Fall 2015 Studio Creates Development Plan for City of Lakewood for 59-Acre Site

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February 3, 2016

Denver, CO –  Students in Krista Trofka’s Fall 2015 studio course worked with the City of Lakewood to prepare a development plan for a 59-acre site located at the southeast Corner of 6th Avenue and Union Boulevard. The City of Lakewood was under contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) to acquire the property, which is immediately adjacent to RTD’s Federal Center Station along the “W” Line.

The project focused on developing a plan that aligned with both community and city planning goals, as well as market feasibility. The plan was prepared for the development community from the perspective of the City of Lakewood. It aimed to demonstrate the site potential to accomplish both planning objectives and profitability, with the end goal of being executable in the current market place. The student-developed plans articulated the steps that the City of Lakewood can take to begin and sustain implementation of the vision.

Interspersed throughout the studio were lectures, guest visits, and other content intended to familiarize students with the principles of site design, programming, financial feasibility, stakeholder engagement, and entitlement approvals and risk. In order to accomplish this, students interacted with developers, architects, planners and engineers. Some of the firms that engaged with students over the course of the semester include: JLL, MIG, RNL, Farnsworth Group, The Opus Group, Forest City, Koelbel and Company, Prime West, McWhinney, Fulenwider, and others.  At the end of the semester, the students presented their plans to the City of Lakewood and the development community.