Denver Union Station Nabs ULI Global Award for Excellence

The $500 million Union Station redevelopment in Denver has reached a new milestone.

By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor

Denver Union Station
Denver Union Station

The parties responsible for the revival of Denver’s historic Union Station were recently recognized by the Urban Land Institute at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco. The massive redevelopment project is one of 10 to be awarded a prestigious ULI Global Award for Excellence on October 6.

Now in its 37th year, ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence honors projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, planning, and management, and is one of the land use industry’s most distinguished awards. This year, 10 global projects were selected as recipients of the award, five of them in the U.S.: Denver Union Station, Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City, 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle, City Market at O in Washington, D.C., and St. Joseph’s Campus in Oakland, Calif.

Denver Union Station first opened in 1881 and is the main railway station and central transportation hub in the city. Located at 17th and Wynkoop streets in the LoDo district, the station underwent a major renovation in 2012, and re-opened in 2014 with the addition of a new Crawford Hotel, several restaurants and retailers, and a train hall. The redevelopment project is the result of a collaboration between East West Partners, Continuum Partners, Trammell Crow Co., Union Station Alliance, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kiewit, AECOM, and Hargreaves Associates. This is the second Global Award for Excellence for East West Partners, developers of Riverfront Park (the first was in 2011), and also the second win for Continuum Partners, for Belmar in 2006.

“The challenges presented by redeveloping a rail yard and creating a multi-modal transportation center, all during a recession that required unique financing partnerships were no match for dedicated developers, cooperative jurisdictions at all levels of government, a talented design and construction team, and a committed group of community volunteers that oversaw a public-private partnership,” Bill Mosher, senior managing director of Trammell Crow’s Denver office, said in a statement.

Image courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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