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New Construction: Commercial buildings coming to Denver

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Market Station

The Market Station project is a redevelopment of RTD’s former Market Street Station. The project is slated to be completed in the summer of 2019 and takes up the entire city block block bounded by 16th, 17th, Market and Blake Streets, excluding the Regional Transportation District headquarters building at 1600 Blake Street.

Denver Infill reports, the project is made up of three buildings that will include a total of “370,000 square feet of development, featuring 90,000 square feet of office space, 85,000 square feet of retail/restaurant, and the balance as 225 apartment units. Two underground parking levels will include 350 vehicle spaces for tenants and the public.”

According to Roger Pecsok, Development Director at Continuum Partners, “We are thrilled to be starting construction on Market Station, which will be the next great downtown development, similar in scale and significance to Larimer Square and Union Station. While Denver has seen some extraordinary developments in the last few years, we believe Market Station is a unique project in an important location. Our goal is that Market Station will boost the retail vitality of this part of LoDo and 16th Street much in the same way Union Station has for the Wynkoop corridor.”

Here is a rendering of Market Station courtesy of Continuum Partners LLC, a Denver-based firm specializing in building urban, mixed-use developments:

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Market Station Courtesy of Continuum Partners LLC

World Trade Center Denver Campus

The new World Trade Center Denver Campus is coming to RiNo in 2019. Right off the Denver A-Line commuter rail’s 38th and Blake stop, the project will be comprised of 250,000 square feet of interactive office space, 40,000 square foot business conference center, a 225-room modern hotel, 500+ parking spaces, 30,000 square feet of retail space, and a 15,000 square foot rooftop restaurant and fitness club. Designed by Oz Architecture, this exciting new venture is, according to Mayor Hancock, “a significant asset in Denver’s quest to become a more internationally competitive and welcoming city.”

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Location of Zia

Zia Project

Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood, the Zia development “could add 431 residential units southwest of West 41st Avenue and Inca Street. Confluence Companies. expects to break ground on the $110 million project in spring 2018, said Tim Walsh, president of Confluence Companies.,” according to Denverite. The project could contain 119 condos, 312 apartments, as well as “7,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space as well as work-from-home areas, a parking garage, a cross-fit style fitness center, a roof-top dog park, an outdoor lounge space and a pool.” (Denverite).

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Approximate location of SugarSquarevia Google Images


The SugarSquare project is a new LoDo office building in a relatively small 10,800 square foot space. This property used to be a 25-foot wide gap stood between the Sugar Building and a two-story historic neighbor along Wazee.


Render of DriveTrain courtesy of Oz Architecture


DriveTrain, located between Brighton Boulevard and Arkins Court in the RiNo neighborhood, will be home to 220 residential units, a 120 room hotel, creative office space, restaurant space, retail space, and an outdoor courtyard. Thanks to DenverInfill, we know the space will offer “a mix of for-sale condominiums ranging in size from big penthouses to micro-units, as well as affordable rental units targeted to artists that feature studio space on the lower level with living space above.” DriveTrain is the brain child of RiNo-based Oz Architecture and will be a pedestrian-friendly development that will take up close to 3 acres. Four buildings adding up to 350,000 square feet make up the entire project (Denver Infill). 

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Renders of Denver Rock Drill courtesy of Saunders Construction

Denver Rock Drill

According to their website, Denver Rock Drill will have 318,000 square feet of office, 65,000 square feet of retail, 180 residential units, and a 175-room hotel. It is conveniently located in between the RiNo neighborhood and Cole neighborhood. According to the project’s brochure, “Denver Rock Drill defines a modern approach to adaptive reuse. Active at all hours of the day, it’s a collaborative and creative community, woven into the fabric of North Denver life. Here, where historic residential neighborhoods meet industry, opportunity is alive.”

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Kirkland Museum render, Courtesy of the Relocation Press Kit

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Debuting in just a few days (March 10, 2018), the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, located at 12th and Bannock, is considered “one of the most significant works of architecture constructed in Denver so far this century.” The project was designed by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig out of Seattle. According to Westword, the museum features “three categories of material: work by Kirkland, arguably Colorado’s greatest 20th century artist; work by other Colorado artists; and international design, decoration and craft.” Other must-see items on display will be “paintings from Kirkland, artwork from Colorado artists and a host of decorative art and design pieces — a dining room table by Frank Lloyd Wright, early Fiestaware and a dress by Andy Warhol,” (CPR).

