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Industrial RiNo building to be converted into office space

The Yard at Denargo Market, an 85,000-square-foot industrial building at 2323 Delgany St. in River North, is being converted into an innovative office building.

EverWest Real Estate Partners and WHI Real Estate Partners purchased the building last month with plans to transform The Yard into flexible and adaptable tenant spaces with open lighting via 24 skylights and 19-foot high windows, common conference space, collaborative areas, an outdoor patio, indoor bike storage, a fitness center and a reception bar.

"The existing structure offers ultimate flexibility for us as we are designing these interactive common spaces and also delivers an amazing canvas for users who are looking for something different from traditional office space," says Curt Kremer, managing principal with EverWest. "The Gensler team has done a tremendous job of blending new use within this old structure making for a uniquely creative product."

The Denver-based investor and developer is expanding its local asset portfolio, which includes Cherry Creek Corporate Center, Broadway Station, Panorama Corporate Center and more than 320,000 square feet of industrial product. 

"This investment is part of a creative office redevelopment strategy that EverWest is implementing nationally," Kremer says. "The Yard's concept and location fill a desirable space demand in the downtown Denver business district."

Renovations are scheduled to begin late this year, with planned delivery scheduled for mid-2017.

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

Campus Lounge sold to group led by St. Charles Town Company

A partnership led by St. Charles Town Company has purchased The Campus Lounge building, an iconic Bonnie Brae neighborhood lounge at the corner of South University Boulevard and East Exposition Avenue in a deal that closed Sept. 28.

St. Charles Town Company is teaming up with Dan Landes of City O' City and WaterCourse Foods to create a bistro-style concept in the old dive bar.

"It's both an honor and a big responsibility to take on a project like The Campus Lounge," said Charlie Woolley, founding principal and president of St. Charles Town Company. "We want to restore the building, which has a past that precedes The Campus, and preserve the legacy that is The Campus."

St. Charles Town Company adds the Campus Lounge to its growing list of neighborhood restaurants downtown, on East Colfax and in Bonnie Brae. The company continues to focus on real estate projects in urban neighborhoods, including LoDo, LoHi, East Colfax Avenue, Westwood, Edgewater and Lakewood. 

"Dan and his partner share our passion to serve communities and understand neighborhood serving spaces," Woolley said. "We know they will reinvigorate the Campus in an exciting way that pays homage to the carefree ambiance Jim Wiste instilled in the many generations of family, patrons and friends who frequented his beloved lounge."

The Campus Lounge opened as the Bel-Aire in 1946 and became The Campus Lounge in 1949. Seller Jim Wiste, a former NHL player, purchased the building from Bill and Joe White in 1976.

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

Zeppelin starts construction of new building for Boa

Zeppelin Development has started construction of a 140,000-square-foot office building to house Denver-based Boa Technology, a maker of closure and adjustment systems integrated into athletic footwear.

The building, called FLIGHT, will be part of the mixed-use TAXI community, where Boa is currently located. 

"Our mission at Boa is to manufacture a technology that speaks to the fundamental needs of its users," says Mark Soderberg, the company's CEO. "In order to continuously innovate, our team requires an inspiring space where ideas thrive, and Zeppelin truly gets that. We've really enjoyed our time at TAXI and love working with Zeppelin Development. We share similar goals and values, and Zeppelin has continuously demonstrated an unmatched understanding of our needs, which will without a doubt translate to this next phase."

The new space will host the Boa Fit Lab that launched in 2015 in the DRIVE building, a facility used to create fit solutions with partners, fuel product progression and ensure quality through rigorous testing. 

With the addition of FLIGHT, TAXI will be home to one of the largest single-tenant office spaces in the River North neighborhood. 

"Boa shares in our values of collaboration, community and humanity as the core of a successful and growing entrepreneurial business," says Kyle Zeppelin, a principal of Zeppelin Development. "They are an integral part of the culture at TAXI, and by commissioning a building that harnesses these principles to specifically meet their needs, we're ensuring a thriving partnership for many more years to come -- with a homegrown, Denver success story that we've watched take form under our roof at TAXI."

