by Sarah J.F. Braley | March 01, 2011

Local Update
The 239-room Four Seasons Hotel Denver opened last October. The $350 million property offers about 16,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa with 11 treatment rooms and a rooftop pool. Gaining buzz in the dining world is the hotel's restaurant, Edge.

The 403-room Embassy Suites Denver- Downtown Convention Center opened last December. Among the hotel's features are a saline swimming pool and 21,000 square feet of meeting space divided among 17 rooms.

The modernizing of the bathrooms at the historic 1892 Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is due to finish up in March. The project, which touches 199 of the property's 241 guest rooms, began in 2008. The luxury hotel offers approximately 13,000 square feet of meeting space, and the 5,200-square-foot spa offers six treatment rooms. The roof of the property now is home to three beehives, which provide honey to the restaurant and the spa.

Plans are gelling for the construction of a 500-room hotel at Denver International Airport. While all the details still are being hashed out, bonds to fund the project are expected to be sold in the fall. Tentatively, the property, along with a FasTracks light-rail line to the airport (which already is being built) and a train station designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will open at the facility in 2016.

The Colorado Convention Center received LEED certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. To gain the designation, changes were made in energy usage, purchasing, green cleaning, air quality, waste diversion and more, cutting the facility's carbon emissions by more than 26 percent.

Completely redone rooms have been unveiled at the 189-room Hotel Monaco Denver. The property also is now certified Green Seal Silver for its eco-friendly practices.

A museum celebrating the American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still will open later this year. The collection of 2,400 works will rotate through 10,000 square feet of galleries.

The new home of the Colorado Historical Society's exhibits should be completed this fall, although no opening date has been announced. The $113 million History Colorado Center also will house the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the Stephen H. Hart Research Library.

A full-service hotel with about 230 rooms is slated to fill the Colorado National Bank Building, opening in mid-2012.

An IMAX 3-D theater opened at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science last October. The facility also has received an $8 million gift from the Morgridge Family Foundation for the construction of a new Science Engagement Center.

The 15,000-square-foot Greenhouse Complex has opened at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The facility displays the gardens' tropical, orchid, cactus and aquatic collections.