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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.
Morningstar Senior Living
MorningStar Senior Living, located within the RidgeGate subdivision and the City of Lone Tree, provides top of the line independent, assisted living, and memory care options for seniors and their families looking for a community that provides companionship, activities, and a sense of place. Morningstar was designed to integrate with RidgeGate, a new-urbanist, mixed use community and avoided the traditional pitfalls of senior care facilities by embracing the larger development and the opportunity to integrate therein. The site was designed to engage all four sides of the project, while activating those streetscapes with the pedestrian experience through outdoor dining terraces, urban plazas, living space balconies fronting the neighborhood, and having the pool and gym face the main boulevard. Additionally, curbless drop off zones and ADA routes were provided to increase access to the adjacent community amenities, such as; the local library, the regional recreation center, and the Lone Tree Arts Center. Two internal and secured courtyards within the building were designed to provide a safe environment for residences to appreciate nature and the experience of Colorado. The result, a project that encourages active aging and neighborhood interaction.