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

OZ to design World Trade Center campus

OZ Architecture has been selected to design the World Trade Center Denver campus in near the 38th and Blake commuter rail station in River North.

Officials plan to develop an economic development engine that provides an accessible, welcoming destination where new ideas will be forged, art and culture will be celebrated, businesses will grow and innovations will be shared.

The project includes the World Trade Center Denver offices, new and established businesses, creative workspaces, conference facilities, hotel and retail and restaurants. An interconnecting series of art-filled outdoor public spaces will unify the various components.

"Unlike many of the world's nearly 300 World Trade Centers that are iconic skyscrapers designed with a singular focus, WTC Denver creates an engaging, inclusive campus that embodies Colorado's collaborative spirit, entrepreneurial heritage, hospitable climate and resultant outdoor lifestyle," says Sean Campbell, founder and CEO of Formativ, WTC Denver's development partner.

In an effort to capitalize on the collaborative nature of the project, OZ is conducting a series of idea-generating planning sessions that engage the business and design community both locally and internationally.

The WTC Denver campus is expected to break ground next year, with phase one completed in 2019. Landscape architecture design will be provided by Design Workshop. Andrew Feinstein from EXDO Properties is a development partner and a land owner in the project.

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

Public invited to Denveright workshops to establish vision for city

The City and County of Denver is hosting a series of Denveright workshops to establish a vision for the city's future.

The workshops are part of a historic and unprecedented effort to inform citywide plans for land use, mobility, parks and recreational resources. They're also an opportunity for the community to have conversations that will help shape the city for decades to come. Plans included in Denveright are Blueprint Denver (land use and transportation); the Game Plan (parks and recreation; Denver Moves: Transit; and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails.

The workshops will be held on the following dates:
  • 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Tues. Oct. 4, McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
  • 3-5 p.m. on Tues. Oct. 4, New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd.
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tues. Oct. 4, North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd.
  • 3-5 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 5, Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St.
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 5, College View Elementary, 2674 S. Decatur St.
City officials who will attend the events include Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning & Development; Happy Haynes, executive director of Denver Parks & Recreation; and Jose Cornejo, executive director of Denver Public Works.

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

Gleam Car Wash opens in North Denver

North Denver has a shiny new car wash.

Gleam Car Wash, located on West 38th Avenue between Wolff and Xavier streets, features a state-of-the art car wash tunnel, an enclosed detail center and an upscale waiting area that offers coffee and goods from local businesses.

"I've been in the business of washing cars for over a decade," says Rob Madrid, co-manager of Gleam. "Gleam is going to brush off the image of car washes as dirty, smelly places you can't wait to get out of. We're going to provide a great environment for everyone who needs a clean car."

Gleam's 135-foot tunnel can wash a car in about three minutes, with prices starting at $6. It also uses less than 15 gallons of fresh water per car.

"If you wash your car yourself, you'll use 80 to 140 gallons of drinkable water, and your car won't be as clean," says Emilie Baratta, another Gleam co-manager. "Gleam will reclaim 90 percent of all the water used and treat 100 percent of that. If you are cleaning your car at home, you are pouring untreated toxic chemicals into our stormwater system. Untreated, these chemicals pollute our waters and kill fish and other wildlife."

Gleam also is giving back to the community by donating $1 of its top-end Gleam Interior washes to Groundwork Denver and $1 of its top-end Exterior Total to Children's Hospital Colorado. Gleam also offers fundraising opportunities to schools, churches, sports teams and other charitable groups, which can sell gift cards and keep 40 percent of the sales.

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

The Workroom opens in Backyard on Blake

The Workroom, a co-working space with several monthly membership options has opened in Backyard on Blake, a mixed-use development between 30th and 31st streets on Blake Street in River North.

