The project was the largest hotel under construction in U.S. at the time.

Gaylord Rockies Resort and Conference Center

Aurora, Colorado

Integrated Project Delivery for a Modern Hospitality Resort

The Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center Resort, located within the City of Aurora, has an iconic place along the Colorado Front Range and is in close proximity to the Denver International Airport. With views of the downtown Denver skyline and the Colorado Rockies as a backdrop, the Gaylord Rockies was modeled after at ski town lodge invoking the quintessential Colorado experience. 

The project’s first phase is comprised of over 1,500 hotel rooms and approximately two million square feet of hotel, convention center, ballrooms, meeting rooms, restaurants, and amenities. We led the civil design on the 85-acre resort and on the three miles of offsite roadway, utility, and channel improvements.  As the sole local design consultant, we directed the entitlement, planning, and construction processing efforts and served as a valued team and client resource on navigating the requirements and development landscape.

We provided low-impact design techniques to minimize the development footprint through a horizontally and vertically bifurcated, inverted crown main entry that utilizes a “dry creek bed” to preliminarily treat stormwater from the site.  The project uses strategic grading that manipulates sight lines and highlights the Colorado environment. The Gaylord Rockies Resort project was performed via an integrated project delivery model, which resulted in the delivery of the on- and off-site, regional improvements on-budget and on-time.

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1,500

hotel rooms

8

restaurants

486,012

square feet of convention space

22,000

square feet of indoor/outdoor swimming pools

Services

  • Site/Civil Engineering
  • Land Planning & Development

Markets

  • Private Sector

Regions

  • West
  • site/civil
  • West
  • private sector
  • J3 Engineering
  • Land planning & development
  • hydrology
  • hydraulics
  • planning
  • entitlements

Location

Aurora, Colorado

Completion Date

2018

Owner

RIDA Development Corporation

Client

HKS, Inc.

Awards

2018 ALIS Development of the year

Square Footage

1.9 million SF

Cost

$1,052,045