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  Keystone Exhibit Hall, Page 52Keystone Exhibit Hall
Melick Associates, Inc. 
1512 Larimer Street, #400, Denver, CO 80202

Keystone, Colorado
Total Square Feet: 47,820
Construction Period: May 1998 to Apr 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: Hyder Construction Co. - 543 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204
Structural Engineer: Monroe & Newell - PO Box 1597, Avon, CO 81620
Electrical Engineer: Swanson Rink, Inc. - 1120 Lincoln St., #1200, Denver, CO 80203
Mechanical Engineer: Southland Industries - 7076 South Revere Pkwy., Englewood, CO 80112
Acoustical Engineer: David L. Adams & Associates - 1701 Boulder St., Denver, CO 80218
Kitchen Consultant: Thomas Ricca Associates - 6857 South Spruce St., Englewood, CO 80112

Just over Loveland Pass on the Western side of the Continental Divide is the Colorado resort of Keystone Village. The state-of-the-art Keystone Conference Center and new Exhibit Hall are nestled among lodge pole pines on a site facing Keystone Mountain, between Highway 6 and the Tenmile Mountain Range. The Exhibit Hall, an extension of the original Keystone Conference Center, was sited to provide easy pedestrian access to the resort's main hotel parking area, transportation system, and Keystone Lake.

The aesthetic challenge in designing the Exhibit Hall was to develop a vocabulary of finishes and modulations that would be compatible with the original precast concrete Conference Center. Plus compatible with the modulations and fenestration of the existing building and in keeping with Keystone's image. Maintaining consistency in the modulation and allowing different materials to flow together was integral to the goal of breaking down the 110,000-square-feet mass to the scale of its surroundings.

Precast panels clad the exterior of the existing building. Sandstone was selected for vertical stone column elements and a stone base to be compatible with the exposed aggregate of the precast concrete. The color of the stucco complemented the acid etched finish on the existing precast panels. Dark stained wood soffits highlighted the darker color of the exposed aggregate in the precast panels.

The interior of the Exhibit Hall was designed to be consistent with the interior of the Conference Center, yet create its own sense of arrival and uniqueness. The Exhibit Hall's main entry is identified by a prominent overhang and a radiused wall. Entry can also be made through the main entrance of the Conference Center which is located under the tower element, where a grand stair leads to the pre-function area. Continuous pre-function space wraps around two sides of each of the large ballrooms in the Conference Center and the Exhibit Hall. Back-of-the-house functions are located along the backsides of the ballrooms and are separated from the public space. Custom carpeting, wainscoting, unique wall panels, simple trims and detailing distinguish the new space. The more rustic characteristics of the building's exterior are reflected in the custom pendant fixtures and wall scones. The 50,000-square-feet Exhibit Hall doubles the capacity of the facility to nearly 3,600 occupants.

Exterior Walls - Aluminum Storefronts: Kawneer.
Roof - 4-Ply Built-Up:Tamko Building Products.
Floors - Carpet Tile: Miliken.
Interior Walls - Overhead Coiling Doors: Raynor; Operable Partitions: Modernfold; Acoustical Panels: Acoustic Environment.
Elevators - Thyssen Dover.

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