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Montage Deer Valley, New Five Star Luxury Resort in Park City, Opens Its Doors

Dec. 10, 2010

Montage Deer Valley, a new luxury five star resort and spa located at Empire Pass at the Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Dec. 8, 2010. Layton Construction Co., Inc. served as the general contractor for the massive project, which totals nearly 1 million square feet situated on 16 acres in the majestic Wasatch Mountains.

Layton provided preconstruction services for 18 months prior to the start of construction, which included working with the owner and architect to develop a base project schedule and baseline cost estimate, performing constructability reviews and constructing a model room at an off-site location. Site excavation and shoring began in June 2007. At peak times during the project, Layton was shuttling 1,100 workers to the project site.

The 13-story Montage Deer Valley Resort boasts 174 deluxe guest rooms and suites as well as 81 condos and residences on the upper six floors of the facility that range from one to five bedrooms. Montage also features an expansive spa, gourmet in-house dining establishments and ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, which has been named North America's No. 1 ski resort by Ski Magazine for the past four years. The resort has 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 4,300-square-foot ballroom, 2,450-square-foot junior ballroom and a board room suitable for executive meetings in addition to three intimate meeting rooms. Terrace and seasonal event lawn space total 35,000 square feet. The superstructure of the facility consists of 60,000 cubic yards of concrete over three levels of heated underground parking accommodating 532 vehicles, as well as an additional 10 levels above ground.

High-end finishes are found throughout the resort that complement its mountainous setting and add to Montage's luxurious feel. Each guest room has a gas fireplace, scenic views, estate-quality furnishings and five-fixture stone bathrooms with separate glass-wall showers, soaking tubs and heated floors.

The 35,000-square-foot Spa Montage features a four-lane indoor mosaic-tiled lap pool as well as an outdoor pool with a private sundeck and whirlpool spas, 29 treatment rooms, two hydrotherapy rooms, two couples' massage rooms, a fully-equipped fitness center and a full-service salon. Additionally, the spa includes a separate men's and women's club-style relaxation areas and locker rooms, each with a steam room, sauna, whirlpools and deluge showers.

The resort offers four in-house restaurants, including Daly's Pub and Rec, a gourmet gastro-pub serving traditional American pub fare located in the facility's family recreation area that includes a four-lane bowling alley, classic arcade games, Wii stations, darts and billiards. The other restaurants include Apex Mountain American Grill, a modern steakhouse, Vista, a French bistro with a lounge atmosphere rather than traditional tables and chairs, and Buzz, a quick cafe adjacent to Montage's lobby.

Montage is a LEED® Silver Certification candidate and has been designed and built to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. The resort features natural lighting throughout, and materials native to Deer Valley and the state of Utah were used where possible. Natural landscaping features including native fir, spruce and aspen trees blend in with the resort's mountain setting. Natural foliage was specifically chosen to signal the arrival of each new season. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected Montage as a pilot for their national ER3 (Environmentally Responsible Redevelopment and Reuse) project, which included the setting aside of 2,800 acres of open space in the form of a conservation easement, enhancement of the public transportation system for Empire Pass and participation in the Utah Blue Sky Partner Program by purchasing wind-generated power. Layton is also committed to green building practices, with nearly 40 employees who are LEED APs, several of whom worked on the Montage project.

"There are many internal and external factors, both positive and negative, that influence the outcome of a project. We overcame many external challenges early in construction due to site conditions, unearthed explosives, adverse weather and long commutes; but the biggest positive factor in our success was the human element," Susanne Beukema, a senior project manager for Layton on the Montage project, said. "Layton assembled a group of subcontractors and staff that created not only an exceptional building for the owner, but one they consider a multi-generational asset and for many of us, the pinnacle of our careers to date."

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