SOVA on Grant: A Timeless Building Joins Uptown

SOVA on Grant is in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood.


The Uptown neighborhood of Denver is filled with exceptional dining, boutique shopping and exciting nightlife. Living in the highly walkable Uptown neighborhood means that some of the best culture and fun that Denver has to offer is right outside your front door. Consider that your front door could be in a luxury apartment home at SOVA on Grant, the 211-unit boutique apartment home community located in the heart of Denver’s Uptown neighborhood at 1901 Grant St.

Kristy Greer
Director of Multifamily Development, McWhinney

With the walkability of the neighborhood, it was important to design a building that responds to and appropriately addresses the public realm. Craine Architecture incorporated simply composed volumes relating to the immediate urban context, while meeting the ground in a way that is sensitive to the active streetscape. Walkout residences with patio entries march along Grant Street, providing human scaled elements and softening the public street edge. The building entry, prominently situated at the intersection, sets up a highly transparent lobby space extending along the heavily traveled 19th Avenue. In addition to the management offices, the lobby contains various community gathering spaces, suitable for working as a group or in a more intimate, individualized setting. The activity encouraged within the space promises to energize this corner throughout the daytime and evening hours.

SOVA on Grant

Perched high above the street at the southwest corner of the building, visible from blocks away, is the elegant 12th-story après lounge space, offering spectacular views toward downtown and to the mountains beyond. This resident-focused amenity comes complete with a state-of-the-art golf simulator, communal kitchen and lounge, outdoor spa, and outdoor cooking, dining and lounging areas, offering seamless entertainment and relaxation.

SOVA rooftop patio

Nestled within the fourth-floor, west-facing courtyard is yet another outdoor gathering space. Furnished with hammocks and comfortable seating, this rooftop patio flows out of a spa-like fitness center, complete with his and her steam showers, virtual training, yoga and Cybex exercise equipment. Rounding out an extravagant amenities package is a self-service ski/bike repair and storage space, along with secured garage parking and onsite electric vehicle charging stations.

SOVA on Grant features a collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes, and first-floor walkouts. All homes are equipped with stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops in kitchens and bathrooms, sleek undermount sinks, modern plank flooring, front-loading washers and dryers, walk-in closets and oversized tubs. Select units also include gas ranges, vaulted ceilings, and city and mountain views. Residents also have access to additional personal and bike storage and the security of a keyless building and home entry system.

SOVA on Grant is a pet-friendly community with an onsite Paw Spa and offers easy access to outdoor amenities. The property also features onsite resident event programming, complete with a staff member dedicated to satisfying resident needs and providing a full-time concierge-level of service. In addition, SOVA offers an on-site conference room and business center, convenient downtown access and maintenance-free living.

The multifamily community offers a wide variety of earth-friendly amenities, such as 95 covered indoor bike racks for residents, water-efficient flow and flush fixtures, LED lighting, high-performance glazing and efficient HVAC systems and appliances.

SOVA’s on-site conference room

As part of its green initiative for construction and sustainable living space, SOVA on Grant has received LEED Silver certification. In addition to being situated within a ½-mile walking distance of light rail, SOVA has been careful to incorporate environmentally friendly materials and building practices. Sustainable efforts target a savings of 41% of total indoor potable water usage. This is equal to an estimated 2.95 million gallons saved annually. Additionally, SOVA has targeted an estimated 23% energy cost savings compared to a code-compliant building. The building also avoids the use of refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer. HVAC systems and the building’s envelope have been designed to meet the requirements of ASHRAE 55-2004, “Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy” to provide a comfortable thermal environment that promotes occupant productivity and wellbeing. To ensure superior indoor air quality, SOVA has chosen to use low- or no-volatile organic compounds in the adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, composite wood and Agri fiber products throughout the building. SOVA on Grant has purchased at least 15% of all materials containing recycled content as well as extracted, processed, and manufactured within 500 miles of the site. A recycling waste program has also been provided for residents to encourage responsible waste diversion.

Published in the June 2019 issue of Building Dialogue.

Edited by Building Dialogue