Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Architects (HOK)
27871 m² (300,000 ft²) of rentable commercial and retail area, plus 4 levels of underground parking garage
Building Envelope Consultant
When Denver’s 1601 Wewatta Street reaches completion in 2015, this LEED®-aspirant ten-storey office tower will play a large part in its neighborhood’s enhancement. It’s located in Denver’s Commons area, just west of the 125-year-old Union Station, which is undergoing significant redevelopment. Once that’s complete in 2014, more than 100,000 commuters will descend on the Commons each day.
Visitors will easily recognize the elegance of 1601 Wewatta, as it will be in aluminum and glass curtain wall and elegant stone cladding. Projecting glass parapets, horizontal sunshades and unique cladding segmentation will visually tie the tower’s cladding to the ground floor streetscape.
Challenge: The building has aggressive goals for energy performance coupled with a unique, complex and attractive design. As is often the case, design elements such canopies, terraces and unique cladding elements can create challenging lines, parameters and shapes that are not conducive to good building envelope performance and complicate continuity of the building envelope in terms of air, vapour, heat and water.
Solution: We are working with the architects to maintain the desired aesthetic appearance while boosting overall performance of the building envelope “behind the scenes,” in the materials, systems and assemblies used in the exterior walls and roof areas.