Nearly 400,000 sq. ft. of precast structure was produced and erected for this building. Wells provided a thinner than normal precast fluted deck and carefully designed dapped beams to hide column corbels and provide a deliberately textured concrete ceiling surface.
Riverview 1700 Platte
Riverview at 1700 Platte, a 243,000-square-foot, Class A office building, sits along the western edge of the South Platte River. The project is comprised of two wing buildings – the five-story North wing and the four-story South wing – connected by a central link structure. From the street, the western frontage pays tribute to the neighborhood’s historic past with a classic red brick façade and punched windows, with the link structure in glass. From the east, Riverview at 1700 Platte is unmistakable for the expansive glass curtain wall covering the entire eastern façade and offering incredible views of the Denver Skyline just across the river.
Built for multi-tenant occupancy, the property also includes two levels of below-grade parking, a fitness center and an elevated courtyard garden on the second floor. Designed to achieve a LEED Silver certification, offices feature generous ceiling heights, direct access to daylight throughout, a rooftop patio and five riverside balconies to ensure users have ample opportunity to brighten everyday with fresh air.
“From a construction standpoint, the hardest part was overall access to the site,” says Saunders Construction Project Executive Mike Pask from a previous article. “The building is hemmed in on three sides by street, river and an adjacent structure, so we’ve been limited to a single egress on the northern edge of the property.” To account for this complexity, the precast structure was assembled and then the building’s exterior skin was installed beginning in the courtyard and going around the building toward the western edge. Pask credits the tremendous team collaboration in preplanning every aspect of construction to enhance a smooth project delivery.