Kephart designs Littleton’s Westerly Apartments

The project was designed to create connection to Colorado’s active, outdoor lifestyle. Kephart designs Littleton’s Westerly Apartments.

Embrey Partners recently completed its Westerly Apartments in Littleton.

Located adjacent to the foothills and offering quick access to the Rocky Mountains, several state parks and the C-470 bike path, the community was designed to help connect residents to Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle.

“The foothills backdrop offered an opportunity to blend the community into its natural context,” said Chris Grady, director of land planning for Kephart Architects, which designed the project. “This unique environment formed our approach to site design and helped create an appropriate language of building form, materiality and color.”

The view approaching the site as the building settles into the surrounding environment provides a “perfect opportunity to sit within the surrounding Front Range mountains,” said Kephart’s Jesse Garland, project manager, when asked about his favorite part of the design.

“The site bounds and topography created a significant challenge that led us to incorporate split-level buildings that retain a significant amount of grade,” Garland continued. “There were also existing height corridors that required thoughtful site approaches. The site’s visibility from C-470 was also an important consideration in showcasing the design.”

Created in partnership with Embrey Partners, the community is loaded with amenities including an outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, business center, bike and ski workshop, and a game room.

The project was designed to create connection to Colorado’s active, outdoor lifestyle, according to Garland.

“The connections to the local trail system and surrounding environment, as well as amenities like the large fitness center, bike wash, ski workshop, and dog park will make Coloradans truly feel at home,” he said.

Westerly Apartments include 345 units, averaging 955 square feet.

Published in the Nov. 4-17, 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…