The Workroom has 3,000 square feet of space, with seven private offices and an open floor plan with 16 workstations and desks surrounding a central conference room. Memberships begin at $175 a month for floating workstations; $350 a month for permanent desks; and $1,000 a month for private offices. All members have access to the conference room, high-speed Internet, printer, copier and scanner, in addition to a kitchen, lounge and cafe bar serving beer, wine and coffee.

"We're excited to be opening in RiNo's newest co-working space at Backyard On Blake," says Fiona Arnold, president of Mainspring Developers. "We think the Workroom provides an interesting option to work in a great space that that is also part of a vibrant community that includes first-time businesses, public spaces and rooftop gardens, along with a restaurant and coffee shop."

The Workroom is located above the courtyard and adjacent to the rooftop deck. Members will have easy access to all the services provided by the building's tenants, which include The Fitness Branch, And Collaborative, Edge on StreetRoostercat CoffeehouseThe Preservery and Spinster Sisters.

The Workroom will be hosting an open house on Tues. Oct. 4, with tours of the space, drinks and appetizers.

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

Speer neighborhood getting new coworking space

Alchemy Creative Workspace, a new coworking space at 66 S. Logan St., is nearing completion and will welcome entrepreneurs in October.

Designed by Chris Fulenwider, Alchemy co-founder and president of CF Studio Architecture + Development, Alchemy features dedicated desks, co-working memberships and private office suites for startups and small businesses.

"Chris and I wanted to create more than just another co-working space in Denver," says Travis McAfoos, co-founder of Alchemy. "Alchemy is a shared office alternative where collaboration, mutual respect, life-work balance and collective well-being are embraced in an atmosphere of positive entrepreneurial spirit."

Located in an old bow-truss warehouse building, Alchemy's two-story design stems from a central axis through the center of the cathedral-like space, where interaction among members will be promoted with lounge seating areas, high-top tables, a bar, kitchen and the main conference room. A nest lounge area will be between trusses and on top of the conference room, which has a raised ceiling. 

The first floor of the building will feature a new yoga studio, and dogs will be welcome at Alchemy. Free local craft beers will be served daily and there are plans for monthly member networking events.

"The Baker and Wash Park neighborhoods currently do not have office options like Alchemy," Fulenwider says. "Not only are we filling a void for people who don't want to work at home or deal with a commute downtown, we know the location's proximity to so many great lifestyle options are a huge draw."

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

Denver wins grant to strengthen retail industry

The Denver Office of Economic Development is getting a $422,652 from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership grant to strengthen retail industry career services. 

Denver is one of 10 cities across the country to form and implement new models of career services specific to retail that will serve as best practices for the roughly 550 Workforce Development Boards in the United States that provide career services such as coaching, soft-skills training, specialized-skills training and referrals to other resources. The funding is part of a $10.9 million grant the Walmart Foundation made to the workforce partnership in March.

"Helping create local jobs for local residents is a priority for us, and we're thrilled to receive this grant that will equip us to better support struggling residents who are working hard to get back to work," says Mayor Michael Hancock. "This is a great opportunity to grow good entry-level and middle-skill jobs in a sector that plays a significant role in Denver's economy, and we're ready to work with businesses to develop clear career paths in retail, while providing skills training and new approaches to accelerate career development."

The Denver grand funding will provide a variety of services to job seekers, including:
  • Job readiness training customized to the retail sector, including helping jobseekers acquire the soft skills that are critical for workplace success such as teamwork, leadership, communication and conflict resolution
  • Job placement assistance, resume writing help and interviewing skills workshops
  • Post placement services to promote job retention
Among the services OED will offer employers are:
  • Serving as a point of contact for retail employers in the area for recruiting and training opportunities, including career tracks such as sales, customer service, logistics, merchandising/buying and management
  • Customized recruiting and screening and assistance in writing job descriptions for new positions
  • Employee retention assistance and improving the supply of qualified job candidates
Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Barolo goes casual with new space in Avanti

Barolo Grill is going casual with the opening of Chow Morso in Avanti Food & Beverage in LoHi.

