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WoodSpring Suites announces plans for 6 new Denver area hotels
June 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0
WoodSpring Suites,  an extended-stay hotel brand, announces today that it has entered into a multi-unit agreement with Pure Strike Development, LP and CAMTOD Group to develop six new hotels in the Denver area over the next four years.
Rendering of WoodSpring Suites courtesy WoodSpring Suites.

Rendering of WoodSpring Suites courtesy WoodSpring Suites.

“We have chosen to partner again with WoodSpring Suites because of their consistent, high demand and proven operating model,” says Blake Schauer, principal partner at Pure Strike. ”WoodSpring Suites offers great support in the development and construction process, and leveraging the WoodSpring Suites expertise in this space will lead to a very successful relationship. We are pleased to expand our portfolio of WoodSpring Suites hotels to the Denver area.” The development team is currently looking for hotel sites in the Denver area. The first hotel slated for the Denver area is planned to break ground in March of 2016 in Centennial. These hotels are marketed towards extended stay guests and will feature in-room kitchens and guest laundry facilities. “This is the type of partnership we anticipated when we launched the WoodSpring Suites brand,” said Bruce Haase, CEO of WoodSpring Suites. “The WoodSpring Suites brand has strong appeal to developers and guests, and is a real asset to local communities. What better place than on the edge of the Rocky Mountains to expand our network of environmentally responsible WoodSpring Suites hotels.” WoodSpring Suites is the fastest growing extended-stay hotel brand in the United States and the company expects to break ground on 30 new hotels by the end of the year.    
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Construction Updates
Opening date for Westin DIA announced
June 2, 2015 at 12:09 am 2
Denver International Airport (DIA) and The Westin have announced that the DIA Westin will open to guests at 3 p.m. on November 19th, 2015. The Westin DIA will house 519 rooms in the 433,000 square foot, 14-story hotel.
Westin DIA. Photo courtesy DIA and Westin.

Westin DIA. Photo courtesy DIA and Westin.

“Adding a state-of-the-art hotel and conference center to our international airport places our region front and center as a leader in travel, transportation and tourism,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “We now look to the completed vision of a commuter rail that will soon connect DIA to downtown Denver, creating additional economic opportunities along the Peña Boulevard corridor stretching to our city core.” The Westin DIA has been constructed in concert with the airport's new transit center. In 2016 the East Line, a commuter rail line will open and provide a connection to downtown Denver on trains that will reach a top speed of 79mph. Trains will run every 15 minuets during peak hours along the 22.8 mile line and will deliver passengers from DIA to Denver's historic Union Station in 35 minutes. The hotel was designed by international design firm Gensler which also designed the recently completed 16M mixed-use development in downtown Denver.
Rendering of Westin Hotel and public plaza. Image courtesy DIA.

Rendering of Westin Hotel and public plaza. Image courtesy DIA.

“We are thrilled to be delivering our brand promise For A Better You to Denver International Airport before the busy holiday travel season begins,” said Tom Curley, general manager of The Westin DIA. “As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Denver is primed to soon have a hotel with refreshing ambience that allows the traveler to feel well while on the road, as well as a conference and transit center that will connect more people with everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer.” The hotel will feature a 37,000 square foot conference center and an additional 19 meeting rooms. A swimming pool and exercise facility are also included. Adjacent to the Westin DIA will be an 82,000 square foot public plaza that can be utilized for events and entertainment.      
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Art, Construction Updates
Executive Chef Jakubiec brings restaurant to ART Hotel
May 21, 2015 at 1:27 am 0
The ART Hotel. Spring 2015 DUR.

The ART Hotel spring 2015 DUR.

Rendering of 4th floor lobby at ART Hotel. Image courtesy J Public Relations

Rendering of 4th floor lobby at ART Hotel. Image courtesy ART hotel.

