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Project Update-The Golden Triad

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Ivy Residences

IVY Residences

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Located in the heart of the vibrant LoHi neighborhood, our project with Elevation Capital Partners is almost complete!  This 37,400 SF building delivers 25 luxury apartments to a thriving neighborhood which bustles with nightlife. We employed a restrained architectural approach to ensure this project has a sophisticated and timeless quality which fits into the historic context of the neighborhood. Most of the units are already sold, but if you are lucky, you may still be able to grab one.  To have an immersive experience, watch the video here.  To find your new home at Ivy, click here

Ivy
Interior Rendering of Ivy
Basecamp Excavation

Basecamp Excavation

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Excavation is underway in Golden for our Basecamp project, which encompasses three buildings:  (2) 36-unit apartment buildings and (1) 48-suite hotel. These three buildings are sensitively sited with the lowest height apartment fronting 8th street and the larger buildings set father back on the downward sloping grade.  Combined, the apartments will provide 85,000 SF of living space.  Fear not, the the scale is broken down into smaller masses that incorporate seamlessly into the picturesque setting.  At the heart of this project is The Eddy, a four-story, 32,000 SF hotel boasting a bar, lounge, meeting room, outdoor gathering space and a rooftop deck with a fire pit.  The hotel is designed with articulated brick bays, reminiscent of the historic buildings of Golden’s past.  A shout out to all the neighbors…Starting in 2020, when the project is complete, if you stroll past The Eddy you will find yourself being beckoned by the first floor pub and outdoor amenity space.  This will be a perfect gathering spot for all of us locals, who are looking to kick back and enjoy the sun setting over the Rocky Mountains.  Cheers to Confluence Companies for developing another project that enhances our Colorado community!

Eddy Hotel
Initial Rendering of The Eddy Hotel
The Wrigley On Penn

Wash Park Mixed Use Complete!

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The Wrigley is complete!  We are so  thankful to have been a part of this fantastic project which is located in West Wash Park, a stone’s throw away from the heart of downtown Denver.  The twenty-nine luxury condos sit perched atop 10,000 square feet of retail space-now claimed by all kinds of fantastic businesses…from Uncle to Fitwall to American Grind.   The lucky residents can just pop downstairs for a quick workout or bite to eat!  It is a charming neighborhood and we certainly wanted to honor that with a timeless design that welcomes community engagement with a highly activated first floor.  If you finish up a run at Wash Park, and are heading North (and a little West) pop over and grab a burger or a giant bowl of ramen…whatever floats your boat.   You may even be able to grab a condo unit…click here for more information.