Urban Design Committee Guide

The GTCD Urban Design Committee is responsible for reviewing proposed development and redevelopment projects concerning real estate located within the boundaries of the Golden Triangle neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. The committee is a group of approximately 25 individuals comprised of design professionals, real estate professionals, landowners, business owners, and residents who are all interested in the neighborhood continuing to evolve as a vibrant, healthy and distinct arts and cultural community.

 

  • MEETING INFORMATION

    The committee meets monthly, as needed, on the second Thursday of each month. This group is very interested in the design intent, quality of architecture, public realm, and relationship to the neighborhood context. Each project is typically allotted 45 minutes. Please plan for a 30 minute presentation and 15 minutes of questions and answers.

    If you would like more information or have a project for review, please reach out via our contact form.

    To be added to our contact list for committee news and meeting information, email: urbandesign@goldentriangleofdenver.com

  • COMMITTEE PRESENTATION OUTLINE:

    If you will be presenting at an upcoming Urban Design Committee meeting, we recommend you create a distinct presentation addressing the following items, as applicable. (Click on the document, “GTCD Urban Design Committee Presentation Requirements” under “Resources” below to download a pdf.)


    Vision and Ideation.

    • Context: Provide urban design analysis demonstrating an understanding of how the project site relates to neighborhood and adjacency contexts. Review information found at the bottom of this page under “Resources”.
    • Vision and Design Principles: Describe an overarching vision and the design principles that will guide the design process. This should be more than acknowledging zoning and design guidelines and giving the height and density of most projects; this should consider both podium and tower design as they are experienced differently. What is your inspiration? How will this building play a role in the lives of those who live there and within the community? How does this building fit within the existing context, and to the extent known, the changing context around it. How will the architecture add to character of the neighborhood? How will the public realm and ground floor uses add to the safety and vibrancy of the neighborhood?


    Technical Plan and Form.

    • Schedule: Provide overview of schedule and where you are with the city process.
    • Project Statistics: Provide overall project statistics including lot size, project height and FAR, dwelling unit count and mix, number parking spaces per unit and total parking spaces, etc.
    • Site Plan: Provide a detailed site plan that demonstrates vehicular and pedestrian circulation, access, loading, landscape, public open space/art location, etc.
    • Form and Massing: Demonstrate overall form and massing of the podium and tower. This should be informed by established design vision and principles.
    • Ground Floor Activation: Demonstrate how the project creates a dynamic and lively street edge that adds to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
    • Floor Plan: Show prototypical floor plates for each level (ground floor plan, parking level, typical upper floorplan, unique upper-level plan, amenity decks).
    • Variances: What deviations from the design standards and/or zoning ordinance will you be requesting from the city to make the project more successful (if any)?


    Models and Rendering.

    • Elevations and Modeling: Identify heights, setback/step-backs, materials pallet, and application.
    • Project Renderings:  Provide project renderings that demonstrate the look, feel and character of the buildings. One of these renderings should include the street level experience (this may be reserved for the second presentation).
  • PAST PRESENTATIONS:

    Date: November 10, 2022
    Presenter(s): Carvell Architects
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    1201 Cherokee Street, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): Davis Partnership Architects
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    West side of Broadway between 9th and 10th Avenues, Denver, CO 80203

    Date: October 13, 2022
    Presenter(s): Shears Adkins Rockmore & Bruce Berger Realty
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    900 & 938 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): Fred Glick
    Development:
    Evans School renovations
    Location:
    1115 Acoma Street, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: September 8, 2022
    Presenter(s): Urban Villages
    Development:
    Office building with ground floor theatre, cafe & retail space
    Location:
    1150 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): SAR+
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    112 E 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80203

    Date: August 11, 2022
    Presenter(s): Hord Coplan Macht (HCM)
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    Northeast corner of 8th Ave & Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203

    Presenter(s): Ware Malcomb
    Development:
    Remodel of existing credit union (Updates)
    Location:
    1075 Acoma St, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: May 12, 2022
    Presenter(s): Carmel Partners
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    700 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80203

    Presenter(s): Hyder Construction
    Development:
    Sports Castle building redevelopment
    Location:
    1000 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

    Date: April 14, 2022
    Presenter(s): Davis Partnership Architects
    Development:
    Residential apartment building & Cherokee Row retail spaces (Updates)
    Location:
    11th Ave and Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): Ware Malcomb
    Development:
    Remodel of existing credit union
    Location:
    1075 Acoma St, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: March 10, 2022
    Presenter(s): Urban Villages
    Development:
    Mixed hotel and condo units – further discussion regarding curb cut variance
    Location:
    1115 Acoma St, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects and Milender White
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    12th Ave and Elati St, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: February 10, 2022
    Presenter(s):
    Councilperson Chris Hinds & Andrew Iltis, Denver Downtown Partnership
    Development:
    5280 Trail
    Location:
    Throughout Denver, including Acoma St between 10th Ave & 12th Ave in the Golden Triangle

    Date: January 13, 2022
    Presenter(s):
    Davis Partnership Architects
    Development:
    Residential apartment building & Cherokee Row retail spaces
    Location:
    11th Ave and Cherokee St, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: November 11, 2021
    Presenter(s):
    Ewers Architecture
    Development:
    SGI-USA Denver Buddhist Center redevelopment
    Location:
    1450 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: October 14, 2021
    Presenter(s):
    Urban Villages
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    1145-1199 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): Urban Villages
    Development:
    Mixed hotel and condo units
    Location:
    1115 Acoma St, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: September 9, 2021
    Presenter(s):
    Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
    Development:
    Forum Apartments renovation project
    Location:
    250 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: August 12, 2021
    Presenter(s):
    Kimley-Horn
    Development:
    Residential apartment building
    Location:
    10th Ave and Cherokee St (along Speer Blvd), Denver, CO 80204

    Date: June 10, 2021
    Presenter(s): Kimley-Horn
    Development: Sports Castle Lofts mixed-use development
    Location: North of 1000 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

    Presenter(s): Alpine Investments
    Development: Residential apartment building
    Location: 955 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: May 13, 2021
    Presenter(s): Summit Capital Venture Group, Studio PBA
    Development: Residential apartment building
    Location: 1158 Delaware St, Denver, CO 80204

    Presenter(s): Norris Design, Davis Partnership Architects
    Development: Residential apartment building
    Location: 899 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

    Date: March 11, 2021
    Presenter(s): Denver Public Library
    Development: Central Library, proposed modifications to the building exterior
    Location: 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

    Date: February 11, 2021
    Presenter(s): KEPHART Architecture, Norris Design (January 14 meeting follow up requested)
    Development: Planned apartment building
    Location: Block bounded by Colfax Ave, Fox St, 14th Ave and Galapago St

    Date: January 14, 2021
    Presenter(s): KEPHART Architecture, Norris Design
    Development: Planned apartment building
    Location: Block bounded by Colfax Ave, Fox St, 14th Ave and Galapago St

Resources

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