The proposed project, The Commons, consists of two commercial buildings on the remaining two vacant lots in the Steel Yards to the east of Junction Place. This project will create a commercial development that is highly sustainable, provides engaging active uses along the ground level, and incorporates mobility connections appropriate to the transit-rich Boulder Junction. The form of the building creates a buffer for the rail lines to the east, a transition to the residential and mixed-use buildings to the west, and is optimized for solar and daylighting opportunities. The project will incorporate a variety of community based elements including a mobility hub, a gallery that can also function as a community room, a planned coffee shop to engage the central plaza, and a restaurant focused to the south. In order to extend the transit connections to the next level in Boulder Junction, the project incorporates its own “mobility hub” (including a car share program and B-Cycle station), routes the eastern bike path through the center of the project to join with the multi-modal Junction Place, and is compatible with future bus and rail stop connections. The south end of the building, abutting the Goose Creek Greenway, creates a prime location for public interaction and gathering, and is planned to be a restaurant space. This will capitalize on the axis created by the diagonal bridge over Goose Creek, creating a visual termination with public interest as Junction Place turns north. The northern building will be approximately 60,000 sf with 70 underground parking spaces, including designated car share spaces; and the southern building will be approximately 40,000 sf. The project is intended to be designed to a LEED platinum standard as a minimum, but will likely exceed that metric.
Commons 2 | Boulder, Colorado