Adolfson & Peterson tops out Platte Fifteen, Denver’s 1st CLT project

Platte Fifteen blends elements of the historic and modern worlds that the neighborhood represents.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction recently topped out its Platte Fifteen project, which was designed by OZ Architecture and is owned by Crescent Real Estate.

Platte Fifteen is a five-story project using cross-laminated timber, a new approach toward sustainable construction. The 153,416-square-foot building, located in downtown Denver, features highly efficient floor plates, zero-lot-line construction and 85,000 sf of below grade parking.

This is the first CLT project in Denver and, in addition to being sustainable, CLT lends a natural feel, which helped inform the design of the building, according to OZ. The wood will be evident on both the exterior and interior of the building. Office space will have timber columns and ceilings and will be coupled with glass and steel. In addition to adding to the design visually, the wood is also a sound dampener.

Building amenities and features include 10-foot full-height glass, a rooftop deck with unobstructed views of downtown and the mountains, usable common areas, outdoor patios, secured lobby, bike storage and a commuter locker room.

“We saw an opportunity to craft a contextual, forward thinking building that would serve both the tenants and the many pedestrians that walk by this popular section of the Lower Highlands,” said Kelly Davis, principal at OZ Architecture and one of the lead designers of the project. “Platte Fifteen is located on such a gateway corner of the city; it was critical for the design to be a progressive example of the changing nature of the neighborhood.”

Many of the surrounding buildings are brick, but there are also some very modern new builds. For OZ, the challenge was to create a building that blended elements of both the historic and modern worlds that the neighborhood represents.

“This project includes so many unique and sustainable features,” said AP Project Manager Shawn Brannon. “It’s an excellent addition to downtown Denver and we can’t wait to share the finished product.”

Construction is set to be complete in September.

Published in the July 3-16, 2019, issue of CREJ.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…