1401 LawrenceDenver’s thriving Central Business District (CBD) continues to expand with the announcement of another office mid-rise tower planned for downtown. Non-profit Downtown Denver Partnership recently reported that more than 24 projects worth just over $1.8 billion are currently underway in the Mile High City’s prosperous CBD. Metro-Denver based Lerch Bates has been selected to design the sophisticated vertical transportation systems of 1401 Lawrence.

Full-service building solutions firm The Beck Group has contracted Lerch Bates to perform complete vertical transportation consulting services including schematic designs, design development, construction documents management and construction administration for the nine elevator systems that are currently planned for 1401 Lawrence. The modern 22-story tower will be built on the southwestern border of downtown Denver’s CBD and historic LoDo neighborhood at the corner of 14th and Lawrence streets. The mid-rise will feature a glass façade encasing 298,000 square feet of premium office space, 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space and 397 parking spaces on floors two through seven. An official ground breaking ceremony for 1401 Lawrence was held on Oct. 1.

“Downtown Denver is experiencing a dynamic renaissance with more than two dozen prominent office tower, residential and revitalization projects recently announced or under construction,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The Mile High City was recently been named one of the fastest growing large metropolitan areas in the country and much of the development is happening within Denver’s city limits. The city’s downtown is primed for an addition to its developing skyline.”

First Gulf, the commercial arm of Toronto-based Great Gulf, is developing 1401 Lawrence. The new tower was designed to meet LEED Gold certification and will feature 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, with many offering exquisite views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, contemporary fitness center, an outdoor terrace on the eighth floor and proximity to Denver Union Station, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the city’s expansive 16th Street Mall.