Developing Denver’s New Class A Office High-Rise with Chris Payne

Dot Dot Dot: The NINE dot ARTS Podcast
Episode 49

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“The workplace environment is transitioning into more of a hospitality experience,” says Chris Payne, Senior Vice President at Riverside Investment and Development. In this episode, Chris describes how his team is creating a distinct sense of place for 1900 Lawrence, Denver’s new Class A office building that will transform the city skyline and the overall corporate workplace mentality. Instead of stark hallways or siloed spaces, 1900 Lawrence will feature hotel-like amenities including a dynamic art program, outdoor terraces, ground floor retail and restaurant options, welcoming plazas for socialization, and more. Chris describes how these choices help to catalyze collaboration, inspire innovation, and even drive ROI outcomes like faster lease up rates and tenant retention. Tune in for valuable insight on the importance of project partnerships to bring a vision to life, and the need to shift thinking from “how” we build buildings to “why.”

Discussed in the Episode: 
1900 Lawrence
Riverside Investment & Development
How Art Improves the Return to Office Experience for Employees
How Art Boosts Employee Productivity
Chris Payne
Chris Payne on LinkedIn

About Chris Payne:
Chris Payne has more than a decade of engineering, construction, development, and project management experience, spanning sectors such as commercial, residential, hospitality, mixed-use, and heavy civil. At Riverside Investment & Development, Chris serves as Senior Vice President and leads all operations in Colorado including development, design, construction, and completion of projects. Chris recently oversaw the development of 110 North Wacker Drive / Bank of America Tower, a 1.5 million RSF and 55-story Class A office building in downtown Chicago. In 2021 he relocated to his hometown of Denver to oversee the development of 1900 Lawrence, a 700,000 RSF and 30-story Class A office building in downtown Denver. Chris received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

About Dot Dot Dot: The NINE dot ARTS Podcast
Dot Dot Dot is the continuing conversation around art and placemaking in the built environment. Hosted by NINE dot ARTS CEO Martha Weidmann, episodes explore art, culture, community, and more with a range of reputable business leaders. Tune in biweekly to learn how an original art experience can boost your business and make a social impact. Episodes are available wherever you get your podcasts!