The YMCA of the Rockies is the largest complex in the Estes Park area and one of the largest employers of local residents and international students. The increased capacity of 100 guest rooms in the Long’s Peak Lodge and the 1,300 guest capability of the Assembly Hall are instrumental in the YMCA’s evolution into a world class, international conference destination, from which the town of Estes Park will also benefit.
The project respects the long history of the campus and surrounding area while achieving a high level of quality and modern comforts. One way that respect for the past was achieved was in the preservation and relocation of buildings on the site. The 3D models created in AutoDesk 3DStudio Max were instrumental in the design process and finish selections and served as a valuable tool to pre-sell the facilities’ amenities for future conferences and guests prior to construction start.
The Long’s Peak Lodge utilizes a centralized boiler system that provides heat for the lodge, and also incorporates the mechanical system that will provide heat for the neighboring Ramshorn Mountain and Emerald Mountain Lodges. This simplifies maintenance with one system rather than three. The Lodges used prefabricated wall sections to minimize site waste and allowed for an aggressive construction schedule. The Lodge’s unique staircase was custom built using Pine Beetle kill timber.