The ART Hotel has announced Executive Chef Chris Jakubiec will be heading FIRE Lounge & Terrace, a new restaurant in the soon-to-open hotel located at 12th and Broadway in Denver's civic and cultural district. This restaurant will utilize locally-grown and sustainably raised foods. Ingredients will be sourced from local farms, like Millberger Farm, Friends Fields Farms and Fiber of Life.
"The menu is designed to be social and approachable, while incorporating cooking techniques that elevate classic ingredients," says Chef Jakubiec. "Our dishes are inspired from the energy of the city and the exciting cultural shift towards progressive dinning and art forms. We'll be constantly evolving and look forward to bringing playful yet sincere cuisine to the dinning scene."
Situated on the same block as the Denver Art Museum and directly across the street from History Colorado, the ART Hotel is slated to open this June and will add 165 hotel rooms to downtown Denver. This project was designed by architect Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, which happens to be the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.
Works of art will be displayed at every gathering place in the new hotel and selected works were curated by Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Fire Lounge & Terrace will also serve as an art gallery with original works on display.
The Art Hotel will feature 7,000 square feet of space that can be used for meetings, banquets and weddings. Once completed the exterior will showcase a large-scale light installation by artist Leo Villareal who is know as the artist behind the San Francisco Bay Bridge's "Bay Lights." The installation will include 22,000 LED bulbs that will stretch between the motor lobby and along a portion of Broadway.
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Art, Construction Updates
Construction inspired art now at DIA
April 22, 2015 at 12:45 am 0
Denver International Airport (DIA) has announced that a five-piece painting exhibition by Denver-based artist, Charlene Goldman titled "Monolithic Orchestration," will be on display through November at DIA. These paintings were inspired by the recent construction at DIA. “Not only does ‘Monolithic Orchestration’ depict the construction of the new Hotel and Transit Center, but it also displays a talented local artist,” said Denver International Airport’s Art and Culture Manager, Chris Stevens. “These paintings illustrate the simple beauty behind the construction of the hotel.”
Goldman DIA construction

Goldman painting depicting the construction of the DIA hotel and transit project. Image courtesy DIA.

A 22.8 mile commuter rail line from Denver's Union Station to DIA known as the East Line, is under development and is slated to begin operation in the spring of 2016. This rail line will utilize a different technology than RTD's the light rail lines and is designed to carry passenger farther and faster than light rail. Trains will reach a top speed of 79 mph and will whisk passengers between downtown Denver and DIA in 35 minutes. Trains will run every 15 minutes during peak hours. In conjunction with RTD's new commuter rail line, is the development of the 519-room Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. This hotel project is currently under construction, but is nearing completion as an opening date is expected this November.
Goldman painting depicting the construction of the DIA hotel and transit project. Image courtesy DIA.

Goldman painting depicting the construction of the DIA hotel and transit project. Image courtesy DIA.

The East Line will deliver passengers to the Jeppesen Terminal- DIA's main terminal. A 26,000 square foot conference center will be housed at the hotel and an 86,000 square foot public space will sit just outside of the hotel. The hotel was designed by the architecture firm Gensler and the general contractor on the project is Kiewit. According to Goldman, the purpose of her artwork is to recreate abstract moments that convey the people, city, and the nation that contributed to the beauty of the new hotel and transit project.  Goldman focused specifically on the construction of the hotel and transit development because it allowed her to reflect on the architecture and design of the hotel as a piece of art. Passengers and airport visitors may view the paintings during regular business hours without having to go through security, at the Airport Office Building lobby, which is west of the A-Bridge security checkpoint.
Rendering of Westin Hotel and public plaza. Image courtesy DIA.

Rendering of Westin Hotel. Image courtesy DIA.

Westin Hotel DIA

Photo of Westin Hotel at DIA. Denver Urban Review April 2015.

     
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Project Announcements
Prologis to relocate to LoDo’s Z Block
April 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm 2
Image courtesy NGKF.

Image courtesy NGKF.

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF.

Image courtesy NGKF.

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF

Image courtesy NGKF

Today, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, developer McWhinney, property owner Grand American Inc. and hotel operator Sage Hospitality announced that Prologis, an industrial real estate firm has signed to lease office space in the Z Block development in Lower Downtown Denver. Currently, construction work is taking place at the Z Block site at the block of Wazee street between 18th Street and 19th Street. Once completed, Z Block will be a six-story mixed-use property. Prologis is now the cornerstone tenant and will occupy the top two floors. "We are very proud to have Prologis call Denver home for many years," said Denver mayor Michael B. Hancock. "Bringing Prologis to LoDo adds to the undeniable energy and activity surging through Denver that is attracting the best businesses and workforce from across the country." Z Block will also feature a hotel component that will be managed by Sage Hospitality. LoDo's Oxford Hotel located at 17th Street and Wynkoop and the Crawford Hotel located at Denver's iconic Union Station, are also managed by Sage Hospitality. This development is seeking a Gold LEED certification and will also feature space for retail. Shears Adkins Rockmore is the architect of record for this project. “The decision to relocate our operations headquarters was significant,” said Edward S. Nekritz, Prologis chief legal officer and general counsel. “It was important for us to put our stamp on a new building and office environment that reflects our culture. Z Block will be a fantastic addition to LoDo, and we look forward to being an integral part of this important development for the long term.” Prologis leases distribution facilities to more than 4,700 customers, including manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies and third-party logistics providers. “We are pleased to build state-of-the art office space for Prologis,” said Chad McWhinney, CEO and Co-Founder of McWhinney. “Prologis wanted to offer its team superior office amenities, excellent access to mass transit and proximity to all that LoDo has to offer, including hotels, restaurants and sports and entertainment venues.”
Demolition takes place at Z Block site.

Demolition takes place at Z Block site.

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