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  Hope Lake Lodge, Resort & Indoor WaterparkHope Lake Lodge, Resort & Indoor Waterpark

Architect: Master Planning/Architecture/Interior Design

RBA Group
1414-A South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203

General Description

Location: Cortland, New York
Date Bid: Sep 2007
Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Dec 2009
Total Square Feet: 175,060 Site: 7.38 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three.
Building Size: Subterranean, 16,958; basement, 3,320; first floor, 64,890; second floor, 22,980; 3rd, 4th, and 5th floor, 22,304 each; total, 175,060 square feet.
Building Height: Subterranean, 16’; basement, 10’; first floor, 13’ 4 3/4”; second floor, 9’ 9”; 3rd, 4th, and 5th floor, 9’9” each; total, 84’ to ridge.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, wood, cementitious & metal siding.
Roof: Metal, membrane, asphalt shingles.
Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Timber Framing/Block & Plank/Steel/Metal Building - Britt Peters and Associates, Inc. - 1100 Queensborough Blvd., #202, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
General Contractor: The Krog Corporation - 4 Centre Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Mechanical Engineer: TAG Mechanical - 4019 New Court Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13206
Electrical Engineer: John Mills Electric - 1836 Grand Central Avenue, Elmira Heights, NY 14903
Water Park Consultant: Aquatic Development Group - P. O. Box 648, Cohoes, NY 12047

The Hope Lake Lodge, Resort Spa and Indoor Water Park is a part of the legacy of Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Greek Peak Mountain Resort, the largest Central New York ski resort was founded in 1958 and has remained at the leading edge of the ski industry. The resort addition to the existing Ski Center is a four star rated destination resort that offers its guests an opportunity to experience all the comforts and amenities of a classic mountain resort in the heart of the Finger Lakes Mountain Region. The Main Lodge is home to 106 condos sold in quarter shares, a two story timber framed Ski Lodge and Welcome Center, a high class restaurant, Waterfalls Spa, a 5,500-square-foot luxurious Feng Shui designed international spa, and an array of spectacular, modern and historic amenities. The Aquatic Center is home to a year-round, indoor/outdoor Water Park with pools, spas and water slides along with changing facilities and food/beverage services. The property includes access to the Greek Peak Ski Resort as well as the future expansion to include a world-class golf course and village center with retail shops.

The existing Greek Peak Ski Center was the catalyst that inspired the $83 million resort complex. Turning the existing ski resort into a destination resort that could be used year round was the challenge that drove the inclusion of the indoor water park with year round temperatures of 80 plus degrees. The design of the complex is based heavily in a North Woods Architectural style blending the beauty of the natural environment with well thought out architectural features that invite the outdoors in.

True to their commitment to provide four star accommodations while maintaining environmental integrity, developers and designers of Hope Lake Lodge, Resort Spa and Indoor Water Park at Greek Peak Mountain Resort have employed a variety of strategies and systems designed to provide an atmosphere that is healthy, natural, environmentally friendly, and luxuriously comfortable - right down to the mountain fresh air. As a LEED® Silver project the design team led by Steven Finch of the RBA Group in Charlotte, N.C. was able to achieve compelling energy, water and material conservation. All of which are key values of the investment team led by Tennessee Commerce and of the individual quarter share owners.

The mechanical and ventilation systems utilized are based around the European VRV system. The energy efficient AtmosAir® system uses bi-polar ionization technology to increase ion levels in the air, matching the levels found at higher mountain elevations. Pristine mountain air has long been touted for its health benefits and as one of the reasons for the high success rate of hospitals in the Swiss Alps.

The AtmosAir system will be in all of the hallways and public areas throughout the resort, cleansing air of allergens, dust, odors, and particles as small as airborne viruses. Each room utilizes the varied refrigerate heating and cooling system for highest energy conservation and comfort. The Indoor Waterpark has both the AtmosAir system and an ultraviolet light system to ensure the complete elimination of any mold.

Other smart design and building practices utilized are the use of a steel super structure with metal cladding wall and roof panels by Metl-Span at the Water Park. This assisted the design team in providing large clear spans for the 28,000-square-foot facility necessary for housing the water park features and amenities, provided a high thermal efficiency building envelope, offered high recycled content and regionally sourced materials as well as a shortened construction period critical to the projects schedule before winter months slowed construction progress. The use of powder coatings and Kynar® wall/roof panel finishes provides a corrosion resistant system required inside the high humidity and chlorine laden atmosphere.

The project will be just one of only 31 LEED-certified hotels in the United States.

This project is the next phase of Greek Peak's overall master plan for expansion into a four season's regional destination resort. Future phases are planned to include a golf course, new chairlifts, and expanded snowmaking operations, top of mountain lodge, base facility expansion, village center, and a total of 1,539 residential units.

Sustainable Design Results:

  • 40-45% reduction in energy consumption (from current ASHRAE codes).
  • 15-20% reduction in water consumption generated from state-of-the art fixtures in water closets, showers and lavatories.
  • Increased efficiency within the building's walls, roof and windows.
  • Lighting controls, including LED lighting, low-mercury content fluorescent lamps, occupancy sensors, daylight controls, and time clocks reduce energy consumption.
  • Cast in Place Concrete, Pre-Cast Hollow Core Plank and CMU utilizing high fly ash content
  • Locally resourced timber framing and millwork lumber.
  • Locally harvested plantings utilized in landscaping eliminate need for irrigation.

Product Information
Waterpark Metal Roofing & Walls: Metl-Span 60,000 sq.ft. 4-in. CFR-42 Roof Panels, 3-in. CF-42 Wall Panels
Waterpark Steel Super Structure: Varco Pruden
Lodge Roofing: Firestone, GAF, Carlisle
Lodge Siding: CertainTeed
Flooring: Mohawk, Armstrong, Shaw
Entrances: Besam Hardware: Baldwin
Waterpark 100-ft. Skylight: Kalwall
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp
Mechanical & Ventilation System: AtmosAir
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