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BMC, Bow River to develop Cherry Creek office building

BMC Investments is continuing its investment in Cherry Creek with the acquisition of 2727 E. Second Ave., where it plans to develop an eight-story office building with 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. 

BMC is teaming up with Bow River Capital on the project. Both firms will relocate their offices into the building. It's the sixth land acquisition BMC has made in Cherry Creek since October 2012.

"There are so many great things going on in Cherry Creek that our belief in the neighborhood now and over the long term continues to grow rapidly," says Matt Joblon, CEO of BMC Investments. "The ability to acquire one of the best locations within Cherry Creek to build a new standard-setting mixed-use project that we can own long term aligns perfectly with our business plan."

BMC and Bow River are talking with several other companies that are interested in relocating to the project, which will be designed by 4240 Architects and built by Haselden Construction. The project will comply with the 15 percent open space requirement by creating an activated public courtyard for the community. The building also will have a full rooftop deck for all office tenants to use. 

"We are excited to partner with BMC Investments on this one-of-a-kind office asset, which will emphasize cutting-edge and sustainable architecture for our long-term investment in one of Denver's strongest neighborhoods," says Blair Richardson, CEO of Bow River. "The development presents a tremendous opportunity to establish Bow River Capital Partners' corporate headquarters alongside other successful financiers in the vibrant and energetic Cherry Creek North."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Zeppelin Station breaks ground

RiNo pioneer Zeppelin Development has broken ground on a 100,000-square-foot office and retail building at 3563 Wazee St.  just steps from 38th & Blake Station.

Inspired by the success of The Source, Zeppelin Station's ground floor will be home to experiential food and beverage concepts. Zeppelin is working with operators of several multicultural food purveyors to establish grab-and-go counter eateries, as well as an anchor restaurant for a sit-down dining experience. The project also is expected to offer shops focused culinary goods, as well as fashion and design.

"The station itself is just a platform," says Kyle Zeppelin, principal of Zeppelin Development. "They don't have this historic station to have the shops and restaurants waiting for people to come off the train. The idea with this project is to provide that public amenity."

Zeppelin has a number of tenants lined up for the office space, many of which are relocating from the developer's nearby Taxi project. Tenants include Dfine Branding, Dynia Architects, Starbuck Realty Group, Brandfolder and WunderWerkz. Zeppelin Development also is moving into the new building.

"We're taking advantage of a more central location and the positive momentum we're seeing in RiNo," Zeppelin says. 

Designed by award-winning Dynia Architects, will feature indoor-outdoor open spaces characterized by high ceilings, natural light and native landscaping. Office suites will have roll-up, glass garage doors that open onto terraces overlooking the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains. Zeppelin is seeking LEED certification for the project.

The project comes just as the city has committed more than $47 million to infrastructure improvements that will come online in the next two years. Construction is under way for a modernized Brighton Boulevard, which will have the city's first elevated cycle tracks, as well as wide sidewalks and green stormwater filtration by 2017. Construction begins this year on the RiNo Park on the South Platte River just four blocks from Zeppelin Station. The park will establish a series of flexible and creative gathering spaces for the community, such as a garden court and a library.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

MSU Denver faculty showcase their own artwork

Ever wondered what the people who teach art create? Now's your chance at the Metropolitan State University of Denver Center for Visual Art's (CVA) biennial exhibit that showcases the studio art and design of its faculty and staff.

The exhibits, located at 965 Santa Fe Dr., are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

COLLECTIVE NOUNS: MSU Denver Art Faculty Exhibition is on view Nov. 18 to Jan. 21, bringing together objects across a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, video and typography representing the artists' experiences, influences and interests. The exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to see how the team of faculty and staff weave together all of their disparate backgrounds and teachings to work toward the common goal of educating students from all walks of life to become innovative creative professionals.

"As an off-campus art center, it's important to make the connection with the university art department for vistiors in order to give context to the year-round exhibitions we bring to the community that include student works and significant contemporary art," says Cecily Cullen, managing director and curator at CVA. "COLLECTIVE NOUNS makes that link and as a biennial exhibition we are able to show the evolution and innovation of subjects and methods that our educators bring to students."

