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Davis Graham & Stubbs, the fourth largest law firm in Denver, has moved into Millennium Financial Center, the first new major office building in the city’s Central Business District in about 15 years.

DGS, which employs 250 people – 100 of them lawyers – is leasing 85,000 sf, about half of the space in the six-story building at 1550 17th St. The building, situated within blocks of the Coors Field, is positioned in a trendy area of downtown known as Lower Downtown, or LoDo.

The $30 million building is owned by Millennium Financial Center Partners, a consortium including Denver-based Haselden Construction, general contractor for the building; Insurance Management Associates; Denverites Dana Crawford and Charles Callaway, co-owners of the historic Oxford Hotel; and an investment group including some DGS partners. Denver-based Acquilano/Leslie Inc. has designed the building.

“We are completely relocated, less than 18 months after we made our initial announcement and broke ground,” Gale Miler, the firm’s CEO told GlobeSt.com. It took months of planning to move the law firm to the Lower Downtown office building. “You can’t jeopardize the work that 100 attorneys perform for thousands of businesses just because you are making a move into space that was a hard-hat zone just one week ago,” says Charles Kaiser, head of the firm’s real estate task force.

The Millennium Financial Center is the firm’s fourth home since it was founded in Denver in 1915, starting out in the First National Bank Building, now the Holtze Executive Place hotel. In 1975, the firm leased space in the Colorado National Bank building, now the US Bank office tower and moved a decade later to the 56-story Republic Plaza, the tallest building in Denver.”We have a history of moving into the most exciting space in Denver,” DGS spokeswoman Janet Raasch told GlobeSt.com. “We’ve always been on 17th St. (the financial district for Denver.) Without a question, the most exciting part of Denver is LoDo.

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