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New Class AA Spec Building Coming To Denver’s Belleview Station

24 Jul 2014, 7:06 am

by Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

One Belleview Station, a Class AA, LEED Gold office building is coming to Denver’s downtown district. The transit-oriented, 16-story building will feature 310,000 square feet of office space and is a rare speculative development in the Denver area.

Denver-based real estate firm Prime West purchased the land in 2013 and will co-own the building with New York-based real estate investment firm Goldman & Sachs. Front Range Land and Development is the master developer, while famed architecture firm Gensler will handle the rendering and design work.

One Belleview Station is conveniently located at the intersection of I-25 and Belleview Avenue and is surrounded by the Denver Technological Center. In addition, the structure is in close proximity to various Denver cultural and leisure destinations, including the Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Zoo and the Denver Athletic Center. According to the official Belleview Station website, premier surrounding residential neighborhoods have an average household income of over $100,000. The LEED Gold building is expected to become a popular attraction for career-driven professionals in the Tech Center area. Steve Clarke, Prime West CEO, told the Denver Business Journal that speculative development is possible in the Belleview area due to the proximity to public transportation and surrounding amenities. One Belleview is within walking distance from the Technological Center, premier residential neighborhoods and school districts, as well as multiple dining and retail attractions.

The Class AA building will include four levels of parking space, immediate access to public transportation, fitness center, outdoor plaza areas and retail and restaurant space on the ground level. Construction on the $90 million office building is set to begin in January 2015. According to the Belleview Station website, the mixed-use development will include 2.200,000 square feet of office space, one or two hotels, 1,800 residential units, and 250,000 square feet of retail space.

Rendering courtesy of Prime West 



Hines to Build New 40-Story Office Tower in Denver

25 Jun 2014, 11:36 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

Hines recently announced plans to build a new 40-story office tower in Denver. The new construction will become the first office building of this height built in nearly three decades and, upon completion, will be one of the tallest office buildings in Denver.

Located at 1144 Fifteenth, between Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets, the 640,000-square-foot, Class A office building will feature numerous in-building amenities including a state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot fitness facility; an auto detailing service in the parking garage; and ground floor retail. The premier high-rise office building will be situated in the heart of Denver’s amenity-rich LoDo area, adjacent to the Four Seasons hotel and condominiums, just one block away from Larimer Square.

“We are very excited about introducing this new icon to the Denver skyline. 1144 Fifteenth will set a new standard for Denver’s high-rise office space and enhance our city’s urban experience. It has been nearly three decades since Denver has received an office tower of this size and scale. We strongly believe that the quality and location of this building will be appealing to a wide range of tenants and ultimately, once finished, we feel this will be the premier asset in all of the Rocky Mountain west,” stated Hines Managing Director, Jay Despard.

Designed by Pickard Chilton, the building will feature 25,000-square-foot floor plates, 10-foot ceilings on typical floors, floor-to-ceiling glass and the best parking ratio of any high-rise Class A office building downtown.

“With all of our equity funding now in place, we are building this project on a purely speculative basis, which is a testament to the strength of the Denver market and our confidence in its future growth. We plan to own this building for a long time, and will be delivering the high level of quality expected from a new Hines office tower. Pickard Chilton and Hines have an exceptionally successful track record of developing best-in-class office projects in North America, and we are pleased to be delivering the next landmark office tower in Denver,” said Hines Senior Managing Director, Charles Elder.

Construction will begin in May 2015 and will be completed in December 2017. The lead broker of the project is Peter Schippits with JLL.

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The Curtis, Denver’s Pop Culture Hotel, Completes Renovation

18 Jun 2014, 6:25 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

The Curtis – a Doubletree by Hilton has recently completed an extensive $7 million property renovation that included upgrades to all guest rooms and a lobby expansion.

