The Gant to Undergo Multi-Million Conference Center Renovation and Expansion
Rowland + Broughton’s architectural plan boasts a modern yet sustainable design
ASPEN – July 8, 2013 – The Gant, an award-winning condominium and conference center resort, will undergo a $5-million renovation and expansion that includes a new specialty café, panoramic rooftop deck, flexible indoor and outdoor floor plans, and contemporary new furnishings, accessories. This project artfully blends function, style and sustainability to create a multi-use mountain venue suitable for varied gatherings ranging from special events, weddings and private celebrations to corporate meetings, business retreats and incentive trips. The 10-month project begins in August.
“This renovation and expansion project marks a key point in our resort’s near 40-year history,” said Donnie Lee, general manager at The Gant. “When we opened in 1973, The Gant elevated condominium guest expectations by being the first to offer hotel-like amenities and services. Today, we continue this progressive style of thinking to ensure Aspen remains a premier destination for conferences, business travelers, special events and families.”
Colorado-based design and architecture firm, Rowland + Broughton conceptualized a design that elegantly interweaves function and style. The redesigned main lobby of the conference center will feature a floor-to-ceiling glass wall entryway, native floral vignettes and a new local artist display. Through an assortment of new panel additions, entryways and area expansions, the split-level conference rooms will boast 40% new flexible indoor and outdoor floor plan options to accommodate functions up to 200 attendees. For the business meeting, the redesign includes a new fleet of ergonomically designed business chairs, enhanced audio-video system, and darkstained conference room tables for stylish comfort and function. For special events, this project entails new banquet seating, a new ensemble of linens, glassware and silverware.
The renovation also includes the addition of two new amenities. For planners looking to visually inspire attendees, The Gant’s new 1,800-sq. ft. rooftop deck will feature elegantly comfortable furnishings, artisan fire sculptures and native plant privacy walls, making it one of Aspen’s most expansive and panoramic rooftop venue for al fresco gatherings. The resort will also feature a new Market Café. Overlooking the pool area, the restaurant will serve a combination of hot- and cold-plate menu items, snacks and beverages guests and conference attendees can enjoy in their outdoor seating area, poolside or take to go. The restaurant will be open year round. With the addition of the Market Café, The Gant will be Aspen’s only full-service condominium resort to offer on-property food and beverage service.
The new design is also fashioned for sustainability. Inspired by the beauty of its mountain setting, the new design incorporates an earth-tone color palette, natural stone and sustainable building materials, native vegetation, energy-efficient lighting and a sustainable rooftop deck offering 360- degree views of panoramic, mountain peak skyline. With this design, The Gant and the firm took great care to select environmentally-friendly building materials to minimize its footprint.
In place of real wood, the building’s exterior siding will feature a durable, composite product made of rice husks, mineral oil and salt that visually replicates wood siding. Designed to replicate metal, the firm will use a panelized product throughout the exterior to add visual contrast and design accents. Indoors, every element – from carpet and paint to upholstery – have been carefully selected to minimize, if not completely eliminate, the presence of hazardous materials like Volatile Organic Compounds. Energy efficient lighting and a redesigned insulation system will make the building more energy compliant by minimizing air leakage and energy consumption.
The renovation will be strategically planned in phases to maintain resort operations as usual. The summer season will usher in poolside fun, new travel packages and walking access to Aspen’s vast outdoor playground and eclectic downtown shopping, dining and cultural scene.
To learn more about The Gant, renovation and expansion efforts and packages and promotions, please visit www.gantaspen.com or call 800-549-0536.
About The Gant
Celebrating 40 years of hospitality excellence, The Gant combines the comforts and conveniences of home with the pampered touch of resort-inspired guest services and amenities. Long regarded Aspen’s finest condominium resort, The Gant boasts a distinct collection of privately-owned, luxury condominiums and residences ideally suited for leisure or meeting excursions in the mountains. Situated in a tranquil enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain, The Gant affords guests convenient access to world-class shopping, dining, culture and all-season outdoor experiences.
Starting in fall 2013, The Gant Conference Center undergoes a $5-million renovation and expansion that will include a new specialty café, panoramic rooftop deck, flexible indoor and outdoor floor plans, and contemporary new furnishings, accessories. For more information, visit www.gantaspen.com or call 800-549-0536.
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,300 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angelesbased investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.
For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.