Additional Projects

Additional Projects

More projects from urban villages

Additional examples of our work over the years include an assortment of property types and partnership structures. Some we developed and sold. Others we managed and prepared for disposition. Many we continue to oversee.

We believe the most successful projects are those that reset the market rather than following a trend. We work to create dynamic environments where people feel safe, connected, and proud of where they live.

Bradburn Row by Urban Villages

Bradburn Row

Westminster, Colorado

an aerial photograph of Vita Flats in Denver

Vita Flats

Denver, Colorado

A photo of Bellmar Village

Village at Belmar

Lakewood, Colorado

A photo of the New Sheridan building in Telluride Colorado

New Sheridan Telluride

Telluride, Colorado

Lime Apartments, Denver, Colorado

lime apartments

Denver, Colorado

A view of an interior room at River Club

River Club

Telluride, Colorado

A photograph of main street in Sewickley Pennsylvania

Main Street, downtown

Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Mayfair-Cortez Apartments

Mayfair-Cortez Hill Apartments

San Diego, California

Rock Island 1 in Downtown Denver

Rock Island

Denver, Colorado

Seed 2 in downtown Denver

1321 15th St.

Denver, Colorado

Seed 3 in downtown Denver Colorado

1520 Market St.

Denver, Colorado

Seed 3 in Downtown Denver

1500 Market St.

Denver, Colorado

Eliot Flats in Denver Colorado

Eliot Flats

Denver, Colorado

an image of the Marston Building in San Diego

marston building

San Diego, California

the pool at Pure Beach Living in Carlsbad California

Pure Beach Living

San Diego, California

Falcon Run by Urban Villages

Falcon Run

Englewood, Colorado

A view of the Wildhorse at Prospect development

Wildhorse at Prospect

Crested Butte, Colorado

an aerial view of 12th and bannock

12th & Bannock

Denver, Colorado

a photo of Hana Ranch in Maui

Hana Ranch

Maui, Hawaii

an aerial rendering of the Harmony Commons Mall

Harmony Commons Mall

Fort Collins, Colorado

NOCO flats

noco flats

Denver, Colorado

West Village

West Village

The largest net-zero energy community in the United States

West Village - University of California, Davis

West Village is a residential neighborhood located adjacent to the campus of the University of California, Davis. The project houses over 2,300 students, faculty, and staff, and includes recreation centers and study facilities. A network of parks, gardens, pathways, and courtyards reduces reliance on cars and contributes to overall well-being.

In a joint venture with Carmel Partners and a pioneering public-private alliance, we structured a deal that provided ownership flexibility under a long-term ground lease with the University. We also forged cooperative relationships with the University, utility company, and local municipality. This collaborative approach was integral to executing such a complex project. An intricate horizontal infrastructure design helped us meet goals of on-site power generation, zero waste, and careful water management, as well as pedestrian and bicycle access.

Square Feet

Gross: 844,000 SF

Residential: 800,000 SF /Retail: 44,000 SF

Units

663 (2604 beds)

Scope

Engaged with property 2008 – 2020   

Vision

“All of our projects are designed and constructed to last hundreds of years. That longevity creates heightened responsibility. We are establishing urban communities where people live, work, create, relax, and travel not only today — but for generations. It’s important we do it right.”

Jon Buerge
President, Urban Villages

Energy Efficiency

Nearly $7.5 million in federal and state grants to study net zero energy systems supported this project. Energy efficient measures — including web and smartphone applications for monitoring consumption — have reduced demand by approximately 50 percent compared with current building code requirements.

More Bikes, Fewer Cars

A network of parks, gardens, pathways, and courtyards limits energy consumption and enhances overall health.

Sugar Block

Sugar Block

Honoring history with timeless design

Sugar Block - Denver, Colorado

The Sugar Block is home to the former headquarters of the Great Western Sugar Company, one of the 10 most historically relevant buildings in Denver. This robust and richly detailed brick and timber structure bustled with activity until company’s exit in the late 1960s, when it began to decline. We acquired the distressed asset in 2004, along with two adjacent surface parking lots. Working closely with our investor-partner, we created a vision to renovate the historic building and develop two new ground-up projects to hold as a long-term investment.

After refurbishing and stabilizing the 1906-era Sugar Building, we constructed the SugarCube, a 10-story mixed-use building with office space, retail, and 37 luxury residences. We directed and oversaw development and management from the initial purchase through the financing and completion of the third project, SugarSquare.

