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Curate in OTC

Curate in OTC 2560 1707 Kristy

We have been hired by Kairoi Residential to plan and design a 328,000 SF multi-family project outside of Denver. With a construction cost of $44MM, this project will deliver 270 new units to Orchard Town Center which is an established mixed-use development with about a million SF of office, retail, and restaurant space organized and designed as a walkable town center. Curate will be a highly amenitized community with a clubhouse and poolside cabana. As is evident from these photos, this project is under construction with completion scheduled for Spring 2021. We will keep you posted as the project progresses. In the meantime, if you are heading North out of Denver, give it a look!

OTC Under Construction
Construction Underway at OTC
Student Housing designed by Craine

University Housing Project-Complete!

University Housing Project-Complete! 2560 1920 Kristy

The newest option for student housing at the Colorado School of Mines is complete! We were honored to be a part of this project, designing exceptional spaces in which these extraordinary students can live, learn, socialize and thrive. This university is renowned for its pursuit of excellence in science and engineering particularly as they relate to solving current energy and environmental challenges. Given this, it makes sense that this residence hall is the School of Mines and the City of Golden’s first LEED Platinum project. This distinction comes from the utilization of energy efficient heating and cooling systems as well as rooftop solar panels.

This project delivers 107 suite-style residential units (249 bedrooms) and 4000 SF of commercial space. Students will be able to take full advantage of a breadth of amenities including a fitness center, numerous indoor community spaces, as well as two outdoor courtyards, laundry facilities and a bike maintenance area.

To the first residents of 1750 Jackson: Welcome to your new home, and thank you in advance to all of you who will make this world a better place!

If you would like to read more about this project, click here.

Student Housing
One of the common areas at 1750 Jackson

Common at Gateway Village

Common Mixed-Use Coming Soon!

Common Mixed-Use Coming Soon! 2560 1440 Kristy

The City of Golden has approved Common, a four story mixed use project developed by Confluence Companies. On this 3.4 acre site, we have designed this 143,541 SF building, replete with co-work, retail and restaurant space on the ground level. This is a unique project that will provide 164 “co-housing” units. Each unit will have a private bathroom and kitchenette, and all residents will have access to full kitchens and common spaces on each floor. The target demographic is the “digital nomad,” a person who wants to live where they work and have easy access to the mountains and exiting commercial amenities already in Gateway Village. A focus for this project was to create design efficiencies which will allow for reduced construction costs, and therefore, lower price points/affordable rents. This $34 million project will break ground this summer, and is estimated to be complete in 2021.

To read more about this project in the Denver Business Journal, click here.

Common
Common at Gateway Village

Restaurant Space at Common
Common Restaurant Space

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Eddy Hotel

Project Update-The Golden Triad

Project Update-The Golden Triad 3840 2160 Kristy

We have a trifecta brewing in Golden as we were hired to design three buildings nestled together in the stunning foothills outside of Denver, Colorado. This site is being populated with two (36 unit) multifamily residential projects, as well as a four-story boutique hotel. Designing fabulous hotels is one of our favorite things to do here at Craine. Who doesn’t love creating spaces where travelers get to kick back, and get a true Colorado experience with expansive mountain views and unique interior finishes? This project will deliver forty-nine beautiful guest rooms where visitors will be able to pop right outside their door and hit miles of bike trails or enjoy the indoor-outdoor lobby space and bar.

In the images below, you can see the final roof trusses being placed on the first multifamily building, with the CMU cores nearing completion on the second. As I am typing this, excavation for the hotel is happening at a breakneck pace. We will keep you posted as The Eddy hotel goes vertical. If you are planning a visit to Golden in 2021, I just happen to know of a great place to stay.

Golden Development
Roof trusses being placed on bldg 1.
Golden Development
In the far corner, elevator cores being completed on Bldg 2.
Zia Rendering

Project Update-Zia!

