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OZ Architecture designs DriveTrain development
June 2, 2016 at 11:05 pm 0
DriveTrain RiNo

DriveTrain rendering courtesy OZ Architecture

Denver-based OZ Architecture was selected by developers Tom and Brooke Gordon to lead the design and architecture for DriveTrain, a new mixed-use development that will cover three acres along the 3300 block of Brighton Boulevard in RiNo. DriveTrain will feature residential, retail, restaurant space, and a 120-room hotel. 

“OZ is the right partner for Drive Train because it has been involved in the architecture and design of more than 15 current and future projects in RiNo, contributing to the transformation of a once purely industrial part of Denver into a new hub for those seeking a collaborative, artistic and innovative community, which is exactly what we’re striving for with DriveTrain,” said Brooke Gordon.

DriveTrain’s residential options will include condominiums ranging from penthouses to micro units, as well as affordable rental housing options, which are designed as artist units that offer studio space on the ground floor and residences above.

“DriveTrain is much more than a building; it will be a new destination in RiNo,” said Rebecca Stone, managing principal at OZ Architecture and lead architect on the project. “It is going to have a very specific energy and distinct sense of place that will appeal to people of all backgrounds, interests and ages. I see it becoming a catalyst in the ongoing transformation of RiNo into one of the coolest, most interesting places in Denver.”

Underground parking is included in DriveTrain’s plan and will be open to the public, offering easy access for all to the South Platte river walk and future park, currently being built by the city along the river’s edge.

“We want to create a real place along the river and Brighton Blvd.,” Tom Gordon said. “The plan on which we’ve partnered with OZ Architecture will attract a diverse class of creative and visionary people and businesses – those seeking fresh ground to make art, launch businesses and develop new ideas. Ultimately, we hope DriveTrain is known for its quirky, collaborative, and far-from-corporate vibe.”

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in early 2017, with completion slated for late 2018. The developers have identified Milender White as the general contractor for the building.

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Denver construction update: June
May 31, 2016 at 9:51 pm 6
June is now upon us and that means it is time to take a look at the construction projects 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. 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. 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. This project is being developed by Gables Residential. This will probably be the last time the Speer Boulevard Apartments makes the Denver construction update as it is just about complete. Speer Boulevard Apartments 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. This project is also nearly complete. 7|S Denver Haus 7|S Denver Haus 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. Denver Health Support Services Denver Health Support Services Denver Health Support Services 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. Kirkland Museum 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. Eviva Cherokee Eviva Cherokee 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.  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.  AC Hotel by Marriott and a Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel  AC Hotel by Marriott and a Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel  AC Hotel by Marriott and a Starwood-branded Le Meridien Hotel 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. This building will feature 640,000 square feet of office space. Pickard Chilton the architecture firm that designed 1144 Fifteenth Street. 1144 Fifteenth Street Denver Construction Denver Construction Just a stone’s throw away is the site of the 22-story 1401 Lawrence project. The building has now reached its top floor. This is another Denver project where The Beck Group designed the building and is also serving as the general contractor. 1401 Lawrence 1401 Lawrence 1401 Lawrence Over in Riverfront Park 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. The Confluence is now rising at a pace of one floor a week. The Confluence Denver The Confluence Denver 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. Kimpton Hotel Denver Kimpton Hotel Denver Pivot Denver is taking shape at 18th and Wewatta. Pivot Denver is set to feature a Whole Foods grocery store. Pivot Denver will include 580 apartment units. Holland Partner Group is the developer and Davis Partnership Architects designed the structure. Pivot Denver Justin-36 Pivot Denver Also under construction in the Union Station neighborhood is the mixed-use Union Tower West development at 18th and Wewatta. Union Tower West will feature a 180-room Hotel Indigo along with 100,000 square feet of leasable office space. Atlanta-based Portman-holdings is the developer. Union Tower West Union Tower West Work continues at 1709 Chestnut. this development will include two building, with one reaching 24 floors and the other reaching 12 floors. Denver Construction Denver Construction On the same block as Union Tower West is the construction site of the Ashley Union Station affordable housing project. 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. Dairy Block Denver Dairy Block Denver 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. 1776 Curtis 1776 Curtis 1776 Curtis In Denver’s Uptown neighborhood at 20th and Logan Street is the Alexan Uptown apartment project. Alexan Uptown will be home to 372 apartment units. Alexan Uptown 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 Also in Uptown at 17th and Pennsylvania is the site of what will become the future home of the Colorado Health Foundation. 5280 Senior Housing is a six-story building that will house 99 residential units. construction on 5280 Senior Housing began the first week of February. This development is located at 1615 Pennsylvania Street in the Uptown neighborhood of Denver. 5280 Senior Housing 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 Thank you for stopping by and have a great June, Justin
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Zeppelin Development buys 5.5 acre RiNo site
May 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm 0
TAXi Denver