Many works in the exhibition will be for sale. The student-run 965 Gallery at CVA is showing a concurrent exhibition titled TIME: MSU Denver Student Exhibition featuring student-submitted artwork juried and curated by students that reflect the theme of time.

Events, which are free and open to the public, include:
  • Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 18
  • Art and Digital Technology: 6 p.m. Dec. 1; artist talk with Michael Bernhardt, Kelly Monico, Jessica Moore and Tsehai Johnson
  • Fonts of My Family: The Fleeting Craft of Cursive Writing: 7 p.m. Dec. 2, artist talk with Shawn Meek
  • Conflict Crock Pots: 6 p.m. Dec. 7, slow-cooked politics, history, community, culture and imperialism discussion with Matt Jenkins
  • Outsider Art and Disability in Art and Design: 6 p.m. Dec. 7, artist talk with Alan Murdock
  • is EMANCIPATION: 6 p.m. Jan. 18, book release and talk with editors Peter Bergman and Zoe Larkins
Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Winners of Mayor's Design Awards announced

Mayor Michael Hancock recently honored 17 projects for the contributions they've made to Denver's public realm at the 2016 Mayor's Design Awards recently held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

"The theme that emerged from this year's field of winners is transformation," Hancock says. "The impact that these projects have made on their streets, their neighborhoods and the city will be felt for years to come. The owners and their project teams have shown a clear commitment to design with intention with results we can all take pride in."

Since 2005, the awards have been presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. Winners range from community placemaking projects and adaptive reuse of historic structures to single-family residents and major mixed-use downtown buildings. Each brings something special to Denver's visual fabric and speaks to the city's collective commitment to building healthy, sustainable communities.

The 2016 Mayor's Design Award winners are:
  • Wheels Go Round, 16th Street Mall
  • Bindery on Blake, 2901 & 2875 Blake St.
  • Mental Health Center of Denver's Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora St.
  • Freight Residences, 3515 Ringsby Ct.
  • One City Block, 444 E. 19th Ave.
  • Blue Moon Brewing Company -- RiNo District, 3750 Chestnut Place
  • Denizen, 415 S. Cherokee St.
  • Denver Art Museum Administration Building, 1226 Bannock St.
  • The Metlo, 1111 Broadway
  • The ART, a hotel, 1201 Broadway
  • Room & Board, Cherry Creek, 222 Detroit St.
  • Galaxie, 3520 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Torchy's Tacos, 1085 Broadway
  • Halcyon Hotel, 245 Columbine St.
  • Regency Athletic Complex at MSU Denver, 1600 W. Colfax Ave.
  • Private residence, 4025 Grove St.
  • Private residence, 2510 S. Lowell Blvd.
Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Koelbel, Trailbreak to develop affordable housing at SLOANS

Koelbel and Company and Trailbreak Partners are teaming up on a mixed-use project at SLOANS on the former St. Anthony Hospital site.

Plans for the site, known as Block 3, include:
  • Restoration of the Kuhlman Building to provide 49 apartments affordable to households earning 60 percent of area median income or below
  • Up to 27 market-rate row houses on West 17th Avenue, Quitman Street and West 16th Avenue
  • A new 2,200-square-foot cafe to be co-located with a 4,300-square-foot public plaza at the northeast corner of 17th Avenue and Perry Street
"SLOANS Block 3 will be a vibrant, active and attractive community that will include a diverse mix of housing and commercial uses to enhance the legacy of St. Anthony's and strengthen connections to Sloan's Lake and the existing neighborhood," says Carl Koelbel, vice president of Koelbel  and Company.

The project is receiving low-income housing tax credits, tax-increment financing from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) and a performance loan from the Denver Office of Economic Development.

"The ability to preserve a historic building, provide affordable housing and deliver new amenities to the community are key goals of the area's urban redevelopment plan," says Tracy Huggins, executive director of DURA. 

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows named

Bridget "Birdie" Meyers has been named the second elite fellow of the Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver's Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Meyers, a senior with an events management concentration, received a $5,000 cash award. She was accepted into the program in the spring and has since been working at Stonebridge Companies' Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites property downtown as a front desk agent.

"After speaking with managers of the properties and faculty at MSU Denver, we felt that Birdie exceeded expectations," says Navin Dimond, founder, president and CEO of Stonebridge and a member of the MSU Denver Foundation board. "Our selection of Birdie was based on her exceptional work performance. Birdie is a role model for all students and embodies qualities that we hope to cultivate in the next generation of hospitality leaders."

Four other new fellows also have been announced: Marcus Bosco, Michallee Gallegos, Andrea Marin and Risa Wolffis.

The Dimond Fellows Program was established after Rita and Navin Dimond provided a generous donation to the Hospitality, Tourism and Events department to support the Hotel Management Program. A significant portion of the Dimonds' contribution was specifically reserved to endow the program as a shared commitment to excellence and passion for fostering future hospitality leaders. Fellows are provided with unique professional development opportunities, including a paid internship with the executive teams at Stonebridge hotels for one semester, which counts toward their senior experience.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Fish N Beer opens in RiNo

The latest addition to RiNo's restaurant scene debuted this week with Fish N Beer opening at 3510 Larimer St.

As its name suggests, fish and beer are the stars of the menu. The casual restaurant has 16 beers on tap to showcase the flavor profiles and enhance its seafood dishes. 

Chefs Kevin Morrison and Aniedra Nichols are partners in Fish N Beer, which is a dinner-only casual restaurant with a serious approach to all things seafood and beer. The menu features grilled oysters, arctic char, a whole hybrid bass, halibut cheeks and a Greek stone bass, all served with a choice of one side dish such as grilled Brussels sprouts, parmesan-roasted acorn squash or rotisserie cauliflower.

There are also baskets of tempura rock shrimp and buffalo-fried oysters, served with fries and  a delicious slaw. As for sandwiches, there's the lobster-crab Louis roll or a hearty mushroom "steak" sandwich, both served with fries and slaw.

Morrison's restaurants include Taco, Tequila, Whiskey and Poco Toreria. He's been recognized by Bon Appetit, Huffington Post and Men's Journal.

Formerly the executive chef at Elway's Cherry Creek, Nichols' dishes have been recognized by the James Beard House, where both she and Morrison have cooked on several occasions.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Xfinity delivers gigabit speeds to Coda in Cherry Creek

The recently completed Coda in Cherry Creek apartment building is the first property in Colorado to deliver gigabit speeds to residents through Xfinity's Advanced Communities Network (ACN).

Coda developer Zocalo Community Development has been committed to innovation in the multifamily industry since its founding in 2001, boasting a number of Denver-area first in apartment development, including in-building bicycle maintenance shops and electric vehicle charging stations.

"This investment in network infrastructure at Coda property is a notable differentiator for us in the Denver area," says Susan Maxwell, principal and COO of Zocalo. "Our building is registered for LEED Gold certification, making it one of the smarter and more sophisticated properties in the region. By offering gigabit speeds to our residents as an additional amenity through Xfinity Communities, we are providing the infrastructure needed to support smart home and environmental technology, which are two very important priorities in Colorado."

Located at First Avenue and Steele Street, the 12-story building features a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments averaging 902 square feet in size. Each unit has custom tile flooring, quartz countertops, an in-suite front-loading washer and dryer and keyless entry. Many units also offer private balconies and California closet designs in the master suites.

Community amenities include:
  • A rooftop swimming pool and community lounge, featuring a chef's kitchen and outdoor grills
  • Concierge services
  • Health and fitness center with space for meditation and yoga
  • Climate-controlled garage with spaces to accommodate all residents
  • An exclusive entrance for residents into The Kitchen, the highly-rated, farm-to-table restaurant opening on Coda's ground floor in 2017
"We're thrilled to be open and to be offering a truly boutique hotel-type lifestyle in one of Denver's most sought-after neighborhoods," Maxwell says.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

New affordable housing in Five Points available for rent

Century Real Estate Advisors has completed construction of Welton Park, a 223-unit affordable housing complex at 2300 Welton St. in Five Points.

Designed by Humphries Poli Architects P.C. and built by Calcon Constructors, the apartments are now available for lease.

