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