Gaylord Rockies Resort and Conference Center
The prestigious Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center Resort, located within the City of Aurora and the High Point at DIA subdivision, has an iconic place along the Front Range for all travelers to and from the Denver International Airport. With dramatic views of the downtown Denver skyline and the beautiful Colorado Rockies as a backdrop, the Gaylord Rockies was modeled after at ski town lodge invoking the quintessential Colorado experience. This master planned resort is the fifth in the Gaylord portfolio and the first west of the Great Plains. The project’s first phase is comprised of over 1,500 hotel rooms and approximately two million square-feet of convention center, ballrooms, meeting rooms, restaurants, and amenities. With the world’s largest great room, the civil engineering design was completed to orient and enhance the guest experience by generating a sense of exploration and arrival at the expansive main porte-cochere. Low impact design techniques were implemented to minimize the development footprint through a horizontally and vertically bifurcated, inverted crown main entry that utilizes a “dry creek bed” to convey and preliminarily treat stormwater from the site. All aspects of the Resort are meant to create a sense of wonder through strategic grading that manipulates sight lines and highlights the Colorado environment. The Gaylord Rockies Resort was performed via an Integrated Project Delivery model, which resulted in the delivery of the on- and off-site, regional improvements on-budget and on-time.