Located at 1405 Curtis Street, the 336-room property is Denver’s only pop culture hotel. The downtown Denver hotel now features “hyper themed” suites on each of its 13 themed guest floors. The suites include custom art by Colorado artists, unique flooring and decorations. For example: on the 8th “Sci-Fi” floor there is a Star Trek Enterprise room featuring out-of-this-world futuristic flooring, Lucite furniture and cast photos; on the 13th “Dun Dun Dunnnnn!” floor is located the Ghostbusters room which includes lime green “Slimer” floor tiles and a ghostly 3-d art illusion; on the 15th Floor “Mad About Music” the Jimmy Buffett room features ocean blue floor tiles and giant Margaritaville mural highlighting top hits like “Five O’clock Somewhere”; and on the 16th floor “Pedal to the Medal” – “Shake & Bake!” the Talladega Nights suite features custom movie wall art and over-the-top NASCAR trinkets.

The Curtis has also added two new one-bedroom suites to complement its existing Rolling Stone Suite – the KISS Suite and the Spice Girls Suite. Each suite is 800 square feet and features a separate living room and master bedroom. The newly renovated and expanded lobby now features complimentary coffee service for guests daily until 10 a.m. and a business center.

“We really wanted to let the hotel’s funky personality shine through even brighter with this renovation,” said JoAnn Elston. “Our new lobby features a lot more seating and is a much more relaxing place for guests to gather.”

The Curtis opened in 2007 and is managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality. The hotel features over 28,000 square feet of event space and a large fitness center.

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Image Courtesy of: www.thecurtis.com



ViaWest Opens New $208 Million Data Center

12 Jun 2014, 3:31 pm

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

ViaWest has recently opened its latest Denver-area data center in order to meet the growing demand from companies for cloud computing.

The Denver Business Journal reports the new $208 million data center has become the company’s fifth in the Denver area. ViaWest’s 210,000-square-foot Compark Center is located just east of Centennial Airport and features 140,000 square feet of raised floor with space for future growth. The company has invested around $208 million in the construction of the center and estimates that the total investment could reach $316 million over the next seven years.

Plans to build the Compark Center were announced in October 2013 and at the time, Nancy Phillips, president and CEO of ViaWest, said: “As a Denver-based company for more than fourteen years, we are proud to expand our presence in this region to further serve our existing customers and meet the strong demand we’re seeing nationwide. Our dedication to delivering high-touch customer service and a growth path of IT capabilities continues to uniquely position us in the market. We are eager to grow our footprint with the addition of another industry-leading data center facility.”

ViaWest currently owns and manages 27 data centers in the Rocky Mountain west, Texas, Oregon and Minnesota.

“ViaWest is a key part of the Colorado technology ecosystem,” says Kristin Russell, CIO for the State of Colorado. ”We are so pleased to see ViaWest continue to grow and strengthen its much-appreciated commitment to the IT community in Colorado. Their continued expansion is a strong indicator of the growth within Colorado’s technology sector.”

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Image Courtesy of: www.viawest.com



SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown Becomes First LEED Gold Certified Hotel in Denver

5 Jun 2014, 12:58 am

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver recently announced it has received LEED Gold certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The $45 million SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown hotel is owned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver and managed by Sage Hospitality. The hotel has become the first metro Denver hotel to receive LEED Gold certification and the second in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott brand portfolio.

The 150-suite hotel opened, alongside the 28,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center, in 2012. The public-private partnership between MSU Denver and Sage Hospitality created a dynamic environment for education and on-the-job training for students. The learning center is the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region and one of only 11 in the whole country.

“Sage Hospitality is dedicated to operating eco-friendly hotels, so we are extremely proud to receive Denver’s first LEED® Gold certification,” says Walter Isenberg, president & CEO of Sage Hospitality. “This property gives both business and leisure guests an amazing green lodging option in the heart of downtown Denver and we are using it as a model of sustainability for all future development projects.”

The hotel and learning center earned a total of 62 LEED points and their green features include: the use of high efficiency plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints and flooring; secure bicycle storage with lockers and changing rooms to encourage employees and students to use alternative transportation. Close to 20 percent of the building was constructed using recycled materials and more than 78 percent of material waste from the construction was recycled. Ninety percent of regularly occupied areas offer natural day lighting.

The downtown Denver hotel also features numerous amenities including a market, a fitness center, complimentary area shuttle service and complimentary hot breakfast. The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown also offers 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

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Image Courtesy of: www.springhillsuitesdenver.com







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