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21 new buildings join Doors Open Denver this year

People who are curious about what’s behind closed doors at some of Denver’s best buildings won’t want to miss Doors Open Denver, an annual event showcasing the history of the city’s built environment.

Taking place Sept. 22-23, Doors Open Denver highlights more than 60 of Denver’s unique spaces and offers more than 58 Insider Tours.

Headquartered at Denver Union Station, with neighborhood anchor sites at The Rossonian in Five Points and The Kirk of Highland in the Highlands, the event will feature high-profile, historic and artistic feats of architecture and design.

Twenty-one buildings that have never been part of Doors Open Denver join the list of sites this year, including MSU’s Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Buidling, Sanctuary Downtown, North Highland Presbyterian Church, The Savoy and NINE dot ARTS. The sites are part of the list of more than 60 buildings that are free to explore.

“While Doors Open Denver always encourages walkability, the 2018 event is pedestrian focused, encouraging attendees to walk within neighborhoods featuring a high concentration of sites, including Five Points and the Highlands,” says Pauline Herrera Serianni, executive director of the Denver Architecture Foundation, which is presenting the event. “We invite the community and visitors to explore these and other neighborhoods from the inside out through our free open sites, arts and culture activities and ticketed Insider Tours.”

The Insider Tours provide engaging opportunities to view areas of Denver buildings and locales not frequently open to the public. Architects, landscape architects, historians and urban enthusiasts lead the Insider Tours. Nineteen of the 58 Insider Tours are new to Doors Open Denver this year. Tickets for Insider Tours will go on sale for $10 each for Denver Architecture Foundation members on Aug. 24 and for the public on Sept. 7.

More info at denverarchitecture.org.

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Doors Open Denver will present seven arts and culture experiences at unique architectural locations in the Five Points neighborhood.

CU Denver seeking development partner

The University of Colorado Denver is searching for a development partner to implement its Facilities Master Plan that was adopted in November.

CU Denver has hired JLL to consult on how to leverage existing real estate assets and realize master plan priorities, including building a new first-year residence hall and dining facility to meet the needs of its growing student body.

“As Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver is committed to its home in the heart of this vibrant city,” CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell says. “We’ve hired JLL to help us determine how we can maximize our real estate assets to the benefit of our students now, while ensuring our land is preserved for the needs of our university in the future.”

JLL will be soliciting a private-sector partner for a development, operation and management opportunity at Walnut and Fourth streets near the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway that includes the existing 700-bed Campus Village Apartments and an adjacent undeveloped parcel.

“The site offers an existing revenue stream from the ind-demand Campus Village Apartments, says Bob Hung, managing director with JLL’s Higher Education Group. “It’s located next to the Auraria Campus with nearly 50,000 students, as well as two light-rail stops — one of which provides direct access to Mile High Stadium. It’s an attractive development opportunity for a partner to activate under-utilized land with mixed-use development, enabling CU Denver to direct its focus and funding to its critical facility needs.”

The selected partner will also work with CU Denver to develop a first-year housing and dining facility on the Auraria Campus. The new facility will bring first-year students into the heart of CU Denver’s campus neighborhood and strengthen the university’s connection to downtown Denver.

An RFQ and RFP process will begin in August. A development partner is expected to be selected by March of next year.

School of Mines joins Catalyst HTI

The Colorado School of Mines will join the roster of tenants at Catalyst HTI, a healthcare innovation hub opening this summer.

The Colorado School of Mines plans to open a 1,700-square-foot office inside Catalyst HTI in early fall. The space will be an open workshop and classroom, home to Capstone Design projects, career fairs, technology information sessions and a gallery showcasing the work of students and faculty. The university’s new graduate program in quantitative biosciences and engineering and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation are among the entities that will have a presence in the space.

“The biotech and healthcare industries offer great employment opportunities for Mines students and great collaborative opportunities for our faculty who are working on the cutting edge of tissue engineering, computational systems biology, medical device development and more,” Mines President Paul Johnson says. “We’re excited to join the Catalyst HTI venture, increasing our visibility in this vital, growing field of health technology at a local level and accelerating our progress toward establishing Colorado School of Mines as an innovative partner for the industry.”

