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Mixed-Use Complex in Denver’s LoDo District

Whispers of gold brought early prospectors to the Wild West area that is now Denver, Colorado. But it was land speculator General William Larimer, who in 1858 staked a claim to the land on the eastern side of the South Platte River with the intention of creating a new city—and in hopes of selling lots to those who arrived after him. He dubbed the area Denver City, named for the governor of the Kansas Territory, James Denver.

Today this birthplace of the city of Denver encompasses a vital 23-plus-block area that is known as the Lower Downtown District, or LoDo—as it is affectionately called by Denverites. An exciting blend of history, architecture, culture and commerce, LoDo is home to one of Berg’s Denver ventures: 1400 Wewatta—a 600,000-s.f. mixed-use complex that includes the nine-story Wewatta building and Wynkoop, a 10-story companion project.

Design-Building with Opus Northwest

Bergelectric worked in a design-build capacity with Opus Northwest, which both developed the project and served as construction manager. Owned by Crestone Partners, the complex includes Class A office space, parking, retail and high-end residential penthouse-style condominium units. Bergelectric was responsible for all electrical, fire alarm, access control, lighting control, CCTV and the core and shell work, as well as the buildout of the 22 penthouse units.

To augment its design-build team, Berg enlisted the electrical engineering services of BCER Engineers, a Colorado-based multi-disciplined firm that has been serving the Rocky Mountain area since 1994.

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Simultaneous Schedules—Core, Shell and Multiple TIs

In addition to design and electrical installations for both shell buildings and the the residential units, Bergelectric was selected to simultaneously complete tenant improvements for Chipotle, a progressive restaurant chain that chose the Wynkoop building for its new 43,000-s.f. world headquarters.

Tenants like investment banking firm George K. Baum & Company, attorneys McKenna, Long, & Aldridge, UMB Bank and OPUS Northwest were among the companies for whom Berg installed electrical services—all while providing the finishing touches to the main building installations.

Smart Products Produce Energy Savings

Occupancy sensing was installed for storage rooms and restrooms and occupancy-sensing, dual-level fixtures were utilized for stairwells to shut off half of the lights when stairs are not in use. Owners’ metering will monitor energy usage from various types of tenants, as well as specific lighting usage—enabling tenants to target potential reductions in energy consumption.

Size
300,000 Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$6.5 Million

Duration
January 2007 – August 2009

Delivery Method
Design Build

Other Team Members
Opus Northwest
Opus Architects & Engineers
BCER Engineering, Inc.

Berg Regional Office
Denver

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