FREIGHT’s design lauded


Kyle Zeppelin stands in front of the award-winning FREIGHT building.

The American Institute of Architects has given four design awards to  Zeppelin Development’s FREIGHT office building, designed by architect Stephen Dynia.

Not only has FREIGHT been lauded for its design, but the building in Zeppelin’s TAXI mixed-use development in north Denver, has been a commercial success. It was fully lease prior to its completion earlier this year.

FREIGHT, Zeppelin Development and Dynia received an “Award of Design Merit” from AIA Western Mountain Region and an “Award of Excellence” from the AIA Wyoming chapter, as well as similar awards from the Denver and Colorado chapters of the AIA.

“A key contributor to FREIGHT’s overall success is its architectural significance and functional design,” said Kyle Zeppelin,  who with his father, Mickey, had the vision for the FREIGHT building and Zeppelin Development’s entire 20-acre TAXI mixed-use campus.  “Together with Stephen Dynia Architects, we transformed a derelict, mid-20th century freight terminal into a modern workplace designed to lure ‘new economy’ businesses to an industrial zone in downtown Denver.  FREIGHT is located between the South Platte River and railroad lines, and helps to define the forward-thinking TAXI campus, which includes new and renovated structures that look to create a new workplace that uses architecture to foster interaction and create a culture of innovation.”

FREIGHT preserves the skeleton of the trucking terminal, with deep overhangs and garage bay openings, while inserting new elements to contrast the old.

Original paint and markings remain intact with new glass overhead doors that allow offices to open to the outdoor landscape.  An internal skylit “street” and sculptural plywood ribbon wall – punctuated with luminous entries – provides internal circulation.  The main entrance slices through the building, axially connecting the entry experience to the larger site and the urban skyline beyond.

Tenants enjoy the gritty charm of FREIGHT.

Tenant spaces were arranged from a kit of industrial components and materials including reused glass panels for the Pepsi Center (home of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche) as internal partitions, salvaged bowling alley floors for benches, tables and counters, and industrial shelves in a variety of configurations to conform to a marketwise budget.

Just last year, Zeppelin Development announced that $6 million in funding had been secured for the renovation of a 30,000 square foot, mid-century trucking terminal building.  Today, not only is the renovation complete, but the terminal – named FREIGHT, in honor of its history – is fully leased to 13 businesses sharing in the vision of the TAXI mixed-use campus.

“Over the last 10 years, TAXI has established itself as uniquely suited to the needs of new economy entrepreneurs—smaller creative and technology firms,” Kyle Zeppelin said.  “We are providing companies with an amenity-rich work environment that promotes innovation and flexibility, in a campus-like setting from a great downtown location.  While other office buildings scramble to retrofit, TAXI already has features in place that add value to creative and technology firms: award winning design, sustainable features and common areas that promote collaboration.”

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John Rebchook

John Rebchook has more than 30 years of experience in writing and communications. As the Real Estate Editor for the Rocky Mountain News, he wrote about residential and commercial real estate for 26 years. He has won numerous awards for business stories and columns that he wrote, both as an individual and part of teams. In addition to real estate, he also covered economic development, banking and financing, the airlines, and cable TV for the Rocky. In addition, he was one of the original freelance writers for, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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