May 31, 2016
DENVER–OZ Architecture, an award-winning, national architecture and design firm, was selected by developers Tom and Brooke Gordon to lead the design and architecture for DriveTrain, a transformative new mixed-use development that will cover three acres along Brighton Boulevard in RiNo. The diverse and innovative development will be the first of its kind in the area, as it will include a variety of pedestrian-friendly, interconnected residential, retail and restaurant options, incubator spaces, and a 120-room boutique hotel, all within easy reach of the future 38th/Blake Station light rail stop and along the South Platte river where the new improvements are planned.
DriveTrain's overall design is being envisioned by OZ Architecture, which was one of the first large companies to move its corporate offices to RiNo in 2011 and has since become a pioneer in the revitalization of the neighborhood.
"OZ is the right partner for Drive Train 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," said Brooke Gordon.
DriveTrain's residential options will include condominiums ranging from penthouses to micro units, as well as affordable rental housing options, which are designed as artist units that offer studio space on the ground floor and residences above. The artists units help ensure a stimulating and eclectic group of individuals is welcomed across a variety of income levels, and that RiNo's current mix of hip residents continues to inhabit the neighborhood. In addition to retail and restaurant spaces, DriveTrain will also include select incubator workspaces for young creative companies, artists, chefs, design and other innovators seeking collaborative locations.
"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. I see it becoming a catalyst in the ongoing transformation of RiNo into one of the coolest, most interesting places in Denver."
Underground parking is included in DriveTrain's plan and will be open to the public, offering easy access for all to the South Platte river walk and future park, currently being built by the city along the river's edge.
"We want to create a real place along the river and Brighton Blvd.," 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. Ultimately, we hope DriveTrain is known for its quirky, collaborative, and far-from-corporate vibe."
Groundbreaking is expected to take place in early 2017, with completion slated for late 2018. The developers have identified Milender White as the general contractor for the building.