All three entities benefit from some of the highest rents and lowest turnover in downtown Denver. The thoughtful development of this iconic block exemplifies our approach to urban stewardship, resilient financial performance, and neighborhood regeneration. It also highlights our ability to blend historic architecture with new construction. Despite strong offers over the years, our investor-partner has maintained ownership of the entire block as a legacy asset, and we remain the property manager.

Gross Square Feet: 189,000

Office:  119,000 / Residential: 51,000 /Retail: 19,000

Building Type

Class AA mixed-use

Scope

Three projects: Adaptive re-use, new construction, integration (2003-currently held)

Historic Sugar Building

This Denver Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places still houses a classic — and rare — Otis birdcage elevator behind its buff brick and terra cotta front. It’s one example of our many adaptive re-use projects. Designed in 1906 by Grove and Walsh architects, it was renovated in 2000 and expanded with the Semple Brown-designed SugarSquare addition in 2019.

Square Feet

Over 78,000

Stories

6 + basement

Architect

Grove and Walsh 1906

SugarCube

Designed by world-renowned architect Bruce Kuwabara, the SugarCube building showcases our ability to transform an underutilized parking lot into a modern yet historically respectful paradigm. A state-of-the-art development with restaurants, three levels of office, and six floors of residential, SugarCube was the first building in LoDo to utilize solar energy. It also received the Design of the Year award from the City of Denver, and commands some of the highest lease rates of any mixed-use building in Downtown Denver.

Scope

111,000 SF

Stories

10 + 3 underground parking

Architect

Bruce Kuwabara,
KPMB Architects, Toronto

SugarSquare

Pre-leased before its completion in 2019, SugarSquare was the final phase of SugarBlock. This five-story glass and steel infill building, integrated with two adjacent historic buildings, added office space, a green roof deck, and an eclectic flair. It’s also the smallest building ever to receive the Mayor’s Design of the Year award.

Stories

4 + basement and roof deck

Architect

Semple Brown

the windowed storefront at Little Owl Coffee

We searched for tenants compatible with the specific location. These included ChoLon and Little Owl Coffee, which add to the vivid mix in the area.

a coffee pour-over detail

Little Owl Coffee adds vitality to the adjacent SugarCube lobby, where patrons relax and socialize with office tenants and residents. The boutique roaster has garnered a cult following.

Our work on Sugar Block helped revitalize the entire LoDo district.

Luxury interiors and sprawling views at the LEED certified SugarCube set design standards and draw premium rents.

An outdoor deck complements a unit at SugarCube.

an aerial photo showing the distance between the SugarCube building and Union Station

Sugar Block is located just a few blocks from Union Station.

Larimer Square

Larimer Square

Denver's oldest and most treasured block

Larimer Square - Denver, Colorado

This collection of historic buildings was Denver’s Gold Rush era Main Street, and served as the center of the city’s economic and cultural revolution. Since the 1970s, local preservation efforts have helped transform Larimer Square into one of Denver’s most iconic attractions. Jeff Hermanson’s 1993 purchase of the Square marked the reshaping of the district as a haven for small businesses—from chef-owned and operated restaurants to independent boutiques. By 2015, however, the block suffered from deferred maintenance, diminishing sales and leasing activity, and was in need of a meaningful repositioning plan. 

Our immediate efforts involved creating an exit strategy and preparing the property for sale. We leveraged our extensive knowledge of the asset, closed the street, refreshed the branding, honed management practices, recruited new tenants, and activated the area. Larimer Square not only survived, but flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic with rent adjustments and al fresco events that attracted local residents. Despite the economic hardship, this entrepreneurial repositioning plan ultimately resulted in the sale of the property in December 2020, at a price nearly double the perceived value three years earlier. 

Gross Square Feet: 245,000

 Retail: 142,000     Office: 103,000          

Structures

Historic (1875-1900): 23  Modern (1970 and later): 4

Partnership

2015 – 2020

Place-Making

Our boutique approach to crafting a dynamic and vibrant experience included renovating physical aspects of the property, refreshing the marketing and brand positioning, creating recurring events and programs, and proactively seeking out innovative retail and F&B tenants. One example is Garage Sale, a funky store featuring vinyl records and hand-made clothing and accessories produced by local artisans. Another is a small flower shop led by a young entrepreneur we mentored. Events such as the Chalk art Festival, Slow Food Nations celebrations, and various pop-ups captivated the community.

