Pearlwest aerial with flat irons
Pearlwest Plaza
Pearlwest Topo

PearlWest is located at the western edge of the Pearl Street pedestrian mall, at the transition between Boulder, Colorado’s hip, lively, urban core, and the trailheads of the rugged Rocky Mountains. 

As part of the design process, SAR+ conducted extensive outreach for over 2 years to engage the Boulder community. The LEED Platinum project is composed of a 4-story building along Pearl Street and a more narrow infill building along Walnut Street, connected by a simple, 2-story bridge spanning the alley.

The 160,000 square foot program includes a mix of retail, office, and amenity spaces and a landscaped roof deck and restaurant/bar open to the public.  A new public plaza anchors the west end of Pearl Street, creating a vibrant, activated pocket park to the adjacent pedestrian mall.

Pearlwest Site Plan
Site Context.
Pearlwest Diagram
Pearl Street Elevation
Pearl Street Public Plaza, Northwest.
Pearl Street Elevation
Pearl Street concept elevation sketch.
Parking at PearlWest
The project boasts one of the nation's first fully automated parking systems.
Walnut Street Elevation
Walnut Street Elevation.
Pearlwest Plaza
The public plaza, activated with with restaurants and retail, anchors the west end of Pearl Street, providing a pause in the street wall and strengthening an existing cross block pedestrian connection between Walnut and Pearl Streets.
Pearlwest Topographic Wall
At the heart of the project is the main vertical circulation core, enlivened by a large skylight and a panelized topographic relief model of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

The project we created on one of the last remaining under-utilized parcels on Boulder’s downtown Pearl Street corridor was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for each of us involved. Thanks to the SAR+ design team, I feel we were truly able to deliver a building that enhances this very important site and respects both the development needs of the project and the wishes of a very passionate community.

Randy Nichols, CEO
Nichols Partnership