OZ tapped for RiNo’s DriveTrain

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OZ Architecture hired for Drive Train in RiNo.

OZ was chosen by Brooke Gordon.

OZ is headquartered in RiNo, 3 minutes from DriveTrain.

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An early rendering of the mixed-use DriveTrain in RiNo. Source: OZ Architecture.

RiNo developers Brooke and Tom Gordon didn’t have to go far to find the master plan architect for a portion of their mixed-use development planned in the heart of the popular neighborhood.

They hired OZ Architecture for their 3-acre site along Brighton Boulevard called DriveTrain, which would be anchored by an envisioned 9-story hotel/condo tower.

“Oz, of course, is in RiNo,” no more than three-minutes from their site, which also is bordered by the Platte River and Arkin Court, said Tom Gordon.

“And, of course, they’ve designed a number of buildings in RiNo, which we can touch and feel,” he added.

But the main reason they hired OZ, without even interviewing other architectural firms, as they came highly recommended and that his wife hit it off with their designers.

OZ was highly recommended by Sprocket Design Build, which will build their $1 million-plus townhomes planned for another portion of the site, along the Platte River. Milender White, their general contractor, also couldn’t say enough good things about OZ, he said.

“But really hiring OZ was Brooke’s decision,” Tom Gordon said. “After spending time with them, she thought they were really good listeners and shared our vision.

“Brooke didn’t see any reason to interview other firms,” he said, after spending time with OZ.

“OZ is the right partner for DriveTrain because it has been involved in the architecture and design of more than 15 current and future projects in RiNo, contributing to the transformation of a once purely industrial part of Denver into a new hub for those seeking a collaborative, artistic and innovative community, which is exactly what we’re striving for with DriveTrain,” Brooke Gordon said.

Her husband said he knows other firms would be eager to compete for the work.

“We get unsolicited calls from architects, engineers and general contractors all of the time,” he said.

As currently envisioned, the tallest building on the site would be nine stories along Brighton Boulevard. It probably would have around 120 hotel rooms in six stories and three stories of condos. But Gordon cautioned those numbers aren’t written in stone, as they haven’t even talked to any potential hotel developers/owners for the tower.

Zoning would allow up to a 12-story on that parcel. But Gordon said they don’t plan to build to the maximum height.

“As far as we are concerned, nine stories in the maximum,” Gordon said. “For one thing, it is on Brighton Boulevard, and for most of the day, sunlight won’t be blocked on our interior plaza with a nine-story building.”

In addition to the plaza and hotel, the site also would include market-rate condos, less expensive live-work condo/studio space for artists and space for retail and restaurants. It also could include incubator workspaces for young creative companies for artists, chefs and designers.

Across 33rd Street, which bisects the site, they plan the River Row Homes at DriveTrain, tow homes priced at $1 million or more.

“DriveTrain is much more than a building; it will be a new destination in RiNo,” said Rebecca Stone, managing principal at OZ Architecture and lead architect on the project

“It is going to have a very specific energy and distinct sense of place that will appeal to people of all backgrounds, interests and ages,” Stone continued.

“I see it becoming a catalyst in the ongoing transformation of RiNo into one of the coolest, most interesting places in Denver,” she added

Parking will be underground and open to the public.

The site also is close to the future 38th & Blake light rail station.

“We want to create a real place along the river and Brighton Boulevard,” Tom Gordon said.

“The plan on which we’ve partnered with OZ Architecture will attract a diverse class of creative and visionary people and businesses – those seeking fresh ground to make art, launch businesses and develop new ideas,” he continued.

“Ultimately, we hope DriveTrain is known for its quirky, collaborative, and far-from-corporate vibe.” he said.

Construction should begin in early 2017. It is expected to be completed in 2018.

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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 GlobeSt.com, covering commercial real estate for the Internet publication.

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