16 Chestnut

410,000 square foot office tower under construction next to the millennium bridge (next to the Union Station light rail platforms) will be primarily leased, according to Denver Real Estate Watch, by DaVita Healthcare Partners. It’s a 19-story building and is an expansion   DaVita’s already existing headquarters right next door. It opens later this year (DenverInfill).

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Block 162 via Google Images

Block 162

According to Denver Infill, this massive project is a “606,500-square foot, 32-story office tower across 15th Street from the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel.” The project will fill in a conveniently located downtown surface sparking spot. A hotel tower is also included in the plans and tenants will have access to a fitness center, meeting rooms and outdoor amenities (Denver Urban Review).

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15th and Stout Hotel via Google Images

15th and Stout Hotel

A 21-story, 382-room hotel has recently broken ground at 15th and Stout Streets, according to Denver Infill. Originally a surface lot, the project is taking place at 801 15th Street.


Render of Platte Fifteen

Platte Fifteen

Denver’s first cross-laminated timber building, Platte Fifteen will be complete with retail and office space in summer of 2019. Currently under construction on Platte and 15th in LoHi, “amenities include usable common areas, outdoor patios, secured lobby, bike storage, in-house fitness, shower rooms, and underground parking,” according to their website. Taking the place where Natural Grocers stood, this building, designed by Oz Architecture, will be a new staple to the area. 

 999 17th Street courtesy of Davis Partnership Architects

999 17th Street

This project includes a 359-unit apartment development called The Quincy that is almost complete, but also includes a 93,000-square foot office building with ground floor retail space that was officially under construction in December of 2017 (DenverInfill). The building, designed by Davis Partnership Architects, is going to be very unique and stunning with a facade that features “a folded glass curtain wall with five diagonal folds creating six angled planes that will reflect the sky and the Denver skyline in amazing ways,” according to DenverInfill.

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Riverview at 1700 Platte

According to the Colorado Real Estate Journal, Riverview at 1700 Platte is a 213,713-square-foot Class A office building located just West across the Platte from Union Station. BP Lower 48 will be taking “approximately 70 percent of the building’s total available square footage and will occupy floors 3,4 and 5 exclusively,” (CREJ). According to Denver Infill, it will be complete in spring 2018.

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Photo via @postinowinebar

9th and Colorado

26-acre development at 9th and Colorado is expected to be completely done in 2020, will be located at the former University of Denver Health Sciences Center. Known tenants of the project are Postino wine bar, Hopdaddy Burger Bar, and Zoe’s (Denver Eater)


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2 New Buildings Coming to Larimer Square

Two new buildings, it was announced this week, are planned for Denver’s most historic city block, Larimer Square. One building will feature a hotel, event space, condos, retail and restaurant space while the other will be home to apartments and ground floor retail (CREJ). According to the Colorado Real Estate Journal, “In keeping with the intent of maintaining the integrity and character of the block, the proposed buildings will be constructed on the alleys and courtyards behind Larimer Square – 60 feet back from the storefronts.” More exciting features of the project include rooftop gardens, affordable housing, and pedestrian friendly corridors revamping the alley space. If all goes to plan, the project could be done as soon as late 2021.

Hilton Garden Inn Union Station

This is a 12-story project and will be home to 233 hotel rooms. It is located along Chestnut between 18th and 20th and is expected to be complete in late 2018.

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Credit: Callahan Capital Properties

Two Tabor

The long-incomplete Two Tabor has a new contender. With the master plan from the early 1980s, this proposed project is comprised of 33-stories of office space. Located at 17th and Larimer, the 33-story proposed tower would reside next to One Tabor which sits at 30-stories. A change to the Denver Skyline, this is a project to keep your eye on!

650 17th Street

If this 81-story project comes to fruition, it will be the tallest skyscraper in Denver at 1,000 feet. Plans for it include 248 condos, 22,000 square feet of retail and a boutique hotel. Located at 17th and California, dates on construction are still TBD (Denver Infill)..

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