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6900 Layton BuildingFeaturing 6900 Layton, NAIOP's 2021 Office Development of the Year

Posted on September 6, 2021
By Shawn Donohoe, Senior Business Development Manager, The Weitz Company, LLC

When 6900 Layton broke ground in the dynamic Belleview Station development back in 2018, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was quoted to say, “Belleview Station is well on its way to redefining how people can work, shop, dine and live all in one place – making it a signature asset for economic development and underscoring Denver’s position as a leading city for business success. We’re proud to celebrate the latest premier office space to take shape at one of Denver’s many transit-oriented development sites.”

Completed in September 2020, this sleek 385,000-square-foot Class AA Design Build and it’s custom, glass curtain certainly live up to expectations. Named Office Development of the year during the NAIOP Colorado “Best of the Best” in 2020. The project is located just 200 feet from the light-rail platform and the building rises 15 stories, bringing a stunning beauty to the office park by reflecting the skies of Denver and providing spectacular views for those inside the building.

The project was a design-build partnership between Prime West as the developer, Weitz as the General Contractor, and Gensler’s Denver studio. Throughout the6900 Layton Lobby challenges of the pandemic, the team remained focused on safety and integrity. As Jim Neenan, president and CEO of Prime West said in the Colorado Real Estate Journal in August 2020, “Together as a team, we have pushed expectations on innovation and schedule. The result will be an elegant, progressive, mixed-use office asset further animating what is becoming a dynamic node on the southeast light-rail line.”

Bruce Porter, Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Weitz Company Rocky Mountain Business Unit, also believes the working relationships were key to the success of the project, saying “6900 Layton was a special project. I was continuously impressed by the attention to detail and the commitment from each of our team members, the design-build team, and our trade partners to maintain great working relationships across the project. Our Weitz office is located near 6900 Layton, and our team feels a great sense of accomplishment when we drive by the project each day.”

6900 Layton at SunsetStructurally, the building is a hybrid, with the building frame accommodating garage parking (1,250 parking spaces) on the first five levels. A central cast-in-place concrete core is surrounded by a precast podium coming out of the ground for five stories, capped by a structural steel tower rising to the full height. On level one, 15,000 square feet of retail is joined by a large tenant-accessible fitness center and bike storage to encourage alternatives to auto-centric transportation.

Another unique feature is the integration of two completely independent mechanical systems. A primary central plant, located on the roof, serves floors 7 through 15, while a water source heat pump system is used on the lower six floors. The dual-process solution affords overall savings in both first costs and long-term operations.

6900 Layton was named the NAIOP Colorado Office Development of the Year in 2021.  The project also achieved LEED Gold and was a 2020 Regional Award Winner of “Excellence in Subcontracting” from the Design-Build Institute of America, Rocky Mountain Region.