Nurturing talent at heart of Schnitzer West office towers

Westray will consist of three 16-story towers with approximately 850,000 square feet of Class A office space. (Fentress Architects)

Schnitzer West has announced plans for three 16-story office towers designed to appeal to millennial workers migrating to the suburbs in search of housing and easy commutes.

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Westray, born from the idea of looking west, will consist of approximately 850,000 square feet of Class A office space on 11 acres at 6363 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. in Centennial. The site is across the street from Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre and just west of the Arapahoe at Village Center lightrail station.

“We see a tremendous opportunity in the Denver region and will continue to invest in strategic development opportunities throughout the area,” said Doug Zabel, Schnitzer West managing partner. “Westray’s proximity to a wide range of housing options and easy access to the RTD rail system allows employers to lease true Class A office space while reducing commute times in half as compared to traveling to Denver’s central business district.”

Westray’s first building, 290,000 sf, will get underway in the third quarter and be completed in approximately 24 months. Highlights will include an elevated great room and landscaped terrace with mountain views, 30,800-sf floor plates, podium parking, a conference and training center, comprehensive fitness center with fully appointed locker rooms, a dedicated onsite concierge, full-service restaurant, grab-and-go food service and a coffee bar.

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Fentress Architects will work with The Weitz Co. to develop the three-building campus. The project team also includes structural and civil engineers DCI Engineers, MTech Mechanical, Weifield Group Contracting, Russel + Mills and Avenue Interior Design.

Companies’ No. 1 resource – talent – is at the heart of the project.

“Strong talent is not something merely to be stored in the typical DTC office park but nurtured in an environment designed to bring out potential and maximize a company’s largest investment goals,” said Zabel. “What’s needed to accomplish this is a high-performance space with three-dimensional inspiration. Incorporating a holistic rethinking of space can turn the workplace into premium fuel for business success, as well as ensure employee satisfaction,” he said.

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Andy Ross, John Beason and Andrea Staucet of JLL are the listing brokers for Westray.

Most of the new Class A construction completed in the southeast suburban office submarket this cycle has been well received by tenants, and Zabel expects that trend will continue with a shift in millennial workers wanting to live in suburban markets vs. high-density urban locations.

Schnitzer West acquired the development site earlier this year for $20.25 million, according to Arapahoe County records.

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Jill Jamieson-Nichols has been an Editor with the Colorado Real Estate Journal for more than 15 years, providing coverage of office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-use development news in the Denver metro area, plus all property types in Northern Colorado, Boulder County and along the Highway 36 corridor. Prior to joining CREJ, Jill was Editor of…