Riverwalk Update

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We are approaching the completion of the south building at Riverwalk!  This is a $65 million, mixed-use project in Castle Rock, Colorado that will deliver 230 apartments, 34,000 SF of office space and 14,000 SF of retail space. A 32-ton pedestrian bridge that is already in place, connects the south building to the north building’s pool deck.   It is always a pleasure to work with Confluence Companies and we are thrilled to be a part of this watershed moment for the city of Castle Rock.  We will post an update once the entire project is completed.  In the meantime, click here and here to view more! 

Zia Progress

Sunnyside Project Update

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Here is a quick update for you all on Zia, which is a mixed-use project in Denver. We were hired to design a 557,000 GSF building with 120 residential condos, 316 residential apartments and 9000 SF of retail space. Construction has been moving fast! The L2 transfer slabs have been poured and they have finished topping out the stair cores. The Infinity panels are on site, which means it is going to fly up in a hurry! We will keep you posted but in the meantime, you can image it eventually looking like the renderings below.


Charlie soars!

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It is time for an update of our beloved big blue crane.

The crane was developed by the incredible minds of Matter.  He initially took flight about a year ago, but sitting perched high up on the chamfered corner of our building, he caught many strong winds and wanted to take flight.  We called in our reinforcements at Douglas Construction, and John & Tony were able to redesign his perch.  Given that he survived the bomb cyclone in March, we can officially name him now.  He is Charlie, named after Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Yes, that is right, we named him after the famous American Jazz saxophonist and composer. This is the perfect name for him as he overlooks The Welton Corridor in the Historic Five Points District which is home to the Rossonian.  From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Rossonian hotel became a mainstay for Black musicians as when they visited Denver they were often turned away from other hotels where they had been performing.  Much to the delight of the entire Five Points Community, the musicians (such as Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald) would often perform late at night or on their off-nights at the Rossonnian lounge.  Talk about a memory maker!  By the late 1950’s as segregation began to ease and Black musicians had more choices as to where to stay, the hotel and its lounge saw a decline, and after several failed attempts to restore its true grandeur, the Rossonian sat empty for more than two decades.  This has been a travesty given the history of this iconic building, which many consider to the be jewel of Five Points.

Finally, plans have been solidified to bring jazz back to the Rossonian and the Welton corridor!  As part of the Five Points Community, we could not be more thrilled!

So when you are driving past our office and you see Charlie, throw on some of Charlie Bird Parker’s tunes (Passport or Leap Frog), crank it up, and smile knowing that jazz will be flowing in the Five Points Neighborhood once again.

Sova Progress


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We are speeding toward the finish line on Sova!  Hooray!  What a pleasure it has been to work with McWhinney & Weitz Construction on this twelve story multifamily community.  Sova is pursuing LEED Silver Certification.  As the architect for this project, we are very proud to deliver a timeless building to Uptown, which was designed with thoughtful consideration to the neighborhood, the larger Denver community and the environment.  Our hope was to create a mature and refined building that will age well, and  help create a feeling of permanence in the Denver cityscape.  We will showcase the final product on our website soon!

If you are looking to rent a unit, please click here!


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As the architect for the Rossonian Rehabilitation and Addition, we are contributing to the revival of this historic building as a music venue and hotel. We are excited to be working on such a significant project that is also near our offices in the Five Points neighborhood. Rocky Mountain PBS ran a segment about the Rossonian Renaissance. View it here.

For additional information about the remodel, click here

Modern Home in Historic Denver

Platt Park

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Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine featured one of our designs in their recent issue.  It is always fun to be part of a great project in a great neighborhood.  Click here to read the article: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Zia Ground Breaking

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Confluence Companies hired Craine Architecture to design this $110 million project in the Sunnyside neighborhood. The development will provide workforce housing to an area of Denver where manufacturing jobs had historically been located. Zia will be the home to about 430 residential units and 7,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Construction is underway. We will keep you posted on the progress!

Click here to read more.

Summit Sky Ranch

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The Aspen House is open! Maryland Creek Ranch hired Craine Architecture to help design this single-family resort community in Silverthorne. This project is comprised of 416 acres and 240 homes, as well as two community buildings: The Aspen House (which recently opened) and The Lake House (which is near design completion). There is also a 20-acre park and plans for an observatory.

Click here to read more about it!

The Wheatley

The Wheatley Wins 2018 Mayor Design Award – Density by Design

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We are honored that The Wheatley was recognized for this award. Craine Architecture designed this mixed-use project with 82 for-rent apartments, 14 for-sale townhomes, and a 3,800-square-foot office which Craine Architecture proudly calls home. Context was paramount in design considerations—ensuring that the building sensitively responded to the historic context of the Five Points Neighborhood. It was a pleasure working with our client, Palisade Partners, as well as with Confluence Builders.

To see more winners, click here.

Mirador-Historic Building Repurposed

Community Preservation Award for The Mirador

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At the 48th Annual Historic Denver Dinner, The Mirador received a Community Preservation Award. Confluence Companies hired Craine Architecture to sensitively transform the historic El Jebel Shrine into 24 luxury condominiums while retaining the grandeur of the original shrine. What a pleasure it was working to preserve 65,000 square feet of history while also ensuring the project was LEED Silver Certified.

Click here to read more about this project.