The World Of Hospitality Issue 12 2015 - Page 116

116 the World Of Hospitality The Crawford Hotel The Crawford Hotel – Denver Union Station Tryba Architects T he redevelopment of Denver’s historic Union Station was driven by the vision of bringing 24-hour vitality to this historic building and the surrounding LoDo neighbourhood. As the centerpiece of the region’s $480 million the Denver Regional Transit District’s FasTraks system, Denver Union Station’s Great Hall – which features soaring 65-foot ceilings – was reconceived to serve as the city’s living room. In addition to its role as a hub for transit users and travelers, the Beaux Arts Great Hall also serves as the lobby for the 112-room boutique Crawford Hotel, as well as a retail showcase focused on Colorado food, drink and entertainment. The building’s design plan included penthouse suites, numerous restaurants, and distinctive, destination retail. In addition to constructing a new hotel inside the existing historic structure, the Design Team rehabilitated, restored and revitalized the exterior Architect: Tryba Architects this iconic Denver Landmark with extreme care and sensitivity to the original materials and design. Completed in July 2014, the historic building is once again alive with visitors, merchants and an eclectic mix of 13 restaurants and unique shops. Union Station Transit Center offers a new 22-gate underground bus concourse, light rail, Amtrak, Free MallRide and Free MetroRide all under one roof. In 2016, a commuter rail line will launch between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, Denver Union Station expects to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Tryba Architects was the architect-of-record and the design architect and JG Johnson Architects the consulting architect for the project. Community Connectivity: Historic Status: Union Station is a renovated project in the heart of downtown Denver. What used to be an abandoned rail yard is now a bustling urban environment with new businesses, buildings and transportation options. Before construction could begin the design team had to compile a lengthy submittal to both the National Parks Service and the local Landmarks Commission. The submittal described what the design intent was for every historic element throughout the building. The submittal went through numerous reviews from both parties before they approved the design. The two parties continued to review the project for compliance throughout the construction process. Floor Plan Transportation Access: Union Station services a larger redevelopment that includes a complete transit experience. The Website: Photographs: Courtesy of Tryba Architects