MSU Denver gets $1 million grant from Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is giving a $1 million grant to Metropolitan State University in an effort to shape the workforce of the future in manufacturing affordable, innovative spacecraft.

The funds, to be distributed over four years, establish an on-campus Lockheed Martin Additive Manufacturing Laboratory, where students can use a state-of-the-art 3-D printer to design and create aerospace components. The grant also establishes an endowed director of the Advanced Manufacturing Sciences Institute. 

“This grant is an investment in the futures of the students at MSU Denver an d the aerospace community,” says Brian O’Connor, vice president of production and operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Emerging manufacturing technologies will create possibilities we can only dream of today, like printing an entire satellite from the ground up or printing complex parts that we can’t machine using traditional methods. We’re helping students design with those new concepts in mind so the next space missions are innovative, affordable and faster to market.”

The grant was announced during the inauguration of MSU Denver’s new $60 million Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building, a 117,000-square-foot building that is designed to integrate aerospace science; industrial design; civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technology; computer science; and computer information systems. Advanced Manufacturing Sciences classes will begin this fall.

“With support from key partners like Lockheed Martin, MSU Denver can offer students education opportunities that directly address workforce needs on Colorado’s key industry clusters,” says Stephen Jordan, president of MSU Denver. “Students now have the rare opportunity to work with technology and equipment used by some of the top advanced manufacturing companies in the world.”

Regis joins Catalyst HTI

Regis University will join the health-tech innovation campus Catalyst HTI, slated to open in RiNo in 2018.

As a higher education partner, Regis' College of Computer & Information Science (CC&IS) will bring its expertise in health informatics, data science and cybersecurity to Catalyst HTI, collaborating with other health-tech industry leaders such as Hitachi Inc., the American Diabetes Association and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to transform the digital health environment.

"Regis is proud to be a partner in this new kind of health-tech venture at Catalyst HTI," says CC&IS Dean Shari Plantz-Masters. "It signals we are involved in helping solve problems within our society, which dovetails so well with the Regis mission of educating and inspiring our future leaders to have a positive effect on the world."

Catalyst HTI is an industry integrator, bringing together relevant stakeholders in health-tech innovation -- from single-person startups and Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations and healthcare providers -- to build a community in which collaboration and integration lead to accelerated innovation within the industry.

"We are thrilled to have Regis University as a member of our community," says Mike Biselli, president of Catalyst HTI. "Regis is a leader in cybersecurity and the protection of health-care information. The College of Computer & Information Science's ability to attract industry leaders to join its faculty will help us accelerate our health-care innovations."

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

Closetbox awards scholarship to student entrepreneur

College student Josh Doering was selected from 120 applicants to receive the $5,000 Closetbox Entrepreneur Scholarship, an award that recognizes the importance of those starting a business to stay in school through the end.

Denver-based Closetbox selected Doering, a student at Morningside College Sioux City, Iowa, for his ability to take an idea and turn it into something real and functioning. Doering saw the need to increase safety and efficiency on the farm where he grew up and created Seed Slide, a remote box opener that is useful for adding safety and convenience into any bulk seed tote operation. 

"In various startup communities, a negative view of college education has taken hold, and we take issue with this," says Marcus Mollmann, Closetbox founder and CEO. "We believe in keeping bright young people in school through the end, as these minds are starting the businesses of tomorrow."

Closetbox, a full-service storage company, has grown to more than 60 locations in two years. The company provides free pickup and handles the heavy lifting to move customers' belongings from their homes to secure storage facilities. the company inventories a customer's items, then provides them with a personalized dashboard so they can view their items online. From the dashboard, customers can request any or all items to be returned on demand.

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.

Catalyst HTI to break ground Oct. 20

Koelbel and Co. will break ground Oct. 20 on the 300,000-square-foot office and retail building in RiNo that will be the new home of Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation (HTI).

