Jonathan Rose Companies
 
Denver Dry Goods Building Mixed-Use Revitalization
Denver, Colorado

The 100-year old Denver Dry Goods Building in downtown Denver closed in 1987 as department stores across the country consolidated and focused on growth in the suburbs. Jonathan Rose Companies created a leasing, financing and organization plan that utilized twenty-three sources of financing to convert this historic building into a mixed-use site that includes: affordable and market-rate rental housing, marketrate condos, offices and three large retail stores occupying the basement, ground and second floors of the building.

This successful redevelopment project completed by Jonathan Rose Companies and its partner, The Denver Urban Renewal Authority, inspired more than twenty other mixed-use/historic renovation projects in downtown Denver.

Green features of the building include its pedestrian and transit oriented locality, insulated glass and façade to improve thermal performance, and large windows that provide day lighting. Residential cooling is supplied by energy efficient evaporative coolers while a digital building management system monitors the rehabilitated and new central chillers that control the commercial space temperatures. The building also features early applications of variable speed motors and other energy saving devices recommended by the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Building Program.

The ground floor and basement retail spaces are now being re-tenanted. Tenants such as Aveda are supporting the green mission of the building through the successful integration of green core and shell specifications with green tenant improvements.
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Firm Role
Developer
Co-Developer for condominiums with The Denver Urban Renewal Authority

Project Profile
Conversion and restoration of an historic building for green mixed-use, including affordable and market-rate condos, office and retail space

Project Team
Architect: Urban Design Group
Retail Architect: Klipp


Total Project Size / Budget
350,000 square feet / $48 million

Completion
Three phases, 1993 - 1999

Selected Awards
American Institute of Architects/Committee on the Environment, Top Ten Green Buildings, 1999

National Trust for Historic Pres ervations National Preservation Award, 1995

Ahwahnee Community Livability Award, 1997

Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, Finalist, 1995, 1996