REI Flagship Store
REI bought the old Forney Museum on the west bank of the Platte River in downtown Denver. The old brick building was remodeled into a wonderful, unique retail space. An underground parking structure was built to accommodate shoppers’ cars. The top, ground level, was landscaped into a park with pathways in and around sculptures, trees, shrubs, and seating areas. A firelane of Grasspave2 widens the pedestrian walkways to provide access for safety vehicles. The location and how it was developed really inspires people to be active in sports. There are bike paths, skate boarding, rock climbing, and even a kayak course built by the city into the Platte River. The invisibility of Grasspave2 works well for this client.
1520 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202
520 m2 (5597 sq ft)
Sabell’s Enterprises, 5650 Ward Road, Arvada, CO 80002, contact: Sam Sabell at 303-432-1410
Grasspave2 is cut on a curve to fit the adjacent asphalt walkway in the foreground. Another worker is pinning the mat which is optional, but probably a good idea since this is a smaller section than is typical and piecing is being done. A cutout was made for the sprinkler head, located next to the edging.
Grasspave2 was cut to fit the curve of the asphalt walkway and bike path headed easterly and matching with the city’s wide, river-access path. The rings are being filled with sandy soil in preparation for sod. The firelane delineation was creatively a mixture of boulders, trees, and light poles. The Denver skyline is in the background.
The firelane is again curved between rocks and asphalt pathway westerly toward the store entrance on the right which is a new section built to match the architecture of the existing building.
View of REI’s building in the background with Starbuck’s Coffee sign in place. The Platte River is a great place to try out a new kayak purchase.