DENVER (January 31, 2020) – Mass Equities, Inc. (MEQ), a private equity real estate investment firm based in Santa Monica, CA, and AECOM Capital, the investment arm of AECOM, announced today that VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies, has leased space at VARIO, the partnership’s premier development project on a 7.8-acre site on Brighton Boulevard in Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo). The location will serve as VF’s satellite office and will be utilized for product testing and innovation, quality assurance, customer showrooms and a photo studio for the six Denver-based brands, as well as the VF Global Innovation Center.
“Located close to what will be our main offices on Wewatta, the Denver Lab will be a valuable and vibrant hub for our innovation initiatives and for interacting with our retail partners,” said Craig Hodges, VF’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications. “We were fortunate to find such a compelling space in another thriving Denver neighborhood. We look forward to being part of the RiNo community.”
MEQ and AECOM Capital continue to re-imagine and expand the existing 68,000-square-foot building at 3060 Brighton Boulevard into a state-of-the-art creative office building, taking advantage of the soaring and dramatic ceiling heights. The facility and incoming tenants are aligned with the spirit and energy of the RiNo neighborhood where there is a high concentration of entrepreneurial, creative and innovative businesses.
“We are very excited about VF’s satellite office coming to VARIO,” said Brian Bair, MEQ principal and senior VP, Acquisitions & Development for Colorado.
MEQ Founder Andrew (Drew) Sobel added, “VF is the perfect fit for this adaptive re-use portion of our project as they share our vision for creating a space that embraces the spirit and authenticity of RiNo.”
VF’s Denver Lab facility will be home to approximately 50 associates and will be operational in the Fall of 2020.
About Mass Equities
Mass Equities (MEQ) is a fast-growing, private equity real estate investment firm that creates value across a broad spectrum of diverse real estate asset classes and markets in the Western U.S. MEQ’s projects include ground-up development, existing building repositions, and comprehensive operational and leasing. The MEQ philosophy, driven by true investment diversification, leverages multiple categories including mixed-use, creative office, retail, and multifamily. MEQ principals’ 100+ years of combined real estate investment experience in both private and public companies have led to success through many real estate cycles in key Western markets.
About AECOM Capital
AECOM Capital is an investor and developer of real estate and other large-scale projects across North America and select international markets. Targeting high-quality, risk-adjusted investments, AECOM Capital leverages AECOM’s vast resources across all engineering, design and construction services for deal flow, due diligence, execution and project delivery. AECOM Capital has a total development value of over $4.5 billion across approximately 11 million square feet. As part of AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure firm, we connect knowledge and experience across a global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2019. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at www.aecomcapital.com.
About VF Corporation
Founded in 1899, VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®. Our purpose is to power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We connect this purpose with a relentless drive to succeed to create value for all stakeholders and use our company as a force for good. For more information, please visit vfc.com.
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