Location: Zuni Street, between 14th Street and Lower Colfax Avenue
The first phase of STEAM, the 100-year-old 1401 Zuni Warehouse was once a rag baling facility that now features creative office for tech companies, social enterprises, and other innovative businesses. Beginning in the 1940’s, discards from Goodwill and other thrift stores were recycled using three different rag baling machines which were sent by train to the coast and shipped to Europe, South America and Africa for reuse. The three-story rag baler is now encircled by a custom glulam wood staircase which connects tenants to community areas within the building.
Project Type: Adaptive re-use of a three story, 65,000 square foot 100-year-old rag baling facility into creative office space.
Project Team: Co-developed by Urban Ventures, LLC and White Construction Group.
Commercial Square Footage: 65,000 square feet
Completion Date: 2017
Architects: Tres Birds Workshop and Wenk Design
Tenants: Nimbl, Bold Beans, Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative/ Davis Wince, Lyft, MedCad, Lucky Leo, Turner Construction, FiveTran, Shyft, Photobucket.
Unique characteristics: Neglected for decades following the 1965 flood, the site was once a lively continuum of the Colfax Corridor. At its height, the rag baling business processed 1 million pounds of material per month. Manufacturing continued at the property until the site was abandoned more than 30 years ago. The warehouse’s bones consist of three-wide brick walls, timber framed post beam decking and original wood flooring which was installed vertically for weight bearing. Existing skylight structures now feature custom domes that pull in light while maintaining early 1900s industrial aesthetic. The main entrance draws visitors through the original Nock and Garside Industrial elevator with recessed doors. The 1401 Zuni Warehouse was designed to promote open energy and access to amenities while simultaneously providing tenant privacy.
Project Manager, Urban Ventures, LLC