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Long-awaited Birdcall opening rewards customer patience

While its planned mid-June opening was missed, the newest location for Birdcall, a local fried chicken restaurant chain, is finally open at Franklin and Evans. And it’s worth the wait.

Birdcall is all about fried chicken and fried chicken sandwiches. However, one of our guests ordered the Power Salad (kale, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, cucumbers goat cheese & vinaigrette) and thought it was fantastic, too – so there are vegetarian options as well. The store is high-tech with manual ordering kiosks inside. You can order your meal inside and eat either inside or outside or use the drive-thru. A timer posts your wait time for each order and your food is delivered into a numbered bin and posted on the public order board. Continue reading Long-awaited Birdcall opening rewards customer patience

J-Mac to face wrecking ball

It may not happen tomorrow or the next day, but 50-year-old Johnson-McFarlane Hall, located on the northeast corner of Iliff and High Street, is headed for the dustbin according to an article by The Washington Park Profile. As we reported before regarding DU’s 2025 capital plan, otherwise known as Denver Advantage, there will be an aggressive 10-year program to redevelop a number of buildings on the Denver campus. Phase 1 projects include a new Career Center and Residence Hall and Student Commons with DU starting  construction on campus this summer.

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The 60’s design of Johnson McFarlane Hall features peaked roofs and is home to the Pioneer Leadership program and several other groups. The undergraduate dormitory will remain until new student housing is completed.

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Fight Oar Die: DU Partners with Veterans to Fight PTSD

Photo courtesy Fight Oar Die

The spirit of the University of Denver will be felt on the lonely and dangerous open waters of the Atlantic this fall.

Fight Oar Die,” the first all-veteran team to compete in the dangerous 3,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, will set out in a unique partnership with DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). Continue reading Fight Oar Die: DU Partners with Veterans to Fight PTSD

Humanities Garden Gets Another Facelift

One of the most beautiful locations on the campus at the University of Denver is the Harper Humanities Garden. The garden is part of DU’s Chester M. Alter Arboretum, which includes various trees and plantings. The garden is one of 12 recognized arboretums in the state of Colorado.

DU spent nearly 2 million dollars renovating the Harper Humanities Garden in 2005. However, construction crews have moved in this summer to  replace old clay and iron pipes used to fill and drain the water feature. In addition, minor cement work is being done on the floor of the pools as well.

An added benefit to the work will be the elimination of overgrown shrubs on the upper portion of the feature, near Mary Reed Building. And, of course, the eventual return of one of the best spots on the DU campus.

Phase 1 – First-Year Student Residence Hall and Student Commons Echo Collaboration

Rendering: Aerial view west along Evans Avenue, shows the new student commons (student union) replacing Driscoll North and the new first-year student residence halls to the far west.

Yesterday, we revealed details of the DU Career Achievement Center/Alumni center. Today, we are showing the first-year student residence hall and the Student Commons (student union).  Continue reading Phase 1 – First-Year Student Residence Hall and Student Commons Echo Collaboration

Phase 1 – Capital Plan revealed at the heart of DU

Photo: The University is making a bold architectural statement, breaking ground on a Alumni and Career Achievement Center, designed to open the center of the university to students, alumni and visitors.

About a year ago, LetsGoDU reported on a 140 million dollar capital project portfolio to transform the DU campus to align with the 2025 Strategic Plan for the University. Phase 1 has already started with the demolition of homes along high street for first-year student residence halls and community commons. Phase II, also discussed in a prior LetsGoDU article is a transformation of the entryway into the campus along between Buchtel Boulevard and Asbury, along University Boulevard. The Phase II redevelopment will include a hotel, retail, and graduate student housing and will not be initiated for several more years.

Now, LetsGoDU can reveal details about the design of the Phase 1 projects. Today, we will cover the University Career Achievement Center which will also act as the career center for students as well as an alumni hub for the University. Tomorrow, we will reveal details of the new Student Union and a new first-year student residence hall.

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First of three pillars completed – senior class exits conference season undefeated

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Three steps. The University of Denver Pioneers follows a strategy of attempting to complete three separate postseason accomplishments which incrementally gain more importance and unite towards the ultimate prize, the national championship.  Continue reading First of three pillars completed – senior class exits conference season undefeated

Denver’s internal adjustments key in preparation for Top-10 clash against Villanova

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Denver has just barely scraped by its opponent in three of its last four games. Slow starts and costly turnovers have troubled the No. 4-ranked Pioneers. With the regular season over halfway completed, each game holds more significance now that conference play is underway. Continue reading Denver’s internal adjustments key in preparation for Top-10 clash against Villanova

Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ could have a seismic impact on the University of Denver area

MapThe old Gates Tire and Rubber Company site is only three miles from the University of Denver and a nine-minute drive from University & Evans

The Denver Real Estate Journal published a piece on Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ which is expected to create more than 50,000 jobs for the eventual ‘winner’. And, depending on your point of view, the award is certain to be transformational for the city that wins the Amazon sweepstakes. As we all know, it could be good or bad – depending on your view of urban growth, job growth, economic growth, real estate values, city services and traffic.

A number of cities are vying for the honor but Denver is one of the finalists. Already a major hub for the online retailer, Amazon already has a significant presence in Denver with over 1,500 employees and counting. And while many have speculated that the Amazon selection team will want to add a presence in the eastern time zone, others argue that Amazon’s very own selection criteria place Denver among the leaders. Continue reading Amazon’s ‘HQ2’ could have a seismic impact on the University of Denver area

Campus Lounge 2.0 Closes – Again

We wrote about the Campus Lounge 2.0 in an article when they reopened in late October. Their closing date as reported by The Denver Post will be March 26th according to the owner, Dan Landis.

Landis admitted that the new-age food concept did not meet the sports-centric demand offered by the former owner Jim Wiste, a former DU hockey all-American,  who recently passed away. Continue reading Campus Lounge 2.0 Closes – Again