Union Station Update

It has been a while since I’ve done a Union Station update.  Things are continuing to move at a fast pace.  The first half of the bus box is getting electrical and mechanical rough-ins, fire protection and lighting.  The ventilation system has started running and it can move up to 150,000 cubic feet of air per minute.  The bus and pedestrian concourses are taking shape as well.  On the second half of the bus box, the crews have almost finished pouring the concrete for the roof.  After the roof is in place, the waterproofing will be attached and mechanical and electrical work can start.  The other exciting change is the start of the fabrication of the steel train hall canopy.  The trusses will be erected starting at the end of this month.

One Union Station starting construction

One Union Station has its lead tenant and will start construction on August 1st!  Antero Resources, a Denver based energy company, will occupy 70,000 of the 110,000 square feet of office space.  They will have the third, fourth and fifth floors of this new building sitting just to the south of the Historic Union Station at 16th and Wynkoop.  One Union Station will be a LEED Gold building and is a joint venture with East West Partners and Starwood Capital Group.  Paul Rady, chairman and chief executive, said Antero Resources has “Been committed to Lower Downtown Denver for over a decade.  One Union Station will provide our employees with a state of the art building in a location that they will love.”

Light Rail to Open 8 Months Early

On Tuesday, RTD announced that the 12.1 mile West Rail Line will open in April 2013.  This is eight months earlier than the original prediction of December 2013.  Everything has moved along smoothly between RTD, local governments and the contractors that they are way ahead of schedule.  This line goes from Union Station through Lakewood and ends in Golden.  It will connect downtown Denver to the Jefferson County Government Center.  The West Rail Line is expected to have approximately 19,000 daily riders.  This is another great step towards Denver’s improved public transportation system.

Light Rail Plaza Grand Opening

On Friday, May 18th, the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA) and RTD will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for the Light Rail Plaza.  The festivities will start at 11:30 and will go through 1:00.  There will be a concert with Electric Hammer at 11:30, a Zumba demonstration at 12:15, a short program at 12:30 and a performance with Roz Brown at 12:40.  The public is encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy the entertainment.  For more information, click here.

Ground Breaking, IMA Financial

Big News!  IMA Financial broke ground last week on the first building in the Union Station Redevelopment.  Several City Officials, including Mayor Hancock and Governor Hickenlooper were there for the ceremony.  This five-story, $35 million building, will be the headquarters for IMA Financial.  Located between 17th and 18th Streets on Wynkoop, this building will be right next to Union Station.  This is the first of many buildings that will reshape this part of town.

Union Station Light Rail

In the week since the Light Rail was taken out of Union Station, they have already removed the tracks!  The progress was so fast.  It will be great to have a safer way for pedestrians to get from the base of the Millennium bridge over to Union Station.  The other big improvement of the week was the vents into the bus station.  The three vents are now in place and look really cool.   One is an exhaust vent, the second is an air intake vent and the third will be an emergency exhaust vent in case of fire in the terminal.

New Union Station Website

I’m excited to announce the launch of the new website for Slifer, Smith and Frampton – Denver’s sister company, the Union Station Neighborhood Company.  The website is for our team’s work at Denver’s Union Station.  The site should give you a pretty good idea of what our plans are there and the potential for real estate development.  We’re going to transform downtown Denver and the rest of the region.  It’s a project of which the whole city can be proud.
For those social media junkies amongst you, we’ve started a pretty thorough Facebook page that will be our place for sharing updates, news, and the like.   http://goo.gl/8O79z And, we’ve put together a Twitter account for those of you with shorter attention spans:  http://twitter.com/unionstationden

New RTD train mockup

RTD will place a mockup of the new rail car in front of Union Station beginning on Monday, May 23rd through June 18th.  There will be several meetings with interest groups for the first week and then it will be open to the public from May 31st-June 18th.  Tours will be available Monday-Friday from 10-6 or on Saturdays from 10-4.  This is an example of the rail cars that will go to DIA on the East line and to Arvada on the Gold line.  It will be 1/3 the size of the normal cars but everything else will be the same.  RTD is looking for feedback from the public on a few different things like types of handrails, seating configuration and accessibility for bicycles and wheelchairs.  The anxiously awaited East line to DIA is expected to start operations in January of 2016!

Union Station Tunnel Demolition

Our development office in Union Station has a front row seat for the pedistrian tunnel demolition!  This is taken out of the side door of our office.

Union Station Construction Photo 4/21/11

This picture was taken from the 8th floor of Glass House.  To view a slideshow of construction progress, click here.

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