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Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Experiential programming and design for town center at CBMR.

 

Master plan and placemaking for retail-entertainment town center at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

 

The ownership group of Crested Butte Mountain Resort planned the development of a town center place at the heart of its resort high in the Colorado Rockies. The town center was viewed as a competitive response to the increasingly competitive Colorado ski industry, which was in the midst of “amenity creep.”

 

Worked in collaboration with Owner, and the project architect, in examining various “Big Ideas” that would compel the place making at the town center. Guest programming was prepared, including a slate of event programming to provide signature times of year for the resort.

 

A major effort was made to identify and program for interstitial areas at the town center, to assure activity throughout the operating day and week. Given the relatively modest size of the market area outside of peak visitation seasons, providing for resident use of facilities, in this way, is always of great importance.

 

Banning Lewis Ranch Acquisition

Acquisition and property management of master-planned landholding on behalf of a major offshore investor client, Banning-Lewis Ranch was purchased from the Resolution Trust Corp. for $18.5 million. The property had been assembled, acquired, and held for development by well-known Colorado entrepreneur Frank Aries, through more than $200 million in investment in infrastructure and land purchases. The property was re-sold several years later for $60 million.

 

Banning-Lewis Ranch is a highly strategic landholding, existing essentially as the entire direction of growth for metropolitan Colorado Springs, encompassing more than 20 square miles along the city’s eastern edge.

 

Aspen Meadows Resort Townhomes

Savanah Limited Partnership owned townhomes situated on land that comprised The Aspen Institute, as well as lands desired for ownership by The Institute. As a goodwill gesture to the community and in exchange for right to renovate and sell its on-site townhomes, SLP entered into an agreement transferred designated lands to The Institute.

 

Aspen, Colorado ranks as one of the world’s top resort destinations, known both for its skiing and Winter sports, as well as its considerable year-around cultural and intellectual pursuits. The Aspen Institute is known worldwide for its schedule of events. As well, Aspen has emerged as a mecca and playground for the wealthy and celebrities – both famous as well as infamous.

 

Aspen (Pitkin County) was founded as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom and named for the abundance of aspen trees in the area. The city emerged as a ski area after World War II, with the foundation of Walter Paepcke’s Aspen Skiing Company.

 

Black Hawk Master Plan

Analysis of potential gaming resort expansion possibilities, through development of additional properties in vicinity of current operation. Work included experiential design concepts.

 

Castle Rock Theme Park

Market study and financial feasibility study for proposed regional theme park to be located at Castle Rock, Colorado, midpoint between the metropolitan areas of Denver and Colorado Springs. The venue was specifically evaluated for its competitiveness with such facilities as Elitch Gardens in Denver.

 

After extensive analysis it was determined that there was not likely to be sufficient demand to warrant the level of investment under consideration for the project. Recommendations were made for a scaled-down approach, more akin to an amusement park than a fully-realized theme park venue.