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National Law Firm Signs Lease at Block 162

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Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, a national law firm with more than 400 attorneys and legal professionals across 19 offices, has signed an office lease at Block 162. The law firm, with a Denver team of approximately 40 employees, will occupy 15,095 square feet on level 20 of the building, beginning Q2 2022.

Located at 675 15th Street, between Welton and California Streets in downtown’s Central Business District, Block 162 is a 30-story, 596,295-square-foot, Class A speculative office building that is certified LEED Gold Core and Shell, developed by a joint venture comprised of Patrinely Group and USAA Real Estate.

“We are proud to announce this office lease in Block 162 with Michael Best,” said Robert Fields, president, and CEO of Patrinely Group. “It’s increasingly evident that Block 162 meets the needs of today’s office users with its amenity-rich environment and state-of-the-art design that sets it apart from other buildings in the region. We are long-time believers in the fundamentals of the Denver market and we look forward to attracting more top-tier tenants that prioritize quality, safety, and flexibility in their office space.”

“This lease with Michael Best reinforces the attractiveness of Block 162 and our strategy to position it as the region’s premier office building,” said Patrinely Group’s Rocky Mountain Region Vice President David Haltom. “We have honed in on every little detail of the building, from best-in-class HVAC, flexible, column-free floor plates for optimal customization, and first-class indoor/outdoor amenities, to create cutting-edge office space in a sustainable, energy-efficient, and well-ventilated building with easy access to light and air to take advantage of Denver’s great climate. In addition, we are extremely validated by the excitement we have continued to see from the Michael Best team and other potential tenants for our indoor/outdoor Sky Terrace amenities –which we believe set a new standard for office amenities in Denver.”

Michael Best selected Block 162 because of the advantages the space offers to attract and retain top talent, elevate the service it provides to clients and the community, and allow the company to lead the way for a new type of office environment.

Block 162 includes 20 floors of office space on Levels 11–30. The façade comprises an all-glass curtain wall system, offering views of the Front Range from every office floor through 10-foot, clear windows. The average floor plate size is29,300 rentable square feet, designed to feature zero interior columns within the office floorplates.

The building includes more than 9,000 rentable square feet of ground-floor retail in three retail lease spaces. The project offers parking at a ratio of 1.7 cars per 1,000 rentable square feet, with parking spaces located within three underground parking levels and a 10-floor, above-grade podium garage.

Block 162 was completed in Q2 2021, and the building is available for tenants immediately. The office tower features an 11th-floor amenity area dedicated exclusively to the building’s tenants, with a fitness center, social lounge, and conference and meeting space. This interior amenity space provides direct access through over 110 linear feet of operable glass walls to the building’s outdoor sky terrace, which has a manicured outdoor roof garden and includes a dedicated exercise lawn, as well as seating areas, an outdoor conference table, and two outdoor fire pits. The fitness center features expansive operable glass walls that open onto the exercise lawn, along with an indoor section complete with stretching areas, cardio stations, free weights, and men’s and women’s locker rooms with private showers. The indoor social lounge also features expansive operable glass walls that open to the outside roof garden, offering casual seating, fire pits, and views of downtown, and it is connected to 2,800 square feet of conference and meeting space, AV-equipped for events and meetings.

Todd Wheeler and Doug Wulf of Cushman & Wakefield, directed by Dennis Tarro of Patrinely Group, represented the landlord. Alex Hammerstein and Matt Harbert of Raise Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant.”

It was also announced last month that Haynes and Boone, LLP, a Dallas-based international corporate law firm, has signed a lease at Block 162.

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