Village at Northstar

Village at Northstar

  • Location

    Truckee, CA

  • Market Sector


  • size

    647,614 SF

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The owner redeveloped the existing ski area base real estate into a much larger village setting, to include six new mixed-use buildings, a new plaza and main street, complete with hardscaping, landscaping, snowmelting, roads and site structures, an ice rink and cover structure, and various other associated and support structures. The development plan relocated and reconstructed the main gondola’s lower terminal building to accommodate the layout.

BG reviewed multiple systems within the development including:

  • Master planning and design
  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering, lighting design, and building commissioning services
  • Central chiller and boiler plant design
  • Design consistent with ski resort/mountain architecture
  • Coordination with multiple consultants
  • LEED certification consulting
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Additionally, BG provided general lighting for the pedestrian scale poles throughout the plaza and next to entrances to illuminate mounted decorative fixtures, downlights or the lighting for the retail signage. For visual interest, the architecture was accented by either uplighting of the dormers or lighting of the copper roof.

The different levels of light provided the owner the different schedules for each category. To accomplish this type of control a centralized lighting relay system was provided. The master relay panel located in one building with slave relay panels located in others controlled the facility. All panels were interconnected via Cat. 5 cable and the master panel was programmed to turn on and off the different categories or override the program with a master switch.

For additional QA/QC, BG provided commissioning which included document review, installation verification, and staff training.


  • Commissioning
  • Electrical
  • LEED
  • Lighting
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
Village at Northstar hotel lit up at night where BG provided MEP, Lighting, commissioning and LEED services