Mortenson/WELBRO, a Joint Venture, is building the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, in Aurora, CO for RIDA Development Corporation and Marriott Hotels. This 85-acre development includes a 1,500-room hotel, more than 1.9 million square feet of hotel, retail, commercial and convention space, indoor/outdoor recreational park, and convention facility.
Mortenson is employing innovative prefabrication techniques, including one of the first projects to employ prefabricated panel that include windows. These panels were rigorously tested and fabricated on-site to ensure the enclosure system remains weather-proof. This technique allowed our teams to deliver this scope a full two months ahead of schedule, in just 10 months instead of the originally scheduled 12 months, a 17% savings.
Recreational facilities include: 800 foot Lazy River, expansive event lawns, a resort style outdoor pool, 22,000 square foot indoor pool venue with slides, tennis courts, pool bar, putting course and a basketball court. The outdoor space will be planted with native vegetation and will include walking paths.
This Colorado-styled resort will accommodate 1,500 rooms, including 110 suites, and four restaurants. The Great Room will serve as the epicenter for access throughout the resort and convention center, this space will provide fun theming elements such as an authentic railroad caboose and mountain lake with a geyser, and a 95 foot high roof at its peak.
The convention facility is connected to the Hotel Lobby by a wide pedestrian connector that is lined with retail, a marketplace and a coffee shop. The convention center incorporates three levels of exhibit space, and are served by a banquet kitchen, employee facilities, laundry support spaces, and truck loading bays.
The Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center is expected to create more than 10,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs, attracting more than 450,000 net new visitors to the state each year.