G.H. Phipps tops out Lakehouse Residences

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The mixed-use community offers 196 condominium and rowhome residences.

NAVA Real Estate Development, a Colorado-based development company, announced G.H. Phipps recently topped out construction of its 12-story Lakehouse development.

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“We commend and congratulate G.H. Phipps and their subcontractors for keeping the project on track,” said Don Larsen, vice president with NAVA. “The team successfully managed a complex design paired with challenging site conditions that included ground water, groundwater treatment, a sloped site and multiple building floor elevations to ensure that pour dates were met. NAVA is truly grateful for their dedication to the project.”

Located steps from the south shore of Sloan’s Lake on the corner of 17th Avenue and Raleigh Street, the new mixed-use community offers 196 condominium and rowhome residences. Condominiums range in size from approximately 704 to 3,357 square feet, with one-, two- and three-bedroom options.

Since breaking ground in May 2017, the site’s two red cranes have become a beacon in the Denver skyline. The smaller of the cranes was taken down in early October and the second will be removed later this year. To date, the project has placed more than 26,000 cubic yards of concrete and 350 tons of reinforcements. With completion scheduled for next year, the development team is working to finish programming the exterior and interior spaces and expects to have a mock-up unit ready for hardhat viewing soon.

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“We are now at the point where we are selecting furniture for the common areas, equipment for the fitness lab and even permanent signage and artwork,” said Brian Levitt, who along with his business partner and fellow Denver resident, Trevor Hines, founded NAVA to develop “architecturally significant” communities in prime locations that are sensitive to the environment and building occupants. “We’ve partnered with a talented team of experts to help us bring Lakehouse to life and fulfill our promise for a community that is both healthy and beautiful.”

As one of just a few high-rise for-sale residential buildings under construction in Denver, Lakehouse is further differentiated by its unique pursuit of WELL Building certification. The internationally recognized performance-based system is the first to focus solely on promoting human health and wellness in the built environment. The WELL Building standard is based around seven key elements of wellness – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Lakehouse is the first residential project in Colorado to pilot and pursue WELL and has been designed specifically to support these elements. Healthy features include open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize natural light, improved air quality through a MERV-13 air filtration system, an on-site urban farm to encourage healthy eating and a creative workshop to inspire the arts.

Lakehouse is located on the former site of the St. Anthony Hospital in the LEED-certified Sloans District.

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Published in the Dec. 5-18, 2018, Colorado Real Estate Journal.

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…