Ryan Fletter is bringing his Italian street food concept to the first-floor space currently occupied by Bixo Mexiterranean Bites. Fletter is teaming up with Darrell Truett, executive chef at Barolo, and Don Gragg, who worked at Barolo when it opened and has since worked at nationally recognized restaurants including Chez Panisse in Berkley, Calif., and Gramercy Tavern in New York City. At Chow Morso, Truett will serve as executive culinary director and Gragg will lead the team as executive chef.

"Avanti is all about developing a concept and fin tuning it in a small collective space, so it's the perfect setting to launch Chow Morso," Fletter says. "The platform allows us to be creative and pivot as needed to make sure our ideas are working and guests are happy. Avanti's restaurant incubator platform is a perfect training ground without the enormous risk that goes along with a brand-new brick-and-mortar space."

The menu features small- and large-plate options, as well as the choice of creating your own pasta. There will be lightly fried calamari skewers and polenta fries and savory puff pastry doughnuts wrapped in prosciutto. Everything on the menu comes in Chow (large) and Morso (small) portions and is under $15.

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

New RiNo hotel to feature NYC's Death & Co

Gravitas Development Group has broken ground on The Ramble Hotel, a 50-room boutique hotel in RiNo that will feature Death & Co Denver as its marquee lobby bar. 

The bar marks the first outpost outside of Death & Co's original location in New York's East Village.

"We've long thought about growing Death & Co but have been understandably careful to do so," says David Kaplan, co-founder of Death & Co. "I believe the Death & Co DNA can be expanded to a host of different spaces and experiences, and with Death & Co at The Ramble, we'll be able to show that. We are looking forward to our first collaboration with a hotel, providing for guests' needs from their first bite and first sip of coffee to their nightcap before tucking in."

Located at 2450 Larimer St., the hotel is expected to open in late 2017. It will include an intimate theater and bar; flexible meeting space; a small retail outlet and an outdoor courtyard.

"Not only is our most recent development in RiNo, but our office always has been as well," says Ryan Diggins, a partner in Gravitas. "The neighborhood is fertile ground for artists and creative entrepreneurs, and we hope to create a space where travelers and locals can personally experience the art, authenticity and ambition that make RiNo so great."

Designed by Denver's Johnson Nathan Strohe, with interiors by Los Angeles-based Avenue Interior Design, the hotel's 4,700-square-foot lobby with 20-foot ceilings takes inspiration from French salons of the 17th century and the salon's utility in society as not only a platform for the exchange of ideas through conversation but as a catalyst to creating community.

"The edifice is designed to engage the passerby, the hotel guest and the restaurant patron, evoking an old-world charm and a certain curiosity that allows a moment of pause and lets the eye wander to intricate masonry and metal detailing," says Tobias Strohe, partner at Johnson Nathan Strohe. "Materials are traditional and of lasting quality, giving a nod to their neighborhood context while incorporating a contemporary interpretation."

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

DIA hotel to be converted into Courtyard by Marriott

Stonebridge Companies has acquired the Denver International Airport Country Inn & Suites and plans to convert the hotel into a Courtyard by Marriott property.

The 192-room hotel will undergo a significant renovation and conversion to offer the latest Courtyard with six interior design finishes, a full-service Bistro Cafe and bar, WiFi, a business library, boardroom and meeting rooms, guest laundry, gift shop market, 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor patio with a fire pit and views of the Rocky Mountains.

"We are excited to announce the conversion of the Country Inn & Suites to the Courtyard Marriott," says Navin Dimond, founder, president and CEO of Stonebridge. "We have had a long and strong-withstanding relationship with Marriott, and therefore we know this hotel will keep true to our Distinguished Hospitality brand as we continue to provide modern comfort and convenience."

The 192 guest rooms include a combination of 74 two-bed queen size and 118 single-bed king room accommodations, which include 15 larger king suites and two extra-large king suites designed for longer stays.

Founded in 1991, Stonebridge is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver. Its diverse portfolio of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the United States.

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

Gene Commander named to DURA board

Gene Commander has been named to the Denver Urban Renewal Authority Board of Commissioners to help provide policy direction in all aspects of the organizations activities.

