HAMBURG, Germany, May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Investment announced today that it has acquired The Triangle Building in Denver, Colorado, from a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm, and East West Partners, a Denver-based developer devoted to building, selling, managing and supporting high-quality real estate. The purchase price was approximately $154 million. The property will be added to the portfolio of open-ended retail real estate fund UniImmo: Global.
Completed in 2015 and offering some 21,000 sqm of space, the property boasts a unique, triangular shape that makes it one of the most distinctive office buildings in Denver's Lower Downtown district. With its central location next to Union Station, the building is 98 percent leased and has quickly become an established landmark in the city. Union Station Development LLC serves as the vendor for The Triangle.
"With regard to location, construction quality and tenant structure, The Triangle is pretty much a perfect fit with our criteria for an office investment in the United States," said Philip La Pierre, Head of Investment Management Overseas at Union Investment. "Denver is now the 16th location where we have a presence in the U.S. market, and UniImmo: Global and UniImmo: Europa provide us with two strong vehicles for additional investment in the future."
The building's shape results in distinctive floorplans that allow for efficient use by tenants. Oversized windows flood the offices with daylight and provide impressive views of the vibrant Lower Downtown neighborhood. The main tenants of the Class A property—which holds LEED Gold certification—include the media firm Liberty Global, with 8,000 sqm, and WeWork, the world's largest provider of co-working spaces, which occupies approximately 6,700 sqm. These two tenants together account for some 70 percent of the rentable area. In addition, the software company AutoDesk occupies 3,500 sqm. The 10-story property also includes an underground parking garage with 225 spaces spread over two levels.
The Triangle is situated directly opposite Union Station, which was recently redeveloped at a cost of some $500 million. Since then, it has become a central transport hub for Denver, with access to light and commuter rail services, as well as a number of bus routes. Thanks to a new direct link to Denver International Airport—the fifth-largest in the United States—approximately 100,000 passengers per day are forecast for Union Station.
The population of Denver's Lower Downtown district has grown by 164 percent since 2000. In addition to offices and residential properties, the submarket features hotels and urban retail, as well as a wide range of bars, restaurants and other leisure facilities.
"The Lower Downtown submarket has emerged in recent years as a submarket that delivers a compelling combination of work, living and play," said Matt Scholl, Head of Investment Management Americas at Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. "This mix attracts many companies and creates excellent conditions for commercial real estate investment."
"Through a competitive process, we ultimately selected Union Investment for The Triangle because they are a great owner and manager of buildings," said Chris Frampton, Managing Partner at East West Partners. "Union Investment owns iconic buildings in core locations all over the United States and Europe, and we believe The Triangle Building belongs in a portfolio of that calibre and quality."
"The Union Station development afforded Starwood Capital the opportunity to invest in the early stages of a citywide renaissance," added Dan Schwaegler, Senior Vice President at Starwood Capital Group. "Since acquiring these land parcels during the financial crisis, Denver has flourished—thus enabling our investment thesis to play out as anticipated. At the same time, The Triangle—along with the other assets in this development—underscores Starwood Capital's proven ability to deliver top-quality assets that are highly desirable to investors. We are thrilled that our ambitious vision for The Triangle has come to fruition through a fantastic partnership with East West Partners, and excited to see what the future holds for this asset under Union Investment's skilled management."
About Union Investment
Union Investment stands for forward-looking real estate investment worldwide. We provide private and institutional property investors with a comprehensive investment platform. Union Investment currently has assets under management totalling around EUR 31.8 billion in its open-ended retail real estate funds and specialised funds excluding service and pooling mandates. We invest in the office, retail, hotel and logistics sectors and hold more than 350 properties across 23 countries in our actively managed portfolio.
About Starwood Capital Group
Starwood Capital Group is a private alternative investment firm with a core focus on global real estate, energy infrastructure and oil & gas. The Firm and its affiliates maintain ten offices in four countries around the world, and currently have more than 2,200 employees. Starwood Capital Group has raised over $40 billion of equity capital since its inception in 1991, and currently manages more than $51 billion in assets. The Firm has invested in virtually every category of real estate on a global basis, opportunistically shifting asset classes, geographies and positions in the capital stack as it perceives risk/reward dynamics to be evolving. Over the past 26 years, Starwood Capital Group and its affiliates have successfully executed an investment strategy that involves building enterprises in both the private and public markets. Additional information can be found at starwoodcapital.com.
About East West Partners
East West Partners is devoted to building, selling, managing and supporting high-quality real estate. Since 1986, the firm has developed and sold over $3 billion of residential and commercial real estate. Their most recognizable local project is Denver's Riverfront Park, a 25-acre development that transformed the Central Platte Valley into Denver's hottest new community. East West Partners is also responsible for the renaissance of downtown Denver's city center, taking the lead on the development of the Union Station Neighborhood. For more information on East West Partners, visit www.ewpartners.com.
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