A project that will see the construction of around 700,000 square feet of rentable space in downtown Denver is also placing an emphasis on built-in health features.
Announced earlier this year, the 30-story building, to be developed by the Chicago-based Riverside Investment & Development, will go up on a 1.2-acre site between Arapahoe and Lawrence Streets.
Other developers in recent years have considered building on the site, which is currently a parking lot. But the Riverside project is the first to have a concept plan approved for the property by the City of Denver.
As envisioned, the project will feature 9,500 square feet of retail space; 5,200 square feet of lounge space; and a conference center measuring 2,700 square feet.
To be designed by Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects of Denver and the Chicago-based Goettsch Partners, the building will also include fourteen private terraces and enough above- and below-ground parking for more than six hundred vehicles.
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the project will also incorporate a secondary air purification system, along with touch-free elevators.
Regarding the structure’s health features, Drew Nieman, Riverside executive vice-president, said in a statement: “In collaborating with third party subject matter experts over the past several months, we are confident we are taking aggressive steps to establish an elevated standard for indoor environmental conditions.”
Work on what is being called 1900 Lawrence is expected to begin later this year, with a general spring 2023 completion date.
By Garry Boulard
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