One of Denver’s tallest buildings is opening — here’s what we saw inside and out

Hines introduced Denver to its new fifth-tallest building — a massive, modern 40-story office tower at 1144 Fifteenth Street.

A party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The view from Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape;
The view from Denver’s newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hines, a global real estate investment company based in Houston, introduced Denver to its new fifth-tallest building on Wednesday evening. The massive, modern 40-story office tower at 1144 Fifteenth Street was designed by architect Jon Pickard.

The building’s high-end offices are already 85 percent pre-leased according to CBRE and have attracted some of the highest-profile tenants in the city, including Unicomm, Optiv, Gates, Chipotle, Greenberg Traurig, Petrie Partners, and Johnson Financial Group.

Hines hopes tenants will enjoy the cultural amenities of LoDo such as the wealth of nearby restaurants and easy access to the Denver Performance Arts Complex. While the 800-car parking garage will make life easier for those looking to drive to the offices, developers are also hoping the proximity to public transit will allow for commuters to avoid having driving being the only option for transportation.

A party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
A party celebrating the opening of Denver’s newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Amenities include an in-house 5,000 square foot gym, a living-room style collaboration area, a bike repair shop, a bottom floor with ample commercial retail space and 10-foot glass walls that let in a lot of natural light.

Although all of the significant infrastructure work has been completed, tenants will not be able to move into their offices until mid-April.

Here’s what we saw when we visited the building for its grand opening:

The 40th floor of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape;
The 40th floor of Denver’s newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The top of a helicopter seen from the top floor of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape;
The top of a helicopter seen from the top of 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Five Points seen Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape; five points;
Five Points seen Denver’s newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The D&F Tower seen from Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape; 16th street mall; skyline park;
The D&F Tower seen from  1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
A robot man on stilts parades around a party celebrating the opening of 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
Many hands were shaken at a party celebrating the opening of 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
An ice version of 1144 Fifteenth celebrating its opening, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Hines Interests southwest region CEO Mark Cover speaks at a party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
Hines southwest region CEO Mark Cover speaks to the crowd. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Musicians perform at a party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
Musicians play Led Zeppelin on string instruments. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A beatboxing, orange man performs at a party celebrating the opening of Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
A beatboxing, orange man performs at the party. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The view from Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape;
The view from atop  1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Dancing Aliens and Speer Boulevard seen from Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape; speer boulevard; public art;
Dancing Aliens and Speer Boulevard seen from 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Colorado State Capitol seen from Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district; skyline; cityscape; gold dome; capitol building;
The Colorado State Capitol seen from 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Denver's newest skyscraper, 1144 Fifteenth, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; development; kevinjbeaty; downtown; central business district;
1144 Fifteenth, seen from below, March 22, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Allan Tellis

Author: Allan Tellis

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