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Building News - September 2007

The Weitz Co. Achieves Record Concrete Pour/FBA Designs $75M Kuwait Towers/Haselden Team to Build New Auraria Science Building

The Weitz. Co. Completes
Record-Breaking Pour at Lincoln Station

The Weitz Co. of Denver executed the largest concrete pour in the company’s history on July 19 at the Lincoln Station transit-oriented development project in southeast Denver.

The pour started at 3:45 a.m. and finished at 10:05 a.m. During that time, the crew placed 930 cu yd of concrete in the 16,700-sq-ft structural slab. The pour involved 93 trucks and two pumps, measuring 61 and 58 m. respectively.

The Lincoln Station development consists of a six-story, 186,000-sq-ft office building, two smaller 30,000-sq-ft, mixed-use buildings and 105,000 sq ft of site work.

The project broke ground in February 2007 and is scheduled for completion in May 2008. The office building is applying for LEED certification. The developer is Bradbury Properties and the architect is klipp.

Fentress Bradburn-Designed Office
Towers in Middle East Break Ground

Kuwait Business Town aims to attract leading businesses with superior facilities. Denver’s Fentress Bradburn Architects designed the four-tower office complex, which includes convention halls, a business hotel and cafes.

Ground was broken this summer for the Kuwait Business Town in Al-Sharq, Kuwait City. The office towers, designed by Denver’s Fentress Bradburn Architects, range from 26 to 29 stories tall and carry a price tag of $75 million.

The four towers range from 130,000 sq ft to 150,000 sq ft, and the entire project amounts to 680,000 sq ft. The development, owned by Mazaya Real Estate Development Co. and KSCC Global Investment House National International Holding Co., should be complete by winter 2009.

FirsTier Bank Unveils
Plans for Parker Building

FirsTier Bank plans construction of a 9,500-sq-ft building in Parker, near the bank’s temporary location. The new building will be home to FirsTier Bank’s Parker office, which will move into 6,000 sq ft of space. The 2.3-acre property will also accommodate an additional 5,000-sq-ft building.

The bank has plans to open branches in downtown Denver and Boulder soon.

FCI Constructors Awarded
New St. Vrain High School No. 7

FCI Constructors Inc. won the bid on the new high school in Mead for the St. Vrain Valley School District. The 161,000-sq-ft building consists of both one- and two-story wings with athletic fields and a running track on 64 acres.

Located in Mead, near Interstate 25 and Highway 119, the $29.6-million project will be complete in February 2009. This will be the second new high school FCI has completed for the district, also working with H+L Architecture of Denver.

Haselden/Barton Malow Wins Auraria
Higher Education Center Projec

Denver’s Haselden Construction and joint venture partner Barton Malow Co. will provide construction management and general contracting services for the new Auraria Campus science building addition and renovation project.

The project includes adding nearly 200,000 sq ft of new space and renovating the existing 143,000-sq-ft science building, the largest project built on the Auraria campus in many years. The new addition has an anticipated open date of late summer 2009.

During 2009-2010, Haselden/Barton Malow will begin a phased remodel of the existing science building. The team will work closely with the Auraria Campus, Denver’s Anderson Mason Dale Architects and program manager Jacobs Engineering throughout the planning, design and construction stages.

Hyder Begins Construction on
Mixed-Use Project in Cherry Creek

Denver’s Hyder Construction Inc. broke ground this summer on 216 Clayton, a new mixed-use building in Cherry Creek North, for The BROE Cos.

The project, designed by Denver’s OZ Architecture, consists of a new residential/commercial four-story building. Commercial retail space will occupy the first floor with office space on the second level. Luxury penthouses will occupy the third and fourth floors. In addition, Hyder will modify an existing parking garage located onsite.

Construction is scheduled for completion in April 2008.

Watermark Residences Topped Out

After more than a year of construction, the $45-million Watermark Residences in Denver’s Historic Baker Neighborhood topped out its steel work this summer.

Denver’s Fentress Bradburn Architects designed the Watermark’s 90 units, which include 9 two-story brownstones, 7 penthouses and 74 flats, ranging in size from 886 sq ft to 3,800 sq ft. Prices range from approximately $300,000 to $1.95 million. Denver’s Swinerton Builders is the general contractor on the project.

The 6,000-sq-ft Chittenden Mansion, built in 1901 for one of Denver's prominent families, is integrated into the development. Amenities include a Zen garden at the entry and a two-level, terraced, rooftop “sky garden” featuring an infinity pool, waterfall and spa, fitness center and gourmet kitchen. The Watermark’s infinity pool is the first in Denver to obtain City and County of Denver approval.

The structure also features a two-level parking complex with 146 spaces.

Hyder Begins Downtown Zi Lofts Project  

Denver-based Hyder Construction broke ground this summer on the Zi Lofts for developer Vince Coviello of Infineum Properties. Located at 2229 Blake St. across from Coors Field, the seven-story, 104,000-sq-ft project includes traditional lofts, townhomes, a parking garage, first floor retail and office space.

The 39 living spaces will range in size from 850 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft. The negotiated $15-million project is scheduled for completion in August 2008. OZ Architecture of Denver is the architect.

Construction Nearly Complete on
Douglas County Parking Garage

Denver’s Pahl Architecture is working with Douglas County to expand its Downtown Castle Rock Campus. This includes an addition onto the existing Miller Building and a new 372-space parking garage.

The garage will provide parking for county vehicles staff and 100 spaces for the public. Also unique to the project is a northern façade that replicates the historic character of Wilcox Street, Castle Rock’s main street.

The parking garage is scheduled for completion later this month, and the administration building should be complete by next August. The estimated total project cost is $15.5 million. The Castle Rock Campus is registered to be LEED certified with the intent of achieving silver certification. The contractor is Swinerton Builders Inc.

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