Rooftop Farm

Our rooftop farm, constructed with specialists in our affiliate company, Bio-Logical Capital, became an oasis that reconnected the public with nature. Over 60 different varietals of fruits and vegetables reshaped a parking lot into a destination for weddings and dozens of community events.

In the summer of 2020, we donated over 1,000 pounds of produce to local food banks. These urban landscaping efforts also reduced water use by more than 70% (30,000 gallons) and carbon emissions by 88%, with a complete eradication of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

One of the most popular occasions was the Chalk Art Festival, which attracted more than 200 artists and 250,000 spectators.

A parking lot no more, Larimer’s first rooftop farm welcomed nature — and events — to this urban village.

Located near the Convention Center, Denver Art Museum, Performing Arts Center, Coors Field, and four universities, Larimer Square is also a short walk to Union Station.

Populus

Populus

The First Carbon Positive Hotel in the Country

Populus - Denver, Colorado

Populus will be the first carbon positive hotel in the United States. Authentically rooted in nature, the hotel will feature 265 modern guest rooms, a ground floor restaurant, flexible event spaces, a coffee bar, a signature rooftop bar and restaurant offering unobstructed views of the mountains, city skyline, and Civic Center Park, and an iconic Aspen tree-inspired design by AD100 architecture firm, Studio Gang. Its first building in Colorado, Studio Gang designed the hotel with distinctive window shapes informed by studying the characteristic patterns found on Colorado’s native Aspen trees (Populus tremuloides).

As the country’s first carbon positive hotel, Populus’ embodied and operational carbon footprint is being offset through forest and agricultural collaborations that sequester more carbon than the building emits throughout its lifecycle – having a net positive impact on climate change and leaving the planet in a better place. Already, over 70,000 trees were planted in Gunnison County, Colorado in partnership with One Tree Planted vis-a-vis the United States Forest Service to re-introduce Engelmann Spruce, a primary tree species that continues to be diminished by beetle kill.

All Populus renderings provided courtesy of Studio Gang.

Keys

265 efficient rooms on 13 floors

Scope

Opening in 2024

Populus Press

“As the signature private development on Civic Center Park, Urban Villages felt a responsibility to create a community asset that would contribute to the architectural legacy of the Mountain West and provide 24/7 activation in this underserved area,” said Jon Buerge, chief development officer at Urban Villages. “We have brought together a team that exemplifies this vision – from architecture and design, to sustainability, hospitality, food and beverage and more. Populus will create opportunities for locals and visitors to connect, relax and find inspiration.”

– Forbes

Rendering provided courtesy of Studio Gang

Rendering provided courtesy of Studio Gang

More from Studio Gang

Studio Gang’s founding principal and partner is MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA. She is also a Professor in Practice at Harvard University, her alma mater, the author of three books on architecture, an elected member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people of 2019. Ecological systems inspire her designs.

The windows in Populus are detailed to perform efficiently in the Denver climate. On the exterior, the “lids” stretch outward according to solar orientation to shade the interior, improving the building’s energy performance. They also neatly channel rainwater to keep the façade looking fresh over time.

High-Design Hospitality and Dining

Perhaps the most enticing feature is the signature rooftop bar and garden terrace, sure to become the city’s hot spot with its soaring views of the Rocky Mountains, city skyline, and Civic Center Park.

Managed by Aparium Hotel Group, the hotel also includes a ground floor restaurant, coffee bar, and flexible meeting space.

Rendering provided courtesy of Studio Gang

Best known for creating structures that connect people with the natural environment, Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang were named one of Architectural Digest’s AD 100 for 2021.

Bound by 14th Street, Court Place, and Colfax Avenue, this gateway location sits at the intersection of the business, city and state government, and cultural centers of Denver.

In some rooms, the windows become a nook for relaxing or working in closer proximity to the outdoors.

RailSpur

RailSpur, in Seattle Washington

RailSpur Seattle

Defined by history. Designed for tomorrow.

Railspur - Seattle, Washington - Under Construction

After assembling three historic warehouse buildings in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, we began a two-year design and entitlement process to fully renovate the 130-year-old structures and develop the first micro-district in Seattle. We broke ground in 2020 on what is the largest LEED Platinum certified, NPS-approved historic preservation project in the country. This underscores our ability to revitalize an area with previously depressed land values without compromising the historic essence, environmental standards, or financial returns.

