Page 32 - June 15-July 5, 2022 Construction, Design & Engineering by Kris Oppermann Stern The Thompson Denver, a Hyatt Hotels Corp. property, opened in Lower Downtown. Designed by DLR Group and developed by T2 Hospitality, the 11-story, mixed-use, 220- room hotel project was built by Layton Construction. It is approximately 140,000 square feet. “Our design approach to the Thompson was to focus a great level of attention to the scale of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel and pay homage to its historical context,” said DLR Group Principal Brian Murch. “The new design is inspired by its surroundings while provid- ing a sense of iconic grandeur that simultaneously breathes life into LoDo and the 16th Street Mall by activating the urban streetscape with the buzz of the hotel lobby and the Chez Maggy restaurant.” Podium levels respond to the neighboring historic buildings’ rhythm, scale and proportion, with great focus on aligning the windows and architectural fenestration across the compo- sition of buildings that line the street. The building’s upper block of guest rooms shifts back away from the street to mitigate the overall scale of the new structure and aims to establish a strong relation- ship with LoDo and the height of the buildings in the neigh- borhood. The street corner is anchored by a steel tower fea- ture that helps the hotel’s street visibility and presence on the 16th Street Mall. The restau- rant faces the 16th Street Mall and spills over into an outdoor patio. The main lobby provides a separate express elevator to a mid-level rooftop lounge/bar. The Thompson also utilizes a straightforward palette of materials with the predominant façade material being a brick veneer, adding a hand-crafted feel to the building while weav- ing it into the industrial roots of the neighborhood. Deep-set windows and stepped detailing of the brick add to the weight of the archi- tecture and orchestrate a play of shade and shadow throughout the day. The façade colors are simple and subdued, consist- ing primarily of exposed black- ened architectural steel, plati- num brick masonry, and large expanses of glass along the street to activate the public spaces of the hotel. “I’m a Denver native, and building a beautiful, high-rise building in the heart of down- town that will impact the com- munity for decades to come is a tremendous milestone for me personally and for Layton Con- struction,” said Sean Fitzgerald, Layton’s construction manager. The 16th Street location and the pandemic posed the most significant construction chal- lenges, which Layton success- fully overcame. “There were two major chal- lenges on the project,” Fitzger- ald said. “The first was the location of the project; building on a zero lot line project at 16th and Market, one of the busiest locations in downtown Denver, created logistical and safety challenges. There was no laydown space so all deliveries had to be just in time and keep- ing the public safe while build- ing a high-rise building meant that we had to put a height- ened emphasis on safety. Luck- ily, there were no incidents that occurred that affected the gen- eral public in any way. “Secondly, building through the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the avail- ability of the labor force and created supply chain issues that had to be overcome.” s DLR Group-designed The Thompson Denver opens in Lower Downtown Project partners MorningStar Senior Living, Haselden Real Estate Development and Post Modern Development broke ground on a 188,000-square-foot senior living community in Fort Collins at the southwest corner of Cherry Street and North Col- lege Avenue. MorningStar Senior Living at Old Town will offer 160 suites for independent living, assisted liv- ing and memory care residents, supporting the growing demand for quality senior housing in Lar- imer County. Sitting on 2.7 acres, Morning- Star at Old Town will be the first mixed-used senior living community in Fort Collins and more broadly Colorado, offering complementary retail and office space on its first floor for inter- generational connection. Retail is likely to include banking, dining and pharmacy. Situated in the heart of historic Old Town on the last undeveloped parcel along College Avenue, the project will blend the signature architecture of Old Town and historic fea- tures of College Avenue. Developed within the specifi- cations of MorningStar’s Whole Health Standards, the proj- ect will deliver quality, holistic designs that incorporate the latest protections for residents’ physical health, promote fea- tures essential to mental health and place a strong emphasis on safety, hospitality and comfort. It is anticipated to open in early 2024. Co-developers are Morn- ingStar, a Denver-based senior living developer, owner and operator; Haselden Real Estate Development, a subsidiary of Denver-based Haselden Con- struction, a fully integrated real estate investment and develop- ment firm; and Post Modern Development, a Colorado-based real estate developer. Morning- Star will serve as the operator. The new community in Old Town represents the fourth joint venture between Haselden and MorningStar, and is Morning- Star’s second in Fort Collins and 12th in Colorado. “Haselden and MorningStar have a strong history of partner- ing on industry-leading senior living communities throughout Colorado,” said Ed Haselden, chairman of the board of Haselden Construction. “We rec- ognize seniors are looking for more than a just a care commu- nity so we use a service-oriented, hospitality-driven approach to building a unique living envi- ronment that meets the desires of residents while providing scalability as their care needs evolve.” The community will offer Haselden breaks ground on resort-style senior living community in Old Town Fort Collins Julie Soefer The street corner is anchored by a steel tower feature that helps the hotel’s street visibility and presence on the 16th Street Mall. Please see Haselden, Page 34 La Veta Public Schools added a 73,897-square-foot, two-story pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school that includes an accompany- ing football stadium, track and field facility, basketball gymnasium, and field house. Planning for the school started in 2017 when the dis- trict applied for the Colo- rado BEST grant. After being awarded the grant, GE John- son was selected as the gen- eral contractor for the proj- ect. Construction began in April 2020 and completed in January. Students attended their first day of class in the new school in March. During construction, GE Johnson was able to invest over $3 million into Huer- fano County local businesses including service providers and material suppliers. The architect for the project is Treanor HL. “Our project team really became a part of the La Veta community during construc- tion,” said Andy Sandoval, senior superintendent for GE Johnson. “We lived here and ate at the local restau- rants. We led tours of the site every Tuesday and Thursday for anyone in the commu- nity who wanted to attend. We even got to have one of the La Veta High School students participate in a non- paid work-study program with our team where he worked twice a week learn- ing the trades and receiving school credits. I am thankful for the relationships we were able to build within Huerfa- no County and look forward to building on them.” s GE Johnson completes new La Veta Public School project Milo Construction was selected for the rebuild and restoration of the Old Water- loo restaurant building in downtown Louisville. The architect is Andy Johnson of DAJ Design and the owner is Tebo Development. The 6,710-square-foot structure, located at 809 Main St., originally was built in the early 1900s. Milo will restore the façade of the building, an original store- front and the footprint of the original structure, pro- tecting the heritage of down- town Louisville. The back of the building also will be removed, and a new base- ment and two-story addition will be built. The new addi- tion will have a rooftop deck and two stories of seating for another restaurant location. The Old Waterloo restaurant has relocated to 817 Main St. Louisville during the con- struction process. “Working on historic struc- tures is a specialty for our Milo Construction restores Old Waterloo restaurant location Please see Milo, Page 34 The project will blend the signature architecture of Old Town and historic features of College Avenue.