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Key Players Behind the Creation of 50 Fifty DTC

Key Players Behind the Creation of 50 Fifty DTC

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In 2018, we unveiled 50 Fifty, the beginning of a new era in workplace design in the Denver Tech Center. This 400,000-square-foot, 12-story tower is our largest project to date, offering a design-forward solution to the outdated modus operandi of office park building design. 

The project has won a slew of awards and media spotlights, including the recent announcement of Clutch’s first 2020 American Institute of Architecture, Western Mountain Region Design Excellence Award.

Thoughtful design has never originated from just one person. In the case of 50 Fifty, an artful concept was executed via multiple teams who poured their hearts into the same end goal. 

With all of the accolades the project has received, the Clutch team has decided to turn the tables and applaud a few of those companies who worked tirelessly in the background to bring the vision of 50 Fifty to life.



Martin/Martin, Civil & Structural Engineering Design

Headquartered in Colorado since the 1940s, Martin/Martin, Inc. is a full-service civil and structural consulting engineering firm that has cultivated a reputation built on experience and leadership. Their staff of engineers boasts memberships within renowned organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, The Urban Land Institute and The American Society of Engineers. With such skilled personnel, Martin/Martin tackles a wide variety of projects, including the aviation, residential, mixed-use and industrial sectors. We selected them because of their culture of creativity and integrity, and they delivered nothing short of what was promised.


Our favorite aspect of 50 Fifty: “50 Fifty’s V-columns near the front entrance are a unique twist on the typical vertical building column. The V-columns express both form and function, providing an architectural statement and carrying the loads from the entire south-west corner of the building. A massive plate girder hidden behind the façade at parking level 2 carries the load from the twelve upper levels to the V-columns, which in turn carry the load to the foundation.” – Michelle Black, Project Manager



Harmon, Curtain Wall Facade

The curtain wall not only contributes to the energy performance for the entire building, but the face of the building itself—a first impression and, ultimately, a client’s brand. That type of responsibility is built on a foundation of immense trust, a reputation earned by Harmon’s accomplished, local teams. Combining collaboration with a genuine work ethic—not to mention six decades in the industry—Harmon continually offers stylish solutions motivated by a desire to do things better than what has been done before. Their work on the 50 Fifty curtain wall was nothing short of incredible, and we wouldn’t have achieved such an innovative facade without their ingenuity and ability to translate the vision into reality. 


Our favorite aspect of 50 Fifty: “The building is unique due to the mix of exterior and high grade finishes utilized in the façade design and the offset vertical mullions. There is a great dynamic and flow between the VRE1-46 glass, Sierra White Granite, Black ACM panels, and the two different aluminum finishes. The success of the building was really born out of an environment of collaboration amongst the design partners.” – Jacob Johnson, Operations Manager



Hunt Electric, Lighting Design

Hunt Electric has been offering in-house single-source solutions for over 30 years. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT—with branches in St. George, UT and Littleton, CO—Hunt Electric is consistently growing and employs, on average, a workforce of 550+. Their offices boast full prefabrication shops where their teams make and assemble products off-site, which ensures Hunt Electric more control over the quality, safety, cost and on-time delivery of their projects. Hunt’s contribution to 50 Fifty was vast, but their innovation really shines at night through the LED-lit fins on the exterior and the interior light wells, creating a memorable and exciting exterior unlike anything else in the Denver Tech Center.


Our favorite aspect of 50 Fifty: “We focused on collaboration from the start. The teamwork associated with this project has led to a solid foundation of relationships based around a project that we can all say that we accomplished together.

The 50 Fifty team always had a can-do attitude. Budget issues were tackled immediately with a collaborative, solution-driven approach and constructability issues were immediately resolved with experienced team members.” – Nate Otterson, Vice President – Colorado Estimating & Preconstruction



A concept without countless hours of hard work and collaborative problem solving is bound to remain just that: an idea. With the design of “people-first” office space at the core of the project, 50 Fifty was the result of exceptional collaboration between teams that were passionate about bringing this unique vision to life. Today, there are twelve stories of visionary brilliance that serve as a standing ovation to everyone responsible for the construction and design of 50 Fifty.

50 Fifty Scheduled to Set Sail Fall 2018

50 Fifty Scheduled to Set Sail Fall 2018

On In Construction Update

With sweeping vistas of the Front Range, The Denver Tech Center is the city’s hub for business and economic trading. Shining brightly among the sea of office buildings is Clutch Design Studios’ latest project. Slated to open Fall of 2018, 50 Fifty is a Class AAA, 12-story tower with 185,000 SF of elegant design elements and world-class amenities.


The Concept

Our client approached us with the directive: “I’m not interested in designing just another building.” This set the stage for our team to innovate.

Inspired by the client’s love of sailing, the exterior evokes a feeling of looking over the edge of a ship to see the wake dissipate into the horizon. Inside, the design brings visitors “onto the ship” recreating the experience with a variety of marine-inspired materials, patterns, and finishes throughout.



The integration of natural light throughout the building—both interior and exterior—is a signature feature of 50 Fifty. In traditional office tower design, the interiors rarely get natural light. Clutch solved this common challenge by integrating two energy efficient East and West lightwells that illuminate almost every corner of the interior, including the restrooms, which have frosted glazing glass to let the sun shine in.

natural light coming through lightwells


Customer Experience

High-tech glass on the exterior creates an almost invisible boundary between the interior lobby and the exterior porte-cochere. As a result, the main lobby not only engages the tenants within the building, but also engages passerby on the street. Lobby lighting elements inspired by ocean wind current patterns suggest a strong sense of motion against a backdrop of chevron marble floors and wood accents.

high tech exterior


Design Challenges

Just as every project has its challenges, 50 Fifty was no exception. Our biggest hurdle was creating a remarkable lobby within a small footprint. The space wasn’t large enough for ample seating or restaurant, so we carved out purposeful areas to create a sense of place for those waiting for clients or an Uber. Throughout the design process, we designed several iterations of the lobby, and the final design and materials create a dynamic experience, utilizing a minimal palette that makes a big impression.

50 Fifty interior

50 fifty lobby

50 Fifty is scheduled to open in September 2018. Please follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on the grand opening date.


Project Features

  • The building has 6 stories of office over 8 parking levels (2 underground)
  • 30,500 SF of column-free floor plates
  • 100% covered, secured parking at 3.5 spaces per 1,000 SF
  • Common Conference Room
  • Collaborative Lounge and Work Space Areas
  • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center
  • Secure Bicycle Storage & Mechanics Station