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May 29, 2024

Major upgrades planned for Alaskan mountain resort

Renderings by Skylab Architecture [enlarge]
A new mass timber condominium building, shown left, is planned for the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

Ground is slated to be broken next spring on the first phase of a multi-element upgrade project at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

The resort is located 40 miles from Anchorage and is currently home to a guest room property with over 300 rooms, an employee housing building, and a host of full-service guest amenities. The area offers 1,610 skiable acres, 76 named trails and gets over 669-inches of snow annually.

Resort owners Pomeroy Lodgings is planning an extensive overhaul which it says will transform the current property “into a modern, four-season, global destination.”

This will be achieved with the addition of both new and renovated facilities. Elements include expanded and enhanced visitor experiences, new hotel accommodations and amenities and new housing buildings.

The resort is also slated to get a new NHL regulation-sized hockey rink …

The upgrades are designed by Portland architect Skylab Architecture. Seattle-headquartered DCI Engineers is the project's structural engineer. The firm has an Alaska office.

Phase one of the upgrade project encompasses two primary components: Alyeska Village and Moose Meadows. Alyeska Village will include 325,000 square feet of new facilities comprising new hotel accommodations, a condominium development, and a new conference center.

Moose Meadows comprises 125,000 square feet of new space including a 25,000-square-foot workforce housing building, retail amenities, a 20,000-square-foot community center, a daycare facility, and an NHL regulation-sized, outdoor, covered hockey rink.

The new workforce housing building will have dorm-style units.

… and a conference center.

One of the primary objectives of the development was to provide the mountain town with more affordable housing options as well as the integration of important community amenities such as childcare facilities and a community center to enhance the overall livability and functionality of the area.

The entire phase one development will be pedestrian-friendly and has been designed to provide a wide array of modern conveniences while showcasing the natural beauty of the resort's surrounding landscape, including the majestic Chugach Mountains.

Parking for nearby trail and community use is also planned as part of phase one.

Phase one is estimated to be completed in the fall of 2027. Future phases are anticipated to include additional condominium and workforce housing.

Skylab's design for Alyeska Village and Moose Meadows centers elements of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

“The village is designed to rest lightly on the land,” Robin Wilcox, principal at Skylab, explained. “To achieve this, we utilized boardwalks over the landscape, and are considering locally sourced material staying true to the native palette.”

The layout of the new phase one buildings will frame views of the surrounding geography and new interstitial spaces will create more intimate, sheltered moments within this epic environment.

“I'd like to think that our plan for outdoor spaces in the village is what really sets this (development) apart,” Wilcox continued. “We've woven together pedestrian corridors and architectural expression through the landscape (and) leveraged wetlands as part of the landscape palette to carve out meaningful, experientially dense, and unique neighborhoods.”

Mass timber construction will be used for signature elements of the development. There is also a shared aspiration to incorporate elements of indigenous culture and heritage into the project in a respectful and meaningful manner, acknowledging the deep connection between the land and its original inhabitants. Specific elements that will do so are still in development.

The project team also includes Triad Engineering, civil engineer and RSA Engineering, MEP. A general contractor has not been publicly shared.

The Alyeska Resort opened in 1994. Pomeroy Lodgings purchased the property in 2019. Since then, it has already overseen over $50 million worth of improvements. Those include a new spa, skybridges, Italian restaurant, hotel guest room renovations and a 71-unit employee housing building.

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