It has been a month since the last Denver construction update, which means it was time to grab the camera and take a look at the projects taking shape. It was a another wild weather day in the Mile High City with two rounds of thunderstorms and periods of blue sky in between. Several events took place this weekend and it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying our city. This is also an exciting construction update as there are a couple of new projects that have joined the party.
That being said, the first project on our June construction tour is the Country Club Towers
. Prep work at this site has been taking place for the last few months, but now construction is taking place in earnest. This project will include two 30-story residential towers. The Broe Group is developing this project just west of Downing Street and on the south side of Speer Boulevard.
The Speer Boulevard Apartments
are featured in the below photo at Speer Boulevard and Grant Street. This residential project has one more floor to go before it tops out at 6 stories.
The base for a construction crane has been installed at the site of the 7|S Denver Haus
apartments. Once completed this project will include 115 apartment units.
Also under construction in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood is MOTO apartment project at 8th and Sherman Street.
Pictured above is the 8th Avenue and Broadway apartment project. The exterior finishes are now beginning to be applied.
Below are two pictures of the Joule apartment project that is under construction in Denver's Golden Triangle neighborhood at Speer Boulevard and Cherokee Street. This development is seeking LEED certification.
As the midday sun was reaching its peak in the sky, the clouds began to thicken. I proceeded north where I snapped a picture of the dual brand Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Hotel. Exterior work on this project is nearing completion. This 21-story hotel is slated to open this fall.
Here is a most exciting addition to the construction update, the 40-story 1144 Fifteen Street skyscraper. Denver Urban Review published the new renderings of this project and to see all 5 renderings, take a look at Friday's article.
Image courtesy Hines.
The construction fence is now up at the 1144 Fifteenth Street site. Construction will begin in earnest in the coming days.
At Fourteenth and Lawrence of course is the 22-story 1401 Lawrence office project that is under construction in downtown Denver.
Below is a picture of the Denver Chalk Art Festival that was taking place in and around Larimer Square. Not exactly construction related, but for sure one of Denver's great annual events. Unfortunately just a few minutes after I walked through the festival the weather quickly changed moods and a tropical downpour began. Not sure if the artists use some kind of special chalk, because it looked like the artwork was not ruined from the rain.
Looking down Wewatta towards 16th Street is the Triangle Building
where the last phases of construction are taking place.
It was at this point that the downpour began and I scampered to the nearest coffee shop to keep the camera out of the rain. The clouds parted just as fast as they arrived and since I was in the area, I wanted to see how the Platte River and Cherry Creek were looking —I have never seen that much water in Confluence Park before
Anyways, getting back to the construction tour. The next project on our list is the 34-story Confluence luxury apartment project at 15th Street and Little Raven. Excavation work continues on this project.
Over in the Union Station neighborhood is 10-story 1601 Wewatta (above) office building that is being developed by Hines. Last week it was announced that two tenants have signed to lease space at 1601 Wewatta
—Hogan Lovells LLP will lease office space and the Colorado Athletic Club will be opening a fitness center in the building.
Seen below is the construction site of the Kimpton Hotel
. This project will also include a boutique office space.
Pictured below is the construction site of the 17W
mixed use development that will feature a Whole Foods on the ground floor and 600 apartment units. The total height of this project is 13 floors.
Shown above is the Union Tower West
construction site. This mixed-used development will showcase a boutique hotel as well as leasable office space contained within a 12-story building. Union Tower West will take shape at 18th and Wewatta.
Work is wrapping up on the Elan Union Station project at 19th Street and Chestnut Place. This project will feature a King Soopers on the Ground floor.
By the time I had made my way to LoDo to take a look at the progress of the Z Block
project the clouds had returned. A great deal of excavation work has taken place at the Z block site in the last month. This project will feature a hotel managed by Sage Hospitality and 200,000 square feet of office space. Prologis recently announced that they will be leasing space in this building. Z Block is seeking LEED Gold certification.
Pictured below is the Alexan Uptown residential project at Logan and 19th Avenue. It will feature 372 apartment units in a 12-story building.
The sun came out for the last stop on our Denver construction update. The 26-story SkyHouse project has just begun to go vertical at 18th and Broadway.
I hope everyone has a good week and thank you for stopping by. There really is a ton of construction going on around Denver these days. The next few months will be exciting as several of these projects are moving from "hole in the ground stage" to going vertical.
P.S. below is a photo of the Denver skyline I captured from Diamond Hill last week when we had the full moon.
Denver Skyline from Diamond Hill. DUR June 2015.