W Hotel Aspen

W Hotel Aspen

  • Location

    Aspen, CO

  • Market Sector


  • size

    122,666 SF

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BG provided mechanical, electrical, lighting and technology systems engineering design and construction administration services for the complete demolition and construction renewal of the former Sky Hotel. The new hotel is operated by W Hotels Worldwide. Slope-side at Aspen Mountain, the former hotel has been a hotspot in Aspen for decades. The renewed hotel maintains the original Aspen spirit as a gathering place for both locals and guests. The hotel will consist 88 guest rooms designed by Nema Workshop and 11 fractional residences designed by Rowland + Broughton. With a focus on dynamic food and beverage, programming includes a full restaurant and multiple bars, as well as other amenities, including a fully snowmelted 12,000 SF rooftop bar and pool complete with three spas overlooking Aspen Mountain.

Bordered by roadways on all sides by roadways and Aspen ski area, and with a full guest experience program on the roof, integrating the various MEP systems into the architecture to realize the desired guest experience in this highly visible location was a primary challenge. To accomplish this objective, BG worked closely with the architectural design and construction teams to find the right balance of invisibility and maintainability for the large central plant equipment as well as the various components such as exhaust fans and plumbing vents which are usually simply scattered across the roof. Within the guest rooms and residences, the MEP and technology systems are also closely integrated with interiors. The sleek and creative furniture and interiors include many “built-in” pieces which house lighting, technology and power systems components.

Check out this article in CREJ to learn more about the project!

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  • Plumbing
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Beautiful color-changing LED detail of these acrylic poles with little colored lights shooting down into the acrylic from above as a