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Mountains and Western Slope - January 2004

Grand Aspen Lodge Under Way with New Contractor

The Hyatt Grand Aspen Lodge project, delayed for nearly two years, is now back on track with a new contractor at the helm, Shaw Construction of Denver.

The $43 million, four-story lodge will include 51 upscale condo units with nine units of affordable housing, plus one level of underground parking, totalling around 210,000 gross sq ft. All 51 condo units are two-bedroom lockoffs, making the actual unit total much higher. Located in the heart of Aspen, the lodge will occupy a full city block bordered by Dean, Galena and Mill streets, just in front of the city ice rink, which will also be remodeled.


According to the Ken O'Bryan, president of O'Bryan Partnership Architects of Frisco, the project architect, other features include construction of a full pool and hot tub, complete with exterior water features; a gas pit fireplace; lobby, bar and large living room on the main floor; a workout room; ski, bike and material storage areas and a large loading dock.

"There are actually 51 different unit designs," O'Bryan said. "No two units are exactly alike, but all of them contain some significant upscale features."

Some of those elements include hardwood floors, slab granite countertops and tub decks, marble floors in the bathrooms, high-end carpet in the bedrooms, plaster-faux finish with crown moulding, knotty alder wood trim and fireplaces in both the living rooms and master bedrooms. Units average in size from 1,400 sq ft to 2,200 sq ft.
Construction on the project originally started in November 2001 and was permit-ready in February 2002 when it was put on hold. The new anticipated completion is December 2005.

Other design team members include Monroe & Newell Engineers for structural, DHM for landscape and Schmueser, Gordon, Myer for civil engineering.

Aspen St. Regis Hotel

One of Shaw Construction's other big ongoing projects in Aspen is the $16.5 million addition and renovation of the Aspen St. Regis Hotel (formerly the Ritz Carlton).

The project will gut six floors to convert 90 existing hotel rooms into 25 two- and three-bedroom fractional ownership units, plus building 20 new hotel rooms in a now-empty building on the hotel property. The project team will also add a new 15,000-sq-ft, five-star spa.

Crews have completed initial mockups of the new rooms for design and client review. Demolition and construction will begin after the current ski season is over, in April 2004, and be complete within eight months by December 2004.

Starwood is the owner and the architect is JG Johnson Architects of Denver.

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