Great West Financial Breaks Ground on New Plaza
Great West Financial – located in the landmark triple towers in the Denver Tech Center – is breaking ground on a plaza renovation. The old drive aisle and plaza, with over 30 years of wear and tear, was showing its age. Wenk Associates developed a new plan with a strong pedestrian focus and plenty of social spaces for small and large gatherings. Sustainability being a priority, many materials from the old plaza, including custom granite slabs from an existing fountain and sandstone pavers, will be reused in new ways. A colorful xeric demonstration garden will greet employees and visitors at the front entry.
Vision for The River Mile – Redevelopment around Denver’s Elitch Gardens
Wenk Associates are proud to be the landscape architects working with an incredible team of engineers and designers (Calibre Engineering, Dialog Design + Architects, and Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects) on the long-term vision for Revesco Properties’ Elitch Gardens redevelopment.
Discovery Playground at Sand Creek Park Opens!
In keeping with master plan goals to preserve the natural setting at Sand Creek Park as much as possible, the new Discovery Playground was designed to fit within the natural character of the open space, integrating natural drainage elements, landform, and native vegetation into a playful discovery area that mimics the mature cottonwood forest.
See press release.
Wenk Associates had the great fun and pleasure of supporting a neighborhood created mural June 24th and 25th, as part of an ongoing community engagement process to discuss and share ideas about the 303 ArtWay. The mural was designed and created by the neighborhood of North East Park Hill and the Park Hill community at large. Located at 33rd Ave. East and Holly in Denver the mural captures the imagination and sentiment of this wonderful neighborhood.
On June 24th Wenk Associates community engagement consultant, Laura Curry, facilitated a fence weaving event with the scholars at Roots Elementary School in North East Park Hill. This event is part of the ongoing community engagement events, which focus on art making, as a way for the North East Park Hill Neighborhood to discuss the 303 ArtWay and to share ideas. The super creative scholars dressed up the fence with originality, creativity, and collaboration!
Tivoli Quad receives Downtown Denver Award!
Principals Bill Wenk and Greg Dorolek, and Senior Associate J.C. Culwell, along with our teaming partner Anderson Mason Dale Architects, builders Pinkard Construction and Martin/Martin, Inc. Consulting Engineers, and nearly 1,000 other business and civic leaders joined the Downtown Denver Partnership to recognize the six transformational projects that have had the most significant impact on the center city in 2016.
The Auraria Tivoli Quadrangle helps fulfill one of the 2007 Downtown Area Plan’s seven transformative projects by strengthening physical, social, economic and programmatic connections with the Auraria Campus, one of Downtown’s largest and most diverse economic engines. The Auraria Foundation Board of Directors secured $3.3 million in funding for the project, and in 2015, the Student Advisory Committee to the Auraria Board led a tri-institutional, student driven initiative to assess a $5 dollar fee on students each semester to fund the completion of the project. The resulting extension of Larimer Street creates new green space to support an exciting array of events, festivals and social gatherings that can accommodate up to 11,000 visitors.
Here is a project video that was produced by DDP for the Awards Dinner.
Congratulations to Denver Arts & Venues PSYAH Team Concerned Citizens of Barnum!
In April 2014 and inspired by Denver’s new cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH), a citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that cultivates collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces. PSYAH funds help support creative, short-term physical improvement projects that aim to transform our underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.
This year PSYAH provided $71,500 in funding to nine teams. Wenk Associates is proud to announce that one of the team recipients, the Concerned Citizens of Barnum, includes our own Megan Jones Shiotani. Megan, in collaboration with Ana, Jesus and Lirio Reyes of Dulceria La Gota de Miel (Piñata artists) and Tracy Weil (of RiNo/Weilworks), proposed to create a "piñata parade" in West Denver's Barnum neighborhood. The concept derives from Barnum circus history to celebrate the neighborhood which has more kids per household than any other metro neighborhood and is one of the most diverse communities in the Front Range. The team will work with 2nd graders to design papel picados and 3rd graders to design piñatas and coordinate with Denver Public Works to install the parade decorations within the right-of-way along the neighborhood's 1st Avenue corridor throughout the summer. Mark your calendar to check it out!
Taxi II Redevelopment project is chosen for the LAF 2017 Case Study Investigation Program
The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) selects projects each year for its Case Study Investigation (CSI) Program which is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty/student research teams with design firms to measure and document the benefits of high-performing landscapes.
CSI Research Fellows lead the teams and work with firm liaisons to identify and develop methods to quantify environmental, economic, and social benefits. The teams conduct research and document the projects through images and narrative that includes background information, descriptions of sustainable features, and lessons learned. The resulting Case Study Briefs are published in LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series database of over 100 projects.
The Taxi II Redevelopment project, by Zeppelin Development group, established a new frontier for urban living and working in an aging industrial district in central Denver. This project advances new ideas in site design, blurring the distinction between parking, streets and pedestrian spaces to create flexible urban spaces adoptable to a variety of uses. The project's surface stormwater system defines and sustains a landscape framework of native plants that celebrates qualities of the high plains environment. City of Denver Public Works and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District have been frequent visitors to TAXI, to monitor the effectiveness of our stormwater system, which is key to the success, beauty and maintenance of our landscape design.
The CSI Research Fellow leading the Taxi II Case Study is Hong Wu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University.
2017 CSI Projects List
Denver's River North Promenade in the news!
Wenk Associates and the City and County of Denver Department of Parks & Recreation held their second public meeting for the River North Promenade, a project that includes the repurposing of an existing local street as a mile-long river edge pedestrian promenade near downtown Denver. Plan concepts prompted write ups from a couple Denver bloggers, StreetsBlogDenver and Denverite, and an interest piece on Channel 7 News!
Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation Master Plan wraps up!
Wenk Associates recently wrapped up an 15-month long collaboration with the Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation Authority and the Parker Water & Sanitation District to develop the reservoir's recreation master plan that establishes a long-term vision, guided by valuable input from nearly 4,000 survey responses from residents all over Douglas County and the Denver metro area, for the 1170-acre reservoir. The final plan includes 17 miles of soft surface trails, kayak, paddleboard and canoe access, fishing and incline challenge staircase. Here is a write up about the project from the Denver Post.
Great memories were made during our twelve years on Elati Street, but on April Fool’s Day, Wenk Associates moved to a new location in the RiNo Arts District. Goodbye Elati, we will miss you, but we are super excited about our new digs!
Come by and see us! 1130 31st Street, Suite 101, Denver 80205
Wenk Associates TEDxMileHigh Adventure
Check out TEDxMileHigh Adventures’ blog to read about the Adventure Wenk Associates hosted along with City and County of Denver Parks & Recreation and Trust for Public Land at Great Divide Brewery in RiNo!
Wenk Associates "a-park-ment living" on Platte Street
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
Thank you to Drew Button and Megan Shiotani (and Mousse!) for all the hard work you put in to the Wenk Associates Park(ing) Day installation. And thank you to Alameda Wholesale Nursery for the plant donations.
International Symposium on Urban Stormwater Management and Landscape Hydrology | Beijing
Bill Wenk, President of Wenk Associates, was invited to participate in an International Symposium on Urban Stormwater Management and Landscape Hydrology in Beijing this May, sponsored by Tsinghua University. The symposium focused on enhancing the communication and collaboration among multiple professions on urban stormwater management, as part of addressing major flooding issues in China's rapidly expanding cities.
Ted Wall, PE, Oregon Operations Director/Principal Engineer, who participated with Bill in judging student projects, published a blog about the experience.