Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Colorado News: 'Aurora development north of medical campus in motion'

Quoting from the 9/4 article by Carlos Illescas:

"But in a few years, up to 150 acres there could be filled with biotech and other high-tech companies, student housing and perhaps some restaurants, a hotel and other retail outlets.

The property — bound by East Montview Boulevard to the south, Peoria Street to the west, and Fitzsimons Parkway to the north and east — is primed for development, the last parcel owned by the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority. It is outside the actual boundaries of the medical campus. The FRA was created by the city of Aurora and the University of Colorado to monitor the development of the property and adjacent parcels of land.

Now, real estate developer John Shaw is charged with overseeing the final development, which will include the elimination of the golf course. Shaw was, among other things, a major player in the development of the Denver Tech Center.

Steve VanNurden, CEO of the FRA, envisions three segments of development: places to live, work and play. And the entire parcel may be developed in phases."
Link to denverpost.com

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ColoradoBiz: 'Anschutz Medical Campus takes shape as a veritable city of health sciences'

Quoting from the September issue:

"Seven years after the former Fitzsimons Army post was redeveloped as a hub for health care, education and research, the campus is doing exactly what it was created to do: breeding companies based on research developed at the hospitals and school on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus...

...'Last year we added nine companies,' said Steve VanNurden, president and chief executive of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA), which oversees the Science + Technology Park. 'A lot of the companies come from the university. It’s great to see new intellectual property is coming right across the street.'

In 2012, the FRA recruited VanNurden from Mayo Clinic Ventures, the invention arm for the Minnesota-based medical group, a testament to increased attention the medical research community is paying to the Anschutz campus..."

...The FRA is re-evaluating the decade-old master plan that envisioned recruiting major bioscience companies that would build their own facilities. Now it’s focused on aligning itself with research institutions such as the University of Colorado.

'The need for the Pfizers of the world to build facilities has diminished as they’ve put more focus on research institutions,' said John Shaw, an independent consultant the FRA hired to oversee its real estate projects in the district. 'There are 150 acres of property to be developed. That allows us to look at a number of other uses to support the hospitals and research centers. We’re looking at what we can place in the property that will enhance what is currently there.'

Those uses could include student housing and a hotel, in addition to laboratory and office space for emerging companies."

 Link to ColoradoBiz for full article

Friday, June 6, 2014

Aurora Sentinel: 'Man with a plan: Fitzsimons redevelopment guru bringing DTC drive to Aurora’s Anschutz'

Quoting from today's posting by Brandon Johannson:

"FRA last week announced the hiring of longtime Denver real estate developer John Shaw to oversee its real estate projects in the district. 

Shaw, who oversaw the Denver Tech Center in the 1980s and worked on the redevelopment that saw the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center morph into Anschutz, said he looks forward to what the future holds for the area.

'It is absolutely staggering the amount of activity that has occurred at Fitzsimons,' he said. 'But the wonderful part is that we have 150 acres now to complete that park. And we have the opportunity to really think through how it should be developed.'

The FRA’s land includes much of the land north of East Montview Boulevard, including the old Fitzsimons golf course. The group’s development plans have called for turning that land into a thriving business park where bioscience and other high-tech companies mingle with researchers and other academics from the medical campus across Montview."
Link to the full article at AuroraSentinel.com

(Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) - Link to the posting

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DBJ: 'Developer Shaw to advise Fitzsimons authority on real estate'

Quoting today's posting by Mark Harden:

"The Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority said Wednesday it is bringing in developer John M. Shaw, its chairman, as a real estate consultant.

Shaw will oversee FRA's real estate projects in the Colorado Life Science District at Fitzsimons, the authority said. The authority hopes to develop a bio-sciences center on 180 acres north of the Fitzsimons/Anschutz medical campus in Aurora."
Link to the Denver Business Journal

Denver Post: 'Denver developer John Shaw hired as consultant for Fitzsimons complex'

Quoting from today's posting by Steve Raabe:

"Veteran Denver real estate developer John Shaw has been hired as a consultant for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority.

Shaw will advise the Colorado Life Science District in developing biotech facilities on the mostly vacant Fitzsimons property north of the major hospital and academic complex that includes the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and the CU medical schools."
Link to DenverPost.com

Well-Known Denver Real Estate Developer John M. Shaw to Oversee Properties in the Colorado Life Science District at Fitzsimons

Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority (FRA) has selected John M. Shaw as a consultant to oversee its real estate projects in the Colorado Life Science District at Fitzsimons. The announcement is made by Steve VanNurden, FRA President & CEO, who says, "John brings more than three decades of leadership and experience in successful real estate development, operational management and civic engagement to FRA’s projects.”

Over his career, Shaw has managed the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties throughout the western United States. He recently left his position as Executive Vice President of McWhinney, a Colorado-based development company with significant assets in Loveland, Broomfield and Denver.

Further, VanNurden says, “John’s extensive track record of successful real estate development projects makes him the ideal partner to continue the FRA’s vision to build a world class life science district at Fitzsimons.”

Link to the PitchEngine posting

Recent Groundbreaking: Bioscience 2 Building 

In April, FRA in conjunction with the University of Colorado broke ground on the new Bioscience 2 building. Quoting VanNurden from the March 26th release: “The new Bioscience 2 building will not only be home to the University’s innovative bioengineering program, it will provide a unique opportunity for commercial bioscience companies to interact on a daily basis with highly talented students from the university.” For more information, visit: http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/Bioscience-2-opening-new-idea-new-building.aspx.

Denver Business Journal's People On the Move. Link to the posting.