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28 Jan 2019

Denver's First Cross-Laminated Timber Structure

Denver's first cross-laminated timber structure is under construction at the corner of 15th and Platte in LoHi.  Known as Platte Fifteen, this impressive undertaking is exemplary of sustainable design at its best.  Crescent Real Estate, the developer, pushed the envelope in choosing to move forward with this innovative building technology, which exceeds LEED's focus on energy efficiency with its greater emphasis on sustainable, WELL Building design. 

The Platte Fifteen structure incorporates the ultimate in renewable building materials (wood) with reduced waste and improved energy efficiency, for a building that lowers its environmental impact and contributes to the health and comfort of its occupants.  And, all this in a classic modern design that includes a rooftop deck!

For those interested in following Platte Fifteen's progress, the best sources we've found are Denver Infill for ongoing updates on construction ( and the live video feed from the job site (  Image above courtesy of Ken Schroeppel at Denver Infill.

Our thanks go out to all involved in the Platte Fifteen project, for their part in making this awesome addition to our built environment:

Crescent Real Estate, Developer (

OZ Architecture, Designers (

Adolfson & Peterson, General Contractor (

Nordic Structures, Cross-Laminated Timbers (

Sansin Enviro Stain, Wood Finishes (


Sansin SDF is a superior penetrating finish for vertical surfaces, such as siding, decks, fences—and is also exceptionally well suited to glue-laminated and cross-laminated timbers.  SDF provides exceptional UV protection in a wide range of natural, semi-transparent and solid colors.  Thanks to its unique waterborne formulation and proprietary nano technology colorants, SDF provides lasting protection in just one coat, enhancing the natural beauty of wood.