Commander, president of alternative dispute-resolution firm Gene Commander Inc., brings the perspectives of the legal and real estate landscapes in Denver after previously spending more than 35 years as an attorney representing clients involved in nearly every sector of the construction industry. He formerly served as managing shareholder for the Denver office of Polsinelli PC, as well as the vice chair of the firm’s national construction practice.

"Gene brings an appreciated perspective to the DURA Board of Commissioners, with expertise in redevelopment and construction," says Tracy Huggins, executive director of DURA, Denver’s facilitator of redevelopment and neighborhood investment. "As DURA continues to manage thoughtful solutions for redevelopment in the areas that need it most, Gene will provide a respected voice."

Commander also is an active member and past chairman of the Downtown Denver Partnership, a panel member with the American Arbitration Association and a past board member of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado.

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

Tech companies lease more space than other industries

High-tech companies accounted for the most leasing of any other industry in 2015, according to a recent report from CBRE Research.

Last year, high-tech companies accounted for 16.5 percent of the total square footage leased in metro Denver. Across the state, high-tech encompasses 15.5 million square feet.

"There is migration from submarket to submarket -- for example, downtown Denver is more tech-focused today than ever -- and between property types, with traditional office space still dominating but tech firms now occupying everything from co-working space to industrial/flex buildings," says Katie Murtaugh, research analyst and CBRE Denver. "The industry's evolution has led to unique submarket trends in terms of the type and maturity of high-tech companies that locate in specific areas and the format of the space they lease."

Of Colorado's 15.5 million square feet occupied by the high-tech industry, defined in the report as high-tech services and manufacturing, hardware companies were the largest occupiers of real estate at 6.5 million square feet. The next highest user is software publishing at 4.4 million square feet, followed by business services at 2.4 million square feet.

Subsector diversification varies by submarket. In downtown Denver, software business services and cloud make up a combined 70 percent of the high-tech footprint. Hardware, Colorado's largest overall subsector, has a significant presence in the northwest and Boulder submarkets at 7.7 percent and 33.6 percent, respectively but it's Fort Collins and Colorado Springs that see the lion's share at 88.6 percent and 76.8 percent, respectively.

"The diversification of Colorado's high-tech sector comes as a surprise to many people, Murtaugh says. "Subsectors like social media and e-commerce frequently receive a lot of fanfare, but it's our state's hardware, software publishing and business services tech companies that have the largest footprint. Overall, a diversified tech sector is a healthy sector and the best-positioned to weather any one subsector's storm."

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

Robert Bell is artist in residence at Four Seasons

Denver-based artist Robert Bell will be the fifth artist-in-residence at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver for the month of September.

In addition to displaying artwork throughout the hotel, Bell will draw from a pop-up studio in the lobby on the afternoons of Sept. 9 and Sept. 29. Both events will be followed by cocktail parties from 4 to 9 p.m. in EDGE Bar. The live drawings and happy hours are free and open to the public.

"My work is about striking a harmony between two opposing forces, much like my life," Bell says. "I am interested in finding out how much intentional will I can impose on the natural, organic pattern of wood grain or rusted steel and still achieve proportional forms. A high-contrast palette often echoes this struggle between artist and surface."

With more than 1,000 pieces of art in its 45 stories, the Four Seasons Hotel prides itself in supporting local artists.

"Most of our art collection is from local artists -- from sculptors to painters -- seen in our lobby, hallways, spa, ballrooms and more," says Jim Guttau, spokesman for the hotel.

The hotel also is offering intimate, after-hours tours of the Molly Brown House Museum where they can explore areas of the property normally off limits to the general public. As they wind through the restored 1889 home, guests will get a sense of Brown’s life in Victorian Denver as a museum guide shares vivid stories of the prominent Denver resident.

The museum also has given Four Seasons access to the final dinner menu served aboard the Titanic. After the tour, guests will return to the hotel to sample the dessert served that fateful night.

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