Built in the 1960s, the Sky Hotel in Aspen was the “it” place for decades. Now Haselden is building a new hotel in its place – the W Aspen – that is sure to become the new hot spot!
Designed by Rowland + Broughton, the new W Aspen will have 93 rooms, with 11 of those being fractional ownership units. The suites will be something to behold – spinning beds, queen-sized cantilevered bunk beds, DJ booths, fire pits – definitely not the norm! The common areas include a speakeasy-style nightclub, rooftop patio and bar, and a rooftop pool and spa.
The Progress & Challenges
The project started in May of this year, first putting up a 16’ tall sound fence, then demoing the original Sky Hotel. While the demo went smoothly and safely, it was still a challenging aspect of the job given that there were occupied condos, apartments, and businesses located just feet away from the sound fence (some as close as 4 feet!). The constant communication between our project team and the community ensured a positive experience with both the neighbors and the city. In fact, we received a great email from one of the community members: “Just a quick note to let you know how nice and professional your team is/was that was in charge of the demolition of the Sky Hotel in Aspen. Your 2 head foremen did an outstanding job and were very courteous and professional.” That’s the kind of feedback that lets us know we’re doing things right!
Two by Two by Two
The tight site (just over ½ acre) means there’s not much room for lay-down, and when one piece of equipment needs to move, they all have to move. During excavation (which started in September), coordinating the flow of two excavators, three drill rigs, two fork lifts, two boom lifts, two skid steers and the dump trucks constantly entering and exiting the jobsite kept our crew busy. The drilling proved a challenge too, as the site turned out to contain large boulders that weren’t identified in the soil reports. In the end, our foundation sub (Schnabel) installed 154 piles, and we will be completing our shoring and lagging this month.
Concrete is moving along quickly. Haselden’s self-perform concrete team formed and poured the continuous footings along the building perimeter, as well as the spot footers throughout the interior. Shotcrete and slab-on-grade are underway and should be completed around the middle of January.
The W Aspen is scheduled for completion in March of 2019 and this beautiful new hotel will definitely be a crowd pleaser!