"We've been hard at work on this development during the past three years, and it's with tremendous pride and satisfaction that we're now able to announce its completion and continue to help meet the high demand for affordable housing in Denver," says Brent Snyder of Century Real Estate Advisors. "The city of Denver, DURA (Denver Urban Renewal Authority) and the State of Colorado Division of Housing all worked extremely hard to make this community a reality, and we're all looking forward to delivering these quality residences in a price range that is more affordable to most people. It's another step in the right direction."

Welton Park offers studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with prices ranging from $420 to $1,250. The units are available to people earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income.

Amenities at the pet-friendly Welton Park include a fitness center and on-site laundry facilities. The two-building complex is close to the library and Curtis Park and within walking distance to the 25th & Welton light-rail station.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Uniqlo opens on 16th Street Mall

Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo has opened its first Colorado store at the Denver Pavilions shopping center on the 16th Street Mall downtown. 

The two-story, 17,000-square-foot store showcases Uniqlo's full assortment of clothing for men, women and children.

"Our mission is to enhance people's lives through our clothing, and we are excited to introduce products like ultra light down jackets and Heattech Innerwear for Colorado's active, outdoor lifestyles," says Hiroshi Taki, CEO of Uniqlo USA. "We hope to bring a new, unique customer service and shopping experience to Denver Pavilions."

Uniqlo also brings its social responsibility efforts to Denver, including the all-product recycling initiative in which customers can drop off gently used Uniqlo clothing in a bin at the store for donation to those in need. The brand will host its "A Warm Gesture" in-store shopping experience in November and December to help provide warm winter clothing to homeless children across the country.

Uniqlo's apparel is designed with the Japanese values of simplicity quality and longevity. The company has more than 1,700 stores in 18 markets, including 45 stores in the United States and its e-commerce website, uniqlo.com.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Mountain Khakis to open on Larimer Square

Wyoming-based Mountain Khakis will open its first independently owned retail store on Denver's historic Larimer Square in Feb. 2017.

The mountain town-inspired lifestyle apparel brand will open a 600-square-foot preview store Nov. 17. The store will feature the brand's selection of mountain-inspired accessories and apparel and play host to Santa and visitors as part of Larimer Square's popular holiday tradition every weekend from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

"Mountain Khakis was born in the mountains so it is natural for us to open our first independent retail location -- our flagship store -- in the Mile High City," says Ross Saldarini, president of Mountain Khakis. "Larimer Square is a vibrant block that perfectly suits our brand's playful spirit, and we look forward to establishing roots in the Denver community. The store will provide outdoor and fashion devotees a closer look at our Jackson Hole heritage, which showcases a fusion of old west and new west flair combined with urban appeal."

Mountain Khakis' offerings for men and women include pants, tops and outerwear with performance details that will transition easily from the trail to city streets without sacrificing style. The company also offers accessories ranging from canvas market tote bags fashioned with recycled climbing rope to handcrafted glass belt buckles, artisan-made trade bead bracelets and  American-crafted leather luggage.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mountain Khakis' first-ever retail location to Larimer Square," says Jeff Hermanson, president and CEO of Larimer Associates. "Our goal on the historic block is to provide unique retail opportunities and Colorado-specific experiences not found anywhere else."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Hitachi Consulting joins Catalyst HTI

Hitachi Consulting is the latest company to join Koebel and Co.'s growing roster of tenants for Catalyst, a 180,000-square-foot office and retail space at 35th Street and Brighton Boulevard.

Hitachi Consulting has been designated as the "Strategy Technology Partner" for Catalyst HTI (Health-Tech Innovation) and will be taking advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with other health-tech industry leaders  in developing creative solutions that will enable healthcare companies to transform their businesses in the digital era.

"Denver is at the center of digital healthcare innovation in the United States, and Catalyst HTI will be the hub for this vibrant health-tech community," says Hitachi Consulting VP Kerry Sims. "We are very excited about the new location and the potential to collaborate with the other tenants in a building that sits at the heart of one of the most exciting and innovative neighborhoods in the nation, not just Denver."

