Meet our 2020 Downtown Denver Award Winners
The Downtown Denver Partnership presented six awards to transformational projects in Downtown Denver that contribute to an economically healthy, growing, and vital center city at the Downtown Denver Awards, sponsored by Polsinelli.
The honorees, selected by a jury of key business leaders convened by the Downtown Denver Partnership, are businesses, projects, and initiatives that had the most significant economic ane community impact on the center city in 2020. The winners were showcased at an event on April 18 attended by nearly 1,000 business and civic leaders with videos produced by Comcast and Westworks Studios.
The 2020 Downtown Denver Award Winners are:
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel | Video
The newly renovated Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel represents an inspiring $80MM investment in Downtown Denver. Located on the 16th St. Mall, downtown’s largest hotel embodies a collective spirit of creativity and collaboration. With an impressive lobby metamorphosis, over 133k sq.ft. in meeting space, new culinary offerings, and over 1,200 newly designed guest rooms, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel offers a compelling attraction to recruit new activity to Upper Downtown.
VF Corporation | Video
A Fortune 250 company and global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, VF Corporation’s move to Downtown Denver in 2020 marked a milestone for our center city. VF Corporation and The VF Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, have made significant contributions to the Downtown Denver community to advance their vision of creating a more equitable and sustainable world.
Buell Public Media Center | Video
A first of its kind in Denver, Buell Public Media Center provides an innovative hub for public-facing media services. Located in the growing Arapahoe Square neighborhood, this $34MM development supports the creation of a city where everyone is seen and heard while forging a new journalism paradigm focused on community-centered storytelling.
Platte Fifteen | Video
Platte Fifteen made its mark on Downtown Denver as the first-to-market commercial project to utilize cross-laminated timber (CLT) in a 5-story building, blending a traditional brick facade with modern glass on the corner of 15th and Platte. The mixed-use space combines commercial offices with ground floor retail, housing brands like Fjallraven and Athleta, all while maintaining the historic aesthetic of Platte Street.
COVIDCheck Colorado | Video
COVIDCheck Colorado is a social benefit enterprise started in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by Gary Community Ventures, an organization dedicated to increasing opportunity for low-income kids and families in Colorado. Through free, fast, and reliable testing and vaccination services, COVIDCheck Colorado administered the most proactive and equitable response to COVID-19 in the state.
Denver Dream Center | Video
Denver Dream Center demonstrated profound generosity with a number of impactful programs aimed at providing resources and support to Denver citizens during the pandemic. On April 11, 2020, the Denver Dream Center started delivering thousands of Hope Boxes filled with water, personal hygiene items, food, and resources door-to-door. During their Food Friday program at Ball Arena, staff and volunteers handed out over 200,000 pounds of food every week.
“The Downtown Denver Partnership is proud to present each of these projects with a Downtown Denver Award,” said Tami Door, President and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. “The Downtown Denver Awards have always been about impact and transformation and these catalytic projects and organizations demonstrated exactly that in 2020.”
In addition to the six Downtown Denver Awards, the Partnership recognized the following finalists Larimer Square, Feed the Frontlines, and Redline Contemporary Art Center.
To learn more about the Downtown Denver Awards, click here.