6 new “transformational” projects honored by Downtown Denver Partnership

The five development and one transportation projects had the “most significant economic impact on the center city in 2016,” according to a news release.

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The Triangle Building (Courtesy Photo)

The Triangle Building (Courtesy Photo)

The Downtown Denver Partnership recognized six new projects Thursday for their contribution to the heart of the Mile High City.

Five developments and one transportation project were selected by a jury of business leaders put together by the partnership. They had the “most significant economic impact on the center city in 2016,” according to a news release.

“Great cities don’t happen by accident, they thrive because of collaboration and commitment that is exemplified by our 56th Annual Downtown Denver Award Winners,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, in a statement. “Thank you to the winners, the business community and all who commit to helping achieve our bold vision for the center city.”

Here are the projects:


Gusto opened its “co-headquarters” at 1201 16th St. in 2016. The San Francisco-based startup conducted a $1 million renovation of the 37,000 square-foot-space in the Tabor Center. The company employs more than 150 people in Denver and plans to grow to more than 1,000 in the coming years.

Rose Andom Center

Rose Andom Center (Courtesy Photo)

Rose Andom Center (Courtesy Photo)

The Rose Andom Center supports victims of domestic violence at 1330 Fox St. Rose Andom, a domestic violence survivor, provided the lead $1 million gift for the $12 million project. The center connects victims with nearby services including the Denver Police Department’s Domestic Violence Investigation Unit as well as a city and district attorneys.

Tivoli Quadrangle

Tivoli Quadrangle (Courtesy Photo)

Tivoli Quadrangle (Courtesy Photo)

The Tivoli Quadrangle on the Auraria campus, near Larimer and 11th streets, turned athletic fields into new green space for events, festivals and social gatherings that can accommodate up to 11,000 visitors.

The Triangle Building

The $86 million privately funded Triangle Building, designed by is home to Liberty Global, WeWork, Autodesk and the Capital One Café. The building’s three shimmering, all-glass facades rise above a triangular parcel formed by the 16th Street Mall, Wewatta Street and the newly constructed Tail Tracks Plaza, creating direct pedestrian connections between the Pepsi Center and Denver Union Station.

University of Colorado A Line

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An RTD train speeds down the line. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The University of Colorado A Line provided more than 5 million passenger trips with an on-time performance of 90 percent. Since announcing the CU A Line, the Union Station area has been infused with more than $2 billion in private investment, per DDP.

The Wheatley

The Wheatley at 530 25th St. includes 82 apartments — 18 units are set aside for affordable housing. Fourteen townhomes and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor office space are included in the project. The project was funded by a loan from the Denver Office of Economic Development, a $100,000 grant from the Welton Challenge, and $1.35 million in funding from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority.

Facts for descriptions courtesy of Downtown Denver Partnership.

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