Friday, April 11, 2014

Resort starts work on spa addition

Sun Valley P&Z to review plans on April 24

Express Staff Writer

Crews dismantle the interior of the Lodge Dining Room at Sun Valley Resort on Wednesday in preparation for work to construct a new spa linked to the northerly wing of the historic Sun Valley Lodge. Photo by Roland Lane

     Sun Valley Resort has started work in preparation to build a three-story spa addition to the Sun Valley Lodge.

     Crews have been working on the interior and exterior of the northerly wing of the lodge, including the Lodge Dining Room, which has been permanently closed.

     The Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on and will consider the design-review application for the project in a meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Sun Valley City Hall. The meeting will commence with two site visits away from City Hall.

     On March 3, owners and managers of Sun Valley Resort announced plans to renovate the lodge to remodel the guest rooms into larger, more luxurious accommodations and build a 20,000-square-foot addition that will be the centerpiece of a new, world-class spa.

     According to the design-review application, the lodge is currently 141,100 square feet, and will be expanded to 172,487 once the project is completed.

     The spa development is planned to include 15 private treatment rooms for individuals and couples, large locker rooms with steam and sauna facilities, relaxation lounges, a yoga studio and a large fitness facility. The third floor of the addition is planned to include four new guest suites, two that are approximately 1,100 square feet and two that are approximately 600 square feet.

     While the spa in the lodge has been temporarily relocated and the Lodge Dining Room has been closed, the lodge will remain open during work on the new spa through the summer. Plans call for closing the lodge for business from September 2014 to June 2015 to allow for the remodeling of the entire structure.

     As part of the plans, the heated outdoor pool will be reconstructed, but will largely look the same. The deck will be expanded and a poolside café will be added. In addition, the project calls for remodeling the family bowling alley in the lodge and adding kids-oriented food service.

     Sun Valley has retained the Boston design firm of Frank Nicholson Inc. and Ketchum-based architects Ruscitto, Latham and Blanton to oversee the project. Their prior projects working for the resort include: River Run Lodge (1994), the Sun Valley Inn and Ballroom expansion (2003), Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge (2004), Sun Valley Lodge improvements (1996 and 2004) and the Sun Valley Pavilion (2008).

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