Wazee Exchange Lobby Remodel
Owner MAV Development was very impressed with the leasing success that resulted from Keeney Design's previous remodel design for the lobby and common areas of one of their other properties in Denver, the Blake Street Terrace office building at 1860 Blake Street. The owner tapped Keeney Design again when it came time to do a total building renovation for the Wazee Exchange building in Denver. This remodel project was selected by Historic Denver Inc. to receive the 2009 Community Preservation Award, which was presented at their annual awards ceremony, presided over by then Mayor John Hickenlooper.
The design integrates the original 1871-vintage wood columns, metal hardware and brick with contemporary amenities and ADA compliance necessary for class-A office buildings. Colors and materials within the project create a fresh new look, including a mobile/sculpture, that take their cue from the original structure. Owner goals included creating a welcoming entry lobby, lots of natural light, addition of showers and changing rooms to encourage bike-to-work and exercise opportunities, and upgraded materials and lighting throughout the project.