Rendering of TAXI expansion courtesy Zeppelin Development

Zeppelin Development, the developers behind TAXI and the Source, will expand its RiNo presence with the purchase of a five-and-a-half-acre site on Ringsby Court. Formerly owned by Ready Mixed Concrete, the site is located adjacent to TAXI and will be home to an expansion of TAXI. 

With a loan from its RiNo-based lender, Collegiate Peaks Bank, Zeppelin Development has acquired the former-industrial site to continue the growth of TAXI, which currently fully occupies eight buildings, including more than 100 workspaces and more than 90 residences. Plans for the site include design-forward family housing with a major affordable component, retail and cultural uses along the waterfront, and new iterations of its signature workspaces. The Ready Mixed site acquisition means that TAXI now spans the full distance between 31st Street and 38th Street along the South Platte River. The opportunity now exists for the vehicular path along Ringsby Court to move to the back of the site, freeing up the entire river frontage for use as a public plaza with buildings that open up directly to it.

“With TAXI at full occupancy over the last few years, there have been more ideas for socially impactful projects than there are space to build them,” said Kyle Zeppelin, principal of Zeppelin Development. “The immediate lease-up of Freight Residences, a new model for urban family housing, has confirmed the demand from diverse demographics, beyond millennials, who want to live in urban, well-designed and high-functioning spaces, surrounded by a community of like-minded people. We’re looking forward to continuing to push the envelope with new models for urban development that build on TAXI’s success and to continue to address underserved areas of the market.”

The purchase of the Ready Mixed site brings Zeppelin Development’s total land holdings in RiNo to 25 acres, including 228,000 square feet of office and retail space and 92 residential units.  

Liam Girard, Denver Region president of Collegiate Peaks Bank, said, “the Zeppelins have been big supporters of Collegiate Peaks Bank and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to provide acquisition financing for the Ready Mixed site. TAXI has shown that the urban live-work model works; the expansion will add more amenities and creative design to one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the country.” 

Zeppelin Development has several mixed-use projects currently underway in the RiNo neighborhood, including a 20,000-square-foot expansion of the Source market hall and the introduction of the 100 room Source Hotel; as well as Zeppelin Station, a 100,000-square-foot retail and creative office development at the new airport-bound 38th and Blake commuter rail station. Both projects are set to open in 2017.        

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Castle Rock development announced
May 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm 0
The Ledges at Promenade

Rendering of The Ledges at Promenade courtesy ARA Newmark.

ARA Newmark today announced the sale of a 15.22-acre site for a new community in the south Denver suburb of Castle Rock. This development is titled Ledges at the Promenade and construction will began this April. This development is expected to be finished in May 2019. The 166-acre master development also will feature retail and restaurants restaurants. ARA Newmark Executive Managing Directors Steve O’Dell and Chris Cowan represented the seller, a joint venture entity between Alberta Development Partners, LLC  and Forum Real Estate Group, Embrey Partners Ltd., bought the site for an undisclosed price and plans to build mountain-contemporary style apartments within the greater Promenade at Castle Rock mixed-use development. Cowan noted, “The Ledges at the Promenade is set for a core Castle Rock location which will become a one-of-a-kind destination due to Alberta's efforts to bring quality retailers and shopping previously non-existent in the area. Embrey was quick to identify and pursue this special opportunity. Together, they’re creating a dynamic and unique place to live." Located at 6200 Castlegate Drive West, the 312-unit community will offer options and amenities such as two color schemes, granite countertops, a dine-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and wood-style flooring throughout with designer carpeting in the bedrooms. The community amenities will include a 9,000-square-foot club, fitness and recreation facility; a dog park with a heated dog wash station; a bike and ski repair shop and an expansive resort-style pool and deck area. Embrey Executive Vice President of Development Jeff Booth noted, "The Embrey Partners team is honored to be selected as part of Alberta Development Partners' newest project in Castle Rock to create a top-notch development for future residents.” Booth added, "The Ledges at the Promenade will offer convenient walkability to more than 1 million square feet of adjacent shops and retail, which will significantly increase the quality of life for future residents.”
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Denver construction update: May
May 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm 8
May is now here and warmer and sunnier days are ahead. Let's take a look at the progress of the projects under construction in and around Downtown 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. 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 other photo was snapped on the west side of the project at Ogden Street. 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. This project is being developed by Gables Residential. This will probably be the last time the Speer Boulevard Apartments makes the Denver construction update as it is just about complete. Speer Boulevard Apartments 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. 7|S Denver Haus 7|S Denver Haus 7|S Denver Haus 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. Denver Health Support Services Building Denver Health Support Services Building n 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. Kirkland Museum of Fine and Contemporary Art Kirkland Museum of Fine and Contemporary Art 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. Eviva Cherokee Eviva Cherokee Golden Triangle Construction Walking north into downtown Denver at 15th and California we find the dual-brand hotel project that is being developed by White Lodging.  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. AC Hotel Le Meridien Hotel Denver AC Hotel Le Meridien Hotel Denver AC Hotel Le Meridien Hotel Denver AC Hotel Le Meridien Hotel Denver 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. This building will feature 640,000 square feet of office space. Pickard Chilton the architecture firm that designed 1144 Fifteenth Street. Denver construction 1144 Fifteenth Street 1144 Fifteenth Street Just a stone’s throw away is the site of the 22-story 1401 Lawrence project. The building has now reached its top floor. This is another Denver project where The Beck Group designed the building and is also serving as the general contractor. 1401 Lawrence Justin-204 1401 Lawrence 1401 Lawrence 1401 Lawrence Over in Riverfront Park 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. The Confluence Denver The Confluence Denver The Confluence Denver 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. Kimpton Hotel Denver Kimpton Hotel Denver Kimpton Hotel Denver Kimpton Hotel Denver Kimpton Hotel Denver Kimpton Hotel Denver Pivot Denver is taking shape 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 the structure. Pivot Denver Pivot Denver Pivot Denver Pivot Denver Also under construction in the Union Station neighborhood is the mixed-use Union Tower West development at 18th and Wewatta. Union Tower West will feature a 180-room Hotel Indigo along with 100,000 square feet of leasable office space. Atlanta-based Portman-holdings is the developer. Union Tower West Union Tower West Excavation is taking place at 1709 Chestnut. this development will include two building, with one reaching 24 floors and the other reaching 12 floors. 1709 Chestnut 1709 Chestnut On the same block as Union Tower West is the construction site of the Ashley Union Station affordable housing project. 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. Dairy Block Denver Dairy Block Denver Dairy Block Denver 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. 1776 Curtis 1776 Curtis In Denver’s Uptown neighborhood at 20th and Logan Street is the Alexan Uptown apartment project. Alexan Uptown will be home to 372 apartment units. Alexan Uptown Alexan Uptown Alexan Uptown Alexan Uptown 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 Colorado Health Foundation 5280 Senior Housing is a six-story building that will house 99 residential units. construction on 5280 Senior Housing began the first week of February. This development is located at 1615 Pennsylvania Street in the Uptown neighborhood of Denver. 5280 Senior Housing 5280 Senior Housing 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 Here is a youtube video of update as well: Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at this month's Denver construction update. Have a great May, Justin
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