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Denver’s Granite Tower Receives Major Renovation


KBS has completed a series of renovations to Granite Tower, a 31-story Class A office building in Downtown Denver. Granite Tower, located at 1099 18th St, is owned by KBS REIT II.

The improvements serve to activate the building’s street-level space to invite interaction with Downtown Denver’s local community, in addition to providing a full slate of new indoor/outdoor amenities to enhance tenant’s experience at the property in preparation for a post-pandemic environment.

As Denver’s downtown core has boomed, companies have come to expect high-end amenities in their office space in order to attract and retain top talent for the long haul, according to Tim Helgeson, asset manager for Granite Tower and senior vice president for KBS.

Architecture, engineering, planning and interiors firm DLR Group and architectural firm Alan Colussy Architecture LLC oversaw the renovations, designed to align the property competitively with nearby comparable assets. Engineering services for the renovations were completed by Columbine Engineering for MEP and Martin Martin for structural and civil services. The upgrades included:

• A new entry, with an entirely re-imagined glass lobby welcoming tenants and visitors.
• A refurbished lobby with minimalist furnishings to extend the streamlined lighted lobby and emphasize access to a new low- and high-rise dual-elevator core, as well as large-format marble-look tile that fits over the existing pink granite.
• A densely furnished retail/café space revealed by an operable partition in the lobby.
• A new bike-storage area accessible directly from a secondary entrance off the sidewalk.
• A 12k sf, full-level tenant-amenity center on the third floor, featuring a central lounge fronted by a massive glass-wall opening to a 700 sf outdoor deck and flanked by conferencing and fitness space. The conferencing facilities flex easily to numerous configurations with movable partition walls, while the fitness facilities feature spa locker rooms.

“After these improvements, what was formerly dark and dated at Granite Tower’s street level is now a new, modernized experience that is light, bright, and expansively streamlined,” says Jessie Johnson, architect and principal with DLR Group. “The building is now open and welcoming to pedestrians, visitors and tenants as well as visually pleasing from the interior and exterior.”

“We delivered an expansion in the lobby, creating a lantern effect so that during the daytime it captures light and at night time it takes on an internal illumination that allows it to glow and come alive,” says Alan Colussy, principal member of Alan Colussy Architecture, LLC. “The new amenities afford the building a clean, crisp and contemporary look that supports the property’s updated functionality. The changes also truly resonate with tenants, who increasingly bike to work and can now enter the building securely and go up to the new fitness room to shower without having to use the main entrance.”

Originally built in 1984 as part of a four-tower block and formerly known as Stellar Plaza and Plaza Tower, Granite Tower today covers two city blocks and features 593.5k sf of office space. The LEED Gold-certified property, which contains a 774-space, three-level parking structure with 615 spaces dedicated to its office tenants, is located a couple of minutes’ walk from the Ritz Carlton, in the center of Downtown Denver development, at the gateway to Denver’s Lower Downtown Historic District (LoDo), and with close proximity to Coors Field and the redeveloped Union Station.

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