Catalyst HTI will bring together private enterprise (startups to large companies), government, academic and nonprofit organizations with healthcare providers and payers to accelerate innovation and drive change for the healthcare industry. The organization's goal is to transform Colorado into the top digital health cluster in the nation by 2020.

Office sizes in the new building at 35th Street and Brighton Boulevard, which will be built in two phases, range from a single desk to 30,000 square feet.

When it opens in the first quarter of 2018, Catalyst HTI will offer a 3D Printing and Idea Lab, a software and business academy, incubators, accelerators, venture funding, a primary care clinic powered by Kaiser Permanente, as well as onsite restaurants, a workout facility and event and meeting spaces.

The space is 40 percent pre-leased. In addition to Kaiser Permanente, Catalyst HTI will be home to the American Diabetes Association, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Medical Group Management Association, Prime Health and CirrusMD.

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

Anschutz Medical Campus to join Catalyst HTI

Health-tech industry integrator Catalyst HTI has added three healthcare entities to its development in Denver’s River North District.

Terumo BCT, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the American Diabetes Association will join a community that includes Medical Group Management Association, CirrusMD, burstIQ, Prime Health and Telespine. The development still has 65,000 square feet of available space for lease.

Catalyst HTI dubs itself an industry integrator for bringing together a full spectrum of stakeholders in health-tech. the goal is to build a community where collaboration accelerates innovation within the healthcare industry. Startups will have access to potential clients and investors in established companies, while larger corporations can surround themselves with emerging technologies in an environment filled with entrepreneurs and growth companies.

"Over the past two years, Colorado has been ranked one of the top digital health clusters in the nation," says Don Elliman, chancellor of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "We believe that by connecting our nationally recognized academic research institution and hospital system with the health-tech startup and innovation community, we will be able to further solidify our position as a leaders in answering the call to reimagine healthcare for our nation."

The project, slated to open early next year, is being jointly developed by Koelbel and Company, health-tech entrepreneur Mike Biselli and landowners the Burgess family.

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

Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge slated for April 28

Westminster Station has been selected for this year's Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge, in which graduate student teams from the University of Colorado and University of Denver present their plans for the area.

The presentations will be made at a dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28 at the Marriott City Center downtown.

Westminster Station is the third stop from Denver Union Station for the upcoming RTD B Line. Just 11 minutes from downtown Denver, the station is located just west of Federal Boulevard near 69th Avenue between Interstate 70 and Highway 36. The station and adjacent 900-space parking garage are slated to open this summer. 

The 21-acre site offers unique challenges and opportunities for the competing student teams, which must present a plan to transform a low-density industrial site into a higher-density, mixed-use transit-oriented development. The site benefits from the city's investment in new infrastructure, as well as its dynamic community with distinct neighborhoods and a good local economy. 

The Rocky Mountain Real Estate Challenge is an annual event designed to serve as a learning tool for students of the University of Colorado and University of Denver's graduate real estate programs and local business community to interface, while assisting the project sponsor with development options for the specific property.

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

Dimond Fellowship recipients announced

Metropolitan State University of Denver has announced the recipients of the 2016 Rita and Navin Dimond Hotel Management Fellowship for the spring semester.

The fellowship program, endowed through a gift from the Dimond family, was established to foster excellence and passion for providing distinguished hospitality in future industry leaders. Dimond fellows are provided professional development opportunities, including a paid internship with the executive teams at Stonebridge Companies hotels for one semester as part of their senior experience.

"Having the opportunity to participate in this fellowship taught me the ins and outs and best practices of the hotel industry," says Joe Boss, member of the inaugural 2014 class who now serves as the food and beverage and front desk supervisor at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cherry Creek, one of Stonebridge's 40-plus properties across the country. "The fellowship taught me how hotels function and everything that goes on behind the scenes. I don't think I would have the skills I have today if I hadn't been able to participate in the fellowship."