The second phase includes a dynamic residential project with highly efficient and fully furnished micro-apartments, ground floor retail, and bicycle amenities. The third will become a boutique hotel. It features a one-of-a-kind living wall stretching six stories, as well as a vibrant rooftop bar and restaurant with an expansive outdoor garden. Connected by intersecting alleys under a canopy of lights and art, this community galvanizing space will feature regular programming with concerts, farmers’ markets, retail events, pop-up beer gardens, and other activation efforts to drive people and vivacity to this distinctive urban piazza. 

Visit railspurseattle.com.

Square Feet

Gross: Over 200,000 SF of historic adaptive re-use    

Office: 100,000 SF/Retail + F & B: 25,000 SF

Multifamily Apartments

26 efficient units

Lifestyle Boutique Hotel

120 keys        

419 Occidental - Office & Retail

When we first became involved with 419 Occidental, its obsolete infrastructure had pushed this forgotten treasure to the end of its life cycle. Modern updates were imperative. After a lengthy community outreach process and a delicate negotiation between historic preservationists and environmental regulators, a transformative renovation design was unanimously approved.

Upon completion, 419 Occidental will be a Class A+ office building with active ground floor retail fronting all four sides. LEED Platinum certification, as well as Federal and State historic preservation tax credits, will accompany modern structural reinforcements and seismic code compliance.  The wrap-around rooftop garden will offer unobstructed views of Puget Sound, the stadium district, and Seattle’s skyline.

Square Feet

89,000

Stories

6

Project

Anticipated completion: Summer 2021

Rendering provided courtesy of Nephew

Rendering provided courtesy of Nephew

115 S. Jackson - Multifamily units

Ground floor retail blends seamlessly with 26 completely furnished multifamily units. Each ranges in size from 370 to 450 square feet, and incorporates loft space over a full kitchen. The efficient design and 16-foot ceilings make the apartments feel spacious, as do additional common areas, such as a signature roof deck, created exclusively for residents.

Square Feet

23,000

Stories

3 + basement with Bike Club

Project

Anticipated completion: Fall 2021

100 S. King - Boutique Hotel

The final phase includes a 120-key boutique hotel. It features multiple event spaces and a rooftop bar and restaurant with a wrap-around garden offering unparalleled views of the city’s skyline. All inward facing rooms will look onto the largest open-air green wall in the city.

This highly anticipated project will be the first of its kind in the Seattle market, infusing energy into the neighborhood stitched together by a network of activated passages.

Square Feet

67,000

Stories

8 above ground + basement

Project

Anticipated completion: Summer 2023

Rendering provided courtesy of Nephew

History

A historical image of the Seattle seafront and RailSpur site

A vintage overview highlights the RailSpur location. A new streetcar expansion project will  connect the historic district to Pike Place, and a cruise ship terminal is also planned along the waterfront.

a historical aerial photo of Pioneer Square
“The historic fabric of our cities and towns should be treasured. It tells us where we came from, giving us a sense of connection with the past. It adds architectural diversity to a community that cannot be replicated. And there is no more sustainable building practice than the adaptive reuse of historic buildings.” Tom McCargo President, Urban Villages
a historical photo of the RailSpur site

By creating a steel stair tower wrapped in glass outside one of the buildings, our design team paid homage to the original fire escapes that snaked up the building over a century ago.

Office - 419 Occidental

A vision for a common area at 419 Occidental.

an active railspur alleyway rendering

Entrances to the office building and many retailers will transform alleys into central passages.

an office rendering inside the RailSpur development

Another gathering place at 419 Occidental.

Residential - 115 Jackson

Shops and multifamily apartments open up to a convergence of alleyways. Year-round music, food, and art events will complement activities hosted by local retailers.

the Bike Club at RailSpur

The modern basement will house the Bike Club. This new concept will offer bike locker facilities for commuters, a weekly group ride, mechanics, and an artisan café run by a chef and sommelier.

a rendered look at the inside of a RailSpur residence

In these highly efficient loft spaces — from 370 to 450 SF — the bedroom floats over the kitchen.

Hotel - 100 S. King

A rendering of the ground floor of the 130-key boutique hotel, featuring an external stair tower on the right.

a hand drawn rendering of the RailSpur commonspace

The largest living green wall in the city will be six stories high, bringing nature to the interior of the hotel.

rooftop at RailSpur

The sky garden adjacent to the proposed penthouse study.