January 25, 2018
Scottsdale — (January 19, 2018) – Mortenson has officially joined the wolf pack! On Friday, January 19, a groundbreaking ceremony was held near Salt River Fields at the future site of Great Wolf Lodge. Attendees included the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC), Great Wolf Resorts, Gensler, Mortenson and other members of the community.
The new, 350-room all-suite hotel will be built next door to Salt River Fields, the Mortenson-built Arizona Diamondbacks' and Colorado Rockies' spring-training home. It will have:
- An 85,000-square-foot indoor water park with slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash pads
- A 27,000-square-foot family adventure center with a ropes course, miniature golf, an arcade and a live-action adventure game with interactive magic wands
- Outdoor pool with cabanas
- Animated show in the lobby
- Kids activities including yoga and story time
- Restaurants including a food court with Dunkin Donuts and Ben and Jerry's and a full-service restaurant called Barnwood
“[The new Great Wolf Lodge] is special because it creates an opportunity for Great Wolf and our company – our pack as we are called – to introduce Great Wolf Lodge to a new market and to really share a very unique and very special family resort offering we have, said Greg Miller, Great Wolf Resorts Chief Development Officer, at the groundbreaking ceremony. “We look forward to being a part of such an exciting project that SRP-MIC has created here at Talking Stick Entertainment District.”
This wasn’t an ordinary groundbreaking event. Because the land is a part of the Native American reservation – comprised of two tribes, the O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash (Maricopa) – a special blessing ceremony was performed. The blessing, performed by Ricardo Leonard, Council member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, was an O’odham prayer song to the four directions that gave respect to the use of the land and the new development. Because it was a sacred ceremony, it was asked that the song not be recorded or photographed.
“Hospitality has been a constant common value of our Community – from providing aid and shelter to settlers making their way westward, to welcoming tourists to our several award-winning hotel properties today,” stated Delbert Ray Sr., president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. “Tourism is a key economic driver for us, and we believe Great Wolf Lodge will give families another great reason to visit our Community, thus strengthening our economy as well as the East Valley region of Phoenix and the State of Arizona.”
Incorporating our six core values is important to our Mortenson team members, especially stewardship. Ben Goetter, general manager for Mortenson, commented, “We understand when you entrust us to build in your community, it is ourresponsibility to be good stewards of the community’s resources and workforce, and to always help in the development of the community’s capabilities and capacity that ultimately advance the community’s mission. We look forward to the partnership, to making a positive impact on the community, and to delivering a safe project.”
Great Wolf Lodge will be an integral part to the Scottsdale/Salt River area – not only by driving economic growth, but also by positively impacting Arizona’s workforce. We are excited to get this project started and to build something that will be in so many families memories for years to come.
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