Catalyst, which recently broke ground, is 40 percent pre-leased to 10 tenants, including Kaiser Permanente, Terumo BCT and Premier Manufacturing. The building still has 70,000 square feet of space remaining -- the largest available space in RiNo.

"With the groundbreaking of Catalyst, we are bringing the next generation of office space to the area with a focus on creating and generating community and collaboration in concert with traditional office users in every facet of the project," says Walter "Buz" Koelbel Jr., president of Koelbel and Co. 

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Shift Bannock opens in Golden Triangle

Shift Workspaces has opened Shift Bannock, its newly developed Golden Triangle location at 1001 Bannock St.

The 22,000-square-foot location provides concierge-level service and amenities to entrepreneurs, small businesses and professional service providers.

"Shift offers a shared workspace community for established professionals, along with unparalleled amenities and a genuine workplace culture," says Grant Barnhill, founder and CEO of Shift Workspaces. "Our facility promotes a sense of well-being for our members and was intentionally designed to promote workplace happiness. We've learned that we all respond positively or negatively to our environment -- that views are preferable to walls, light is preferable to dark offices and that working outdoors brightens our days."

The Bannock location joins Shift's existing Corona Street location near Cherry Creek North. Both spaces are designed to cater to entrepreneurs who want committed service in a creative atmosphere conducive to fun, collaboration and culture. From professional workshops to premium wine tastings and international film screenings, Shift strives to consistently surprise and delight its members with a variety of events and activities.

"We've seen consumer spending shift away from things and towards experiences -- we know that people are becoming increasingly interested in improving the way they spend their days," Barnhill says. "Investing in a membership at Shift goes beyond just finding a place to work. We're offering an experience akin to staying at your favorite hotel or resort."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Denver is seventh-greenest city in U.S.

Denver ranks as the seventh-greenest city in the United States, according to a recent study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University.

The third annual Green Building Adoption Index study found that 46.6 percent of office space in metro Denver qualified as green certified, down from 48.7 percent last year when Denver ranked No. 6 on t he list.

San Francisco claimed the top spot with 73.7 percent of its space considered green, followed by Chicago at 72.3 percent and Minneapolis at 60.6 percent.

Green office buildings are defined as those that hold either an EPA Energy Star label or U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or both.

"While the rate of growth in green buildings has slowed modestly, our latest study underscores that in most major markets, sustainable office space has become the new normal," says David Pogue, CBRE's global director of corporate responsibility.

Green certifications are now held by 11.8 percent of all buildings surveyed in the 30 largest U.S. markets, representing 40.2 percent of all office space. Both figures are slightly above last year's results, indicating that while green building is still occurring, the rate of adoption is slowing.

"This likely reflects the fact that only a certain fraction of the building stock can obtain a green or energy-efficiency certification," says Nils Kok, associate professor in finance and real estate at Maastricht University. "Additionally, we believe that some buildings that were previously certified did not renew their certification in 2015. This does not necessarily mean that the energy use of these buildings has changed but that some of the owners and managers may choose not to spend the time or expense to reapply for certification every year."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Village Homes breaks ground on 698-home community

Village Homes of Colorado has broken ground on Denver Connection, a 698-home mixed-use community at Chambers Road and Green Valley Ranch Boulevard.

Village Homes, a division of William Lyon Homes, plans to build 284 single-family, detached homes and 414 single-family, attached townhomes on the 115-acre site. Residents will enjoy 40 acres of open space, parks, common area landscaping and amenities, including a 10-acre city park, dog park and multi-use community facility with outdoor pool called The HUB. 

Homes will range in size from 1,245 square feet to 2,462 square feet with prices starting in the mid $200,000s. Village Homes expects its models will be open next spring.

The project also will complete the long-awaited regional connection of Green Valley Ranch Boulevard from two to four lanes between Chambers Road and Pena Boulevard.

"This is a very thoughtfully designed and amenitized community," says Jeff McGovern, Colorado division manager of Village Homes. "It will have broad appeal to people who work at nearby companies, DIA and downtown Denver, especially those who travel a lot, want an easily accessible location in the City and County of Denver and are looking for a homeownership opportunity with lifestyle flexibility."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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