a great week and stay warm out there.

I do have one more thing say:

Go Broncos!!!

Best regards,


There are 12 comments

  • Ryan says:

    Amazingly comprehensive update! Thanks Justin — I know this is hard work, but it is much appreciated.

  • Nicholas says:

    I really like the monthly updates in pictures. To have every project compiled into one post really gives a better sense of the scale of Denver’s growth. Thanks Justin and keep up the good work.

  • Lawrence Lee says:

    Nice update. Thanks.

  • Dan B says:

    Denver is just killing it right now. Thanks for another amazing photo tour, Justin.
    I look forward to viewing your construction updates from just a bit west in San Francisco. Can’t wait to get my back to Denver this summer and check out all this new construction in person.

    • Justin says:

      Thanks Dan! The coming months will be exciting as 1144 Fifteenth Street and The Confluence are now going vertical.

  • Bryan says:

    Nice update!!

    Denver is booming

  • Rob C says:

    Thanks for braving the cold, Justin. As always, what an awesome update! I really look forward to these.

  • Zach says:

    Great work! Would you ever cover the development areas in West Highland. Big project around Lowell and Tennyson off 38th. Of these I am sure you are aware.