VF Corporation to Occupy Entire 10-Story LoDo Office Building
DENVER — VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, has selected 1551 Wewatta Street in Denver’s LoDo for its new global headquarters.
VF signed a 12-year lease in the building and will occupy the entire 10-story, 285,000-square-foot building owned by Bentall Kennedy, a leader in sustainable investment and management practices.
With a current LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the building reflects VF’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Renovations will begin in early 2019 with a completion date targeted for early 2020.
The company announced in August that it will co-locate select VF leaders with its The North Face®, JanSport®, Smartwool®, Eagle Creek® and Altra® brands, and its Global Innovation Center for Technical Fabrics and Digital Lab, in Colorado. The shared location will simplify VF’s physical North American office footprint and strengthen collaboration across its organization.
“We are excited that Denver’s vibrant Lower Downtown district will serve as the new home for VF and five of our Outdoor brands,” said Steve Rendle, chairman, president and CEO. “Our extensive search process led us to review multiple options across the Metro Denver area, and the combination of LoDo and the building at 1551 Wewatta came together to meet all of our criteria. It’s the ideal setting for us to create a dynamic, collaborative working environment where our business, brands and employees can thrive.”
With an estimated capacity of 1,200 people, the building provides VF the opportunity to expand its future workforce beyond the 800 jobs it expects to employ in Denver in the next eight years. The company employs nearly 70,000 people worldwide with operations across more than 170 countries.
“Our focus is to create an office that is sustainable, highly functional, visually inspiring and reflective of the active, outdoor lifestyles that each of our brands enable consumers to enjoy,” said Rendle.