Denver Union Station | North and South Wing Buildings

  • $37.4M
  • 305,000GSF
  • in association
  • 2014

Historic Denver Union Station is a treasured icon that anchors the northwest end of Denver’s major downtown commercial corridor, 17th Street. The historic structure is the centerpiece of a re-development of the city’s transportation hub. Flanking each side of this historic landmark are two new wing buildings that provide a contemporary foil to reinforce the importance of their celebrated neighbor. At the same time, these new wing buildings frame Wynkoop Plaza that is the city’s newest and grandest outdoor room.

The massing, materials and articulation of the new buildings were developed to reinforce the primacy of the historic station, which is the civic anchor at the heart of Denver’s Lower Downtown historic district. Lower Downtown streets are lined with red brick warehouses that contrast the gray terra cotta and cleft rhyolite of the historic station. At the same time, new development north of the historic station is strikingly modern. The wing buildings mediate between these contexts with a contemporary expression that captures aspects of neighboring buildings. The basic form of each of the new wing buildings is a simple glass box with an articulated masonry coat. Glass facades on the plaza sides softly reflect the historic station and the new train hall while the hue and articulation of the brick masonry reinforce Union Station as a unique precinct within the broader urban fabric.

Ground floor retail spaces animate the civic realm with active uses that spill out into the plaza. Similarly, lobbies for the upper level office spaces open to the plaza and contribute the energy of their commercial activity.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

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About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA