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Alliance continues work on Kappa Tower II, Fitzsimons Hyatt House Hotel

Kappa Tower II in east Denver will provide 70 units of affordable seniors housing.

Alliance Construction Solutions continues to make progress on its Kappa Tower II and Fitzsimons Hyatt House Hotel projects.

While neither project has faced notable job-site challenges due to the pandemic, “COVID-19 has yielded some impacts to the schedule due to social distancing protocols; however, ACS is dedicated to overcoming this challenge through staggered shifts, additional hours/days and creative sequencing of scopes all while maintaining employee/worker safety as our No. 1 priority,” said Dan Miller, Alliance Construction’s senior project manager.

Alliance is progressing with Kappa Tower II, having begun framing the fourth floor in anticipation of the May topping out. Rough-in of MEP scopes is underway and construction of the exterior façade began mid-May.

Kappa Tower II is located in the Northfield neighborhood of east Denver. The complex will provide 70 units of affordable housing to seniors. Kappa Housing opened Kappa Tower I in 1984.

“Challenged to provide another successful housing solution to continue the Denver Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi’s (DBA Kappa Housing) incredible history and mission, the architecture is of a timeless and efficient form, focused on maximizing the comfort, integrity and livability of the resident and the strength of the community,” Bobby Long, Kephart principal and director of design, said of the design inspiration.

The red brick was chosen to represent the fraternity’s signature color of crimson, and the ground level was accented with warm, wood paneling to exude the feeling home, according to Long.

“We’re excited for how well the building connects and furthers the mission of Kappa Alpha Psi,” Long said. “The residents and visitors will feel the pride of place, the comfort of home, the integrity of the mission and the safety and connection of community as they live and visit.”

The project is owned by Kappa Housing and designed by Kephart Architects. Medici Consulting Group serves as the owner’s representative. Kappa Tower II is expected to be completed in first-quarter 2021.

Alliance also continues with construction of the Fitzsimons Hyatt House Hotel, which is located across from the Fitzsimons Campus and new VA Medical Center. The 108,078-square-foot hotel consists of six stories and 140 guest rooms. The hotel will include meeting and conference rooms, a pool and fitness center, retail space, a bar/lounge, dining area and parking spaces.

The Alliance team recently completed the post-tension deck pour. Framing and rough-in of mechanical/electrical/plumbing scopes have begun and will continue for the next few months. The team anticipates a topping out in early July.

The project is owned by BMC Investments and designed by CannonDesign. Fitzsimons Hyatt House Hotel is expected to be completed in second-quarter 2021.

Published in the June 3-16, 2020, 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…