FIFTY, a 12-story tower in Denver, Colo., is Class AAA office space — a designation
it earns, in part, by having superior materials and finishes. The 185,000 square-foot
building consists of five full floors of parking, six floors of open office and
one double- height lobby. The elevated office floors have excellent views of
the surrounding mountains and is a visible landmark for travelers on the
adjacent I-25 corridor. Building amenities include co-working spaces, a fitness
facility, a roof deck and a lobby with accommodation for both a financial
institution and a café.
the building’s prominent location, design excellence was a priority, and
handpicked granite was one of the metrics for meeting quality and performance
standards. In total, about 67,000 square feet of Coldspring granite was
selected for the project. Design elements were based on the owner’s passion for
White® stone was selected for the building’s cladding. The stone features a
consistent appearance, and its light color fits well with the project
inspiration of nautical themes.
White is representative of the whitewater break a sailing vessel makes as it
cuts through the ocean,” explains Robin Ault, Director of Design and Principal,
Clutch Design Studio.
Coldspring assisted with detailing and sampling various
finishes of granite colors during the selection process. Members of the teams visited Coldspring's California quarry, where they
learned about plant processes and viewed the exact stone that would be used on
the plant, we met with several staff who provided a thorough education on the
entire process, which was very well-received,” says Ault.
Thermal finish delivered the slightly smooth texture the team desired. The
architects worked with curtain-wall subcontractor Harmon to develop a clip
system that integrated with their standard curtainwall system. Coldspring’s Mesabi
Black® stone was also installed in the tower as a wall base to accentuate the building’s
the landscape design, we thought about the importance of craftsmanship, such as
you might find on a yacht, and we paid close attention to material fabrication
and the interface between materials,” say Craig
Vickers, Principal, Civitas Inc.
Mesabi Black stone with Diamond® 10 finish was
used for wall cladding, copings and stair treads.
When polished, “Mesabi Black® has reflective qualities,
resembling water, and where it is left unpolished, it has the stable look of
earth,” says Vickers. “We didn’t want a monolithic feel for the site detailing
that you might find at a courthouse or monument. Rather, we opted to detail the
walls and steps in a way that would bring together multiple materials such as
stainless-steel risers with granite treads and granite wall veneers combined
with stainless steel and IPE wood seat decking. All were intended to capture
that yacht level of craftsmanship.”
The end result was a finely crafted office
building that will provide a stunning home for businesses in downtown Denver
for generations to come. Success was made possible through superior
collaboration among all members of the team.
entire process was handled very well by Coldspring without any construction
conflicts or design issues,” says Ault. “We were happy to have them as part of
our team for this building.”