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Schnitzer West Acquires Site in Boulder’s Flourishing Flatiron Business Area to Develop Research and Development Campus
Schnitzer West, one of the Seattle and
Denver area’s leading real estate investment, development and property management companies, announced the purchase of a parcel of land located at 5675 Arapahoe Ave. In partnership with Brue Baukol Capital Partners, an entrepreneurial real estate investment firm, Schnitzer West purchased the Boulder property with plans to develop a two-building research and development campus.
The 9.5-acre site will offer two three-story buildings with 216,000 square feet of office space, including 515 below-grade parking stalls, bike parking and maintenance facility, a wellness building with private locker rooms and showers, and indoor and outdoor fitness areas.
Schnitzer West is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the buildings, featuring outdoor terraces, floor-to-ceiling glazing and façade materials for an enhanced design and user experience. The campus will also house a two-acre outdoor amenity park emphasizing an existing pond
and landscaping. Groundbreaking for the campus is scheduled to take place in Q4 2024.
While Schnitzer West has a development pipeline of more than 1.6 million square feet in the Denver metro
area, the acquisition of the Boulder site marks Schnitzer West’s first investment in the City.
Named after the Flatirons, a series of distinctive rock formations that tower over the nearby foothills and are popular destinations for hiking and climbing enthusiasts, the Flatiron business area offers a unique blend of high-tech innovation and outdoor recreation. The site
is situated in East Boulder, where business tenants have the opportunity to expand their footprint and provide a private campus environment for their employees
to enjoy. It is easily accessible from major highways, increasing flexibility for commuter tenants.
Schnitzer West is committed to collaborating with Boulder’s planning department to ensure the project meets the needs and wants of the community while optimizing the local infrastructure.
  Project Updates
 City of Aurora Southeast Area Maintenance (SEAM) Facility
This campus will be home to more than 400 City of Aurora employees and serves as the operational hub for many of Aurora’s maintenance and operations crews. The 88-acre campus is comprised of four buildings supporting Aurora Water, Aurora Fleet and Fueling,
and Aurora’s Southeast Maintenance divisions. The project will include administrative functions as well as operations and maintenance space including warehouse space, vehicle bays, welding/fabrication workshops, fueling station, and a water quality lab.
In Phase One, 44 acres were developed including over 1.5 miles of private roadway plus and an additional 1,000 linear feet of county-road lane expansions, totaling 9,000 linear feet of total paved roads. This development also included over five miles of utility access (gravel) road.
The linear feet of pipe off-site utilities consisted of 6.1 miles of sanitary sewer running through 14 different property owners, making this property location functional.
Iron Woman is providing construction services as a subcontractor to Saunders Construction.
Administration building - rendering courtesy of Eidos Architects
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