Swinerton Builders Breaks Ground for Country Club Towers II

Swinerton Builders, Broe Real Estate Group, an affiliate of The Broe Group, and SCB Architects broke ground today on a residential apartment building project that will employ up to 1,000 construction workers and provide high-quality housing with innovative design in a supply-constrained market. Denver’s newest landmark apartment building, the twin 31-story Country Club Towers II, will be located in the West Wash Park neighborhood near the intersection of South Downing Street and East Bayaud Avenue. The first units will be available to renters in mid-2017.

The groundbreaking ceremony featured Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Councilman Chris Nevitt, Sean Broe representing The Broe Group, Doug Wells and Carl Luppens of  Broe Real Estate Group, Gary Rafferty of Swinerton Builders and Michael Gifford of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado. The speakers praised the project and the job training that is to be provided by Swinerton and Associated General Contractors of Colorado.

“The construction industry continues to face a shortage of skilled workforce members, and we are delighted that the Country Club Towers II project will foster training and development for the future workforce and benefit the local economy, said Swinerton Builders President Gary Rafferty. “This project is being built by some of the best, most experienced specialty subcontractors in the state of Colorado. Through hands-on and classroom training, this project will educate novice workers to produce the next plumber, pipe fitter, sheet metal fabricator, electrician and other skilled workers.”

In addition to developing the abilities of the labor workforce, Swinerton will employ college student interns which will help prepare future construction professionals for the rigors of managing complex commercial construction projects.

Country Club Towers II will offer 552 environmentally friendly apartments and 1,005 structured parking spaces which doubles zoning requirements. Each apartment will have floor-to-ceiling, energy-efficient bay windows, granite surfaces, stainless steel appliances and in-unit washers/dryers. Amenities include a lap pool with 26,000-square-foot deck, fitness center, yoga rooms, dog washing area, bike repair station, multiple outdoor patios and indoor common kitchen and clubhouse. Additionally, six existing apartments in the Country Club Gardens and Towers are being renovated as part of this project.

“The Broe family and The Broe Real Estate Group are making a significant investment to develop Country Club Towers II, and are showing our long-term commitment to Denver by offering residents high-quality homes in an attractive urban setting,” said Sean Broe. “The development, which will include ample parking and plenty of green space, is a striking enhancement to the existing property and the highly desirable Denver community of West Wash Park. People want to live near downtown Denver, and we are pleased to be able to provide state-of-the-art, energy-efficient residences that are close to where they work and play.”

Considerable infrastructure work supporting this project and benefitting the local community includes replacement of 100-year-old water lines to residences along Downing and Ogden streets.  In addition, plans call for installation of a signal at Downing and Bayaud streets to address existing traffic challenges. Also, several acres of the development have been left in a park-like open space condition to ensure the property retains its existing character.  The first units will be available to renters in July of 2017.

The architect for Country Club Towers II is Solomon Cordwell Buenz of Chicago. Led by the general contractor Swinerton Builders, the balance of the team is locally based as well, and includes RK Mechanical, Weifield Group, S.A. Miro, Kimley Horn and StudioInsite.

The project was approved by the Denver City Council more than 12 years ago and is consistent with zoning that has been in place for more than 50 years. Broe Real Estate Group is working with the Landmark Preservation Commission and other partners and stakeholders to ensure the best possible project for the city, the neighborhood and residents.            

About Broe Real Estate Group
The Broe Group is a privately held investment company founded in 1972 and headquartered in Denver.  Broe is primarily engaged in the ownership and operation of commercial and multifamily real estate, energy and energy related companies, and railroad and transportation companies.  Broe Real Estate Group, an affiliate of The Broe Group, has owned many types of commercial real estate and offers property management, leasing, asset management, development and consulting capabilities.  Broe Real Estate Group has an extensive history with the land surrounding Country Club Towers II.  Broe developed the adjacent Country Club Towers I in the mid?1980s which has been a hugely successful project and continues to be a Class “A” well performing asset nearly 30 years later. Country Club Gardens is a 187?unit apartment complex constructed in 1940. The Broe Group purchased the property in 1983. Additional information is available at www.broerealestate.com.

About SCB
Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is recognized as one of the nation’s leading designers of high-rise residential buildings, bringing a balanced understanding of high-level design, technical innovation, sustainability and strict adherence to project budgets. Over the years we have completed design and construction of more 105 high-rise multifamily residences, have won many of the industry’s highest honors, and pioneer LEED design in the United States. Since its founding, SCB has been at the forefront of high-density, multifamily apartment design. 

About Swinerton Builders
Swinerton Builders has been providing general contracting, construction management and tenant improvement services in Colorado since 1942. Organized in 1888, Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is a 100 percent employee-owned company.  Recognized as a Top 100 Workplace of 2015 by The Denver Post, Swinerton is devoted to Colorado with a passion for delivering the highest quality product through innovation, integrity, and experience. For more information on Swinerton, visit the company’s blog at www.swinerton.com/blog/colorado, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.