At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, Portman Holdings and Hensel Phelps were joined by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and leaders from InterContinental Hotels Group to celebrate the opening of Union Tower West. The vertically-stacked mixed-use development at 1801 Wewatta Street in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood features a 180-room Hotel Indigo® hotel and 100,000 square feet of office space.
“We’re proud that Union Tower West reflects and complements the appeal of the fantastic LoDo neighborhood,” said Portman Holdings CEO Ambrish Baisiwala. “It was important to create a one-of-a-kind property in this key location so close to Union Station, and we’re grateful for the partnership of Hensel Phelps, IHG, John Portman & Associates, the City of Denver, Canyon Capital and Regions Bank in bringing that vision to life.”
John Portman & Associates designed the LEED certified building to interact with the existing and planned urban environment throughout Lower Downtown Denver. It includes a new public space at the intersection of Wewatta and 18th Streets that serves as a pedestrian entry to the building, and links to the recently constructed pedestrian crossing at the new multimodal station. The design reflects the innovative and pioneering spirit of the Mile High City.
Hotel Indigo® Denver hosted its first guests on January 17, 2017. It combines the charm of a boutique hotel with the top-notch amenities of the Hotel Indigo brand at the epicenter of Denver’s white-hot Lower Downtown, just steps from Union Station, Coors Field, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The building also features a new restaurant called Hearth and Dram, described as a “modern day saloon” with more than 350 whiskey varieties served alongside rustic American cuisine.
Above the Hotel Indigo® hotel, office floors feature large floor plates allowing tenants maximum flexibility for employee collaboration and productivity. The law firm Husch Blackwell was the first tenant to lease in Union Tower West, and will occupy their suite in early March. Another law firm, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar and Scott LLP, has leased office space on the 12th floor where they will move this Fall. Both spaces include spectacular views of Union Station, Downtown Denver, the mountains and Coors Field. Travis Garland of Portman Management Company is collaborating with Colliers International to lease remaining office space.