Project Update-Zia! 3000 2250 Kristy

Perched next to the 41st and Fox transit station, Zia has now taken shape and is set to bring new life to this full city block in the Sunnyside neighborhood. This is an eight story, mixed-use project that is just waiting for the talented masons to come finish adorning its exterior. Confluence was determined to help increase the amount of affordable housing units in Denver and that is exactly what they are offering with this project, as 66 of the 314 apartments are reserved for renters earning no more than 80% AMI and 25 of the 120 condo units will also be reserved for 80-95 % AMI residents. We simply love working with those developers in Denver who truly care about this great city and its residents.

In addition to housing, this project will deliver 9000 SF of retail space, and River Yoga will be one of the businesses occupying the ground level. What a treat for the residents to be able to walk down and get their yoga on! Given the proximity to mass transit, those living in Zia will be able to readily travel throughout Denver and the front range without the use of a car. A beautiful home, with affordable options, yoga on your doorstep and no need for a car payment? Yes please! To read more about this project, click here.

Zia progress
Zia Condos coming to life!
The masons are coming!
East elevation, commercial space and apartment leasing office.
RiNo Project Construction Photos

RiNo Project Update

RiNo Project Update 2560 1707 Kristy

The Zocalo Construction team is pouring the Level 3 PT slabs, helping this mixed-use project reach its 13th story. This will be one of the tallest buildings in the River North neighborhood and will deliver 381 apartments atop 10,000 SF of commercial space. What a pleasure it has been to work with Zocalo Community Development, a company that has a long standing history of providing affordable housing in Denver. This endeavor was no different- developed with affordability in mind and designed to be an elegant addition to the neighborhood. Forty percent of the units will be studio apartments, and eighteen units will be designated for qualified renters earning 80% of AMI. We will certainly keep you all apprised of the progress. In the meantime, if you would like to read more about the project, click here.

RiNo Project-13 Story Mixed Use
RiNo Project-13 Story Mixed Use Coming to Life!
RiNo Mixed Use
Rendering of the RiNo Project
Exterior Elevation of The Summit Villa

The Summit at Castle Pines

The Summit at Castle Pines 4000 1960 Kristy

Collaborating with Mesa Development, we are designing 60 select club villas which will be situated on a 35-acre parcel in Castle Pines Village.  Every home is being specifically sited and developed for the unique topography of each lot, which range from 9,500 to 25,000 SF.  Given that thirty percent of the land is devoted to open space, our ability to maximize the vistas for each resident is unhindered.  Essential to the design aesthetic is paying reverence to nature by using materials which blend seamlessly into the environment, as well as by keeping the interior inextricably tied to the exquisite mountainous terrain with large windows and outdoor spaces.  If you are in the market for a luxurious mountain home, please visit their website here

The Summit at Castle Pines
Federal Project

The Anza on Federal

The Anza on Federal 2550 1434 Kristy

We are thrilled to be working with Highland Builders on their newest project, The Anza, which will flank the Federal Boulevard historic parkway.  This is a 26,000 SF, three-story building which will deliver thirty-five studio and one-bedroom apartments to our ever expanding cityscape. The development boasts gorgeous loft units, as well as a rooftop deck with both mountain and city views. While the design of the building is generally restrained, the entry feature is ornate, inviting and gives a nod to the rich cultural history of the area. The pattern is inspired by an art form which originated in Mexico-papel picado. These decorations are now used to celebrate many occasions including Día de los Muertos, birthdays and weddings. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2020, so we will keep you posted on this project. In the meantime, we will be preparing our celebratory papel picado flag because great things are coming to Federal! 

Papel Picado
Papel Picado Photo Courtesy of Sr. Jess Michelle

2019 Mayor’s Design Award

2019 Mayor’s Design Award 1883 1400 Kristy

A big congratulations to the team at Craine who worked on The Lydian, as it was one of the award winners at last night’s big event. This is a 145,800 SF mixed-use building with 15,000 SF of office space, 10,000 SF of retail space all topped by 129 apartments, a gorgeous amenity space, pool and workout room. This project is near (literally down the street from our office) and dear to us, as we were able to team with some of our favorite people in Denver–Palisade Partners and Confluence Companies. We worked closely with the community to create a design that appropriately blends into the residential and historic setting of Five Points. The inviting nature of this space epitomizes not only the public involvement in the design process, but also the ideas of inclusivity and community engagement. We pride ourselves on designing spaces that draw you in and make you feel welcome. So if you are riding the light-rail down the Welton corridor, pop out at the 25th & Welton stop! Grab a beverage at the Welton Room, take a class at River Yoga or just hang out in the lobby of The Lydian. We promise, you will feel great in this space and meet some terrific people!

The Lydian
The Lydian in Five Points

Click here to check out the amazing other projects that won awards. What a great design community we have!

Detroit

Detroit

Detroit 1366 569 Kristy

As a child, when watching a sporting event, we frequently (okay, almost exclusively) cheered for the underdog. Often, they were defeated and we would shrug our shoulders in disappointment and maybe even wallow a bit in the loss. Occasionally, there was a victory, and the pure joy we felt was unparalleled. They defeated the odds. They proved them wrong. I love that story. I never tire of it and Detroit embodies it. 

I grew up near Detroit, which in my youth burned on Devil’s night, and was awash in trash, swirling around the streets until getting caught in the metal bars that covered storefronts. Astonishing buildings that were touted to be examples of some of the best architecture in the United States sat abandoned, neglected and left to vandals. Over the last few decades, when visiting the city, I would marvel at the sheer numbers of these beautiful historic structures, these forlorn elegant giants, and I would think, “Come on underdog…get going.”    

Detroit's Central Station
Central Station Detroit

We visited my favorite underdog city this month, and it was clear, the positive momentum has finally gained traction. The historic fabric is being mended and improved, not abandoned and demolished. The current redevelopment is thoughtful, deliberate and places restoration of the city in high regard. The old train station, which stands proud in Cork Town is a perfect example of this. The new owners, Ford Motor Company, are investing hundreds of millions of dollars not only in the building, but the surrounding neighborhood.  The industry that helped create this great city is now helping to bring it back. 

Shinola Hotel

During this visit, we stayed at The Shinola Hotel which is also emblematic of the city’s historic fabric being woven into a new story without losing sight of the original narrative. The Shinola property actually consists of five buildings, two of which are historic. They retained the elaborate red tiled facade of the Rayl building which was designed by Wirt Rowland, an architect known for innovative use of materials. They also remodeled the Singer Building, which was designed by what is now the nation’s oldest continuously operating architectural firm (Smith, Hinchman & Grylls). It used to house the Singer Sewing Machine Company and is clad in limestone. Yet, there is more history at which one can marvel; part of the Shinola property also includes Parker’s Alley, which is an homage to Thomas Parker. He was one of Detroit’s first black landowners and the exact lot (Lot 70 in section 7) is subsumed within the Shinola development. He bought that lot for $1 in a land drawing that occurred after the great fire of 1805. Clearly, Mr. Parker believed in underdogs too.

Upon entering the hotel, you sense the history and importance of the building. The finishes are elegant, simple and the craftsmanship, exemplary. The historical importance of the buildings’ sensitive remodel is not only imparted to visitors in their guestbooks, but also in video clips played in their rooms. One of the most striking aspects of this elegant hotel is how comfortable and welcomed you feel here. The Hotel staff beam with pride about the project, but there is no arrogance or entitlement. Along with pride, they demonstrate equal amounts of humility and appreciation. That trifecta is born from struggle and this is the quintessential experience you get from this city and it’s people.

On the plane ride home, I reflected on the history of Detroit, and realized that the fire of 1805 unbeknownst to the city and the future residents, ended up providing the framework for the grit, the heart, and the perseverance that has made Detroit what it is today. That fire leveled the city, save for one stone fort; however, the people of Detroit did not abandon their town. Shortly thereafter, Father Gabriel Richard penned the city’s motto: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus,” which translates to “We hope for better things; it shall arise from the ashes.” Such is the spirit of an underdog.

Photo Credits: Joe’s Fist: Macombmihomes.com; Central Station: Derek Gauci; Shinola Hotel: Wall Street Journal