Members of the spring semester class include:
  • LeAnn Tousley Gunnell, a mother of six who is pursuing her bachelor's degree in hospitality, tourism and events with a concentration on event management
  • Elizabeth Settambrino, a student who anticipates graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in hospitality, tourism and events with a concentration on event management
  • Amanda Dinan, who grew up in Michigan and was raised in the hospitality industry
  • Bridget "Birdie" Meyers, a transfer student from Colorado State University who is pursuing a concentration in event management with the goal of a career in sales, marketing or management
"I am impressed with what our fellows have accomplished in such a short time," says Navin Dimond, founder and president of Stonebridge and a member of the MSU Denver Foundation Board. "I am confident that our latest class of students will continue to excel and be prepared to make a strong impact on the hospitality profession."

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

Seven receive awards from U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council Colorado has announced the winners of the second annual Commercial Real Estate Green Building Awards.

The winners are:
  • Executive Director's Award: Dakota Outfall Project, replacing an aging stormwater system in south Denver.
  • Exceptional Implementation of Sustainable Technologies Award: Marble Distilling Co., which is the first major commercial building to meet the requirements of the International Green Construction Code in the town of Carbondale, Colo. 
  • Green Building Legacy Award: 1900 16th St.,  a 17-story commercial office building, that has been recognized as the first multi-tenant office building in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum. 
  • Most Successful Community Engagement Award: Aurora Public Schools, for  engaging the community through the Green Stars Program, an incentives program developed to award schools for their energy saving efforts. 
  • Rise to the Challenge Award: Turntable Studios, a 13-story, 94,000-square-foot former hotel next to Sports Authority Field that has been transformed into Denver's first micro apartment project.  
  • Green Dealmakers Award: GreenSpot Real Estate, an industry leader in adding value to real estate through green-building certifications and energy efficiency.
  • Greenest Building Award: South Wing at St. Vrain, which is targeting LEED Platinum and pursuing credits in all areas of sustainability: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
The winners and finalists were selected by a jury of their peers and honored Dec. 1 at a gala reception at SPACE Gallery

"The finalists for this year's Commercial Green Building Achievement Awards are the best and brightest in Colorado's green building community," says Patti Mason, the council's executive director. "The awards are designed to celebrate these green building leaders and honor the projects they have worked on over the past year."

Finalists for the awards were:

Exceptional Implementation of Sustainable Technologies
  • Aria Apartments: The new LEED Gold community is focused on energy efficiency and generational and socioeconomic diversity.
  • CityScape at Belmar: CityScape at Belmar is on track to be LEED Platinum certified and will provide homes for households with a wide range of incomes in a very attractive, highly sustainable, cost-effective building. 
  • University of Colorado | Colorado Springs:  The university has committed to constructing all new structures to a minimum of LEED Gold specifications. 
  • Village at Westerly Creek II: Village at Westerly Creek II replaced the obsolete housing development, Buckingham Gardens, and was designed and built to incorporate ADA and UFAS requirements.  
Green Dealmakers: Most Sustainable Real Estate Company
  • D4 Urban: D4 Urban is a Denver-based real estate development company focused on urban, infill, transit-oriented development opportunities. 
  • Zocalo Community Development: Zocalo Community Development provides a range of services ideally suited to delivering and managing successful green development projects. 
Most Successful Community Engagement
  • The Dakota Outfall Project: The Dakota Outfall Project was a successful public-private-partnership that was managed and delivered by the BMP Metro District and involved the City and County of Denver, Denver Urban Renewal Authority, and RTD. 
Greenest Building of 2015 (New or Existing)
  • Factory Flats: Factory Flats is a new, sustainable, solar-powered, five-story mixed use building with 24 residential flats, plus retail and office space for lease in the heart of Denver's RiNo neighborhood.
  • RTD Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility: The LEED Gold certified building features refrigerant flow systems, evaporative cooling, radiant floor heating, LED lighting and skylights for natural day light. Through a series of energy-saving designs, the facility achieved an energy savings of 32 percent. 
Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Restaurant opens on MSU Denver campus

Degree Metropolitan Food + Drink has opened on the MSU Denver campus. 

Located inside the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver, Degree serves lunch and dinner daily from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the bar staying open until midnight every night except for Sunday.

Students from MSU Denver's Department of Hospitality, Tourism & Events are working alongside professional restaurateurs at Degree, earning real-life experience in restaurant operations and management. A portion of all sales at Degree goes to the MSU Denver Foundation, which supports student scholarships. 

Led by Executive Chef Daniel Hyman, Degree's menu features Colorado meats, ethically caught seafood and local produce. Dishes include a Colorado Cobb for $10, Soba Noodle Salad for $10 and a variety of sandwiches and ramen bowls. Entrees such as Harissa Chicken, Gnocchi Salmon and Colorado Drunken Noodles are served beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The bar menu includes 16 wines by the glass and 20 Colorado craft beers, including Tivoli Brewing Co.'s Helles Lager, Left Hand's Nitro Milk Stout and Great Divide's Whitewater Wheat Ale. Degree also serves an inventive list of handcrafted cocktails made from local spirits, including a Rosemary Salty Dog made with CapRock Gin and grapefruit juice for $7 and the Pickled Goat, made with Peach Street Distillers Goat Vodka and pickled Fresno pepper juice for $9.

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

Mayor's Design Award winners announced

The winners of the 2015 Mayor's Design Awards honoring excellence in architecture, exterior design and placemaking were honored at a recent ceremony held in the Chambers Grant Salon at Kevin Taylor's at the Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Created in 2005, the awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design.

Projects that involve the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings:
    •    Bradford Real Estate Office, 2956 W. 32nd Ave. 
    •    The Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Dr. 
    •    The Moffat Depot, Balfour at Riverfront Park, 1500 Little Raven St. 
    •    Wurstküche Restaurant, 2036 Broadway 
    •    Industry, 3001 Brighton Blvd. 

Category: This is Home
Single-family projects:

    •    Gulliver-Lynch House, 227 S. Lincoln St.
    •    Curtis Park Garden Cottage, 2857 Stout St. 

Category: Building Well, Living Well
Projects that promote community health through active living, access to healthy food and transit, or walkability:

    •    Art In Transit, 3200 - 5200 W. Colfax

Category: Density by Design
Multi-family and mixed-use developments:

    •    16M, 1560 Market St.
    •    My Block – Wash Park, 255 Washington St.

Category: Neighborhood Gem
Projects that exemplify the unique character of their neighborhoods:

    •    Mestizo-Curtis Park Playground, 3181 Champa St.
    •    Izakaya Den, 1487A S. Pearl St.
    •    Whittier Alley Loop, 4 blocks between Williams & Race Streets 
    •    The Butterfly Walk, La Alma Lincoln Park, 1100 Mariposa St.

Category: Distinctive Denver
Projects with unique features or elements that set them apart from similar structures, uses and building forms:

    •    The Boathouse, 1850 Platte St.
    •    Union Station North & South Buildings, 1705 17th St. & 1615 Wynkoop St.

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

CU buys naming rights for rail line to DIA

The University of Colorado will pay the Regional Transportation District $5 million over five years for naming rights for the A Line from Union Station to Denver International Airport, as well as ads on the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit line that will run along U.S. 36 from Union Station to Boulder.

The agreement also includes exterior advertisements on the rail and buses and CU's name and logo on RTD digital assets and printed material related to the A Line.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the University of Colorado for this first contract through our corporate partnership program," says Chuck Sisk, chairman of RTD's board. "We believe that branded sponsorship is an emerging marketplace with many valuable opportunities for the local and national business communities."

CU President Bruce Benson said the agreement will help the university convey the message about its contributions, value and accomplishments to the estimated 10 million annual riders on the A Line, which will include Coloradans, as well as national and international visitors.

"The University of Colorado is excited to partner with RTD on this initiative that brings together the state's leading public higher education institution with the crown jewel of the largest and newest public transportation project in the United States," Benson says. "CU is kicking off a major marketing initiative next month and the University of Colorado A Line and Flatiron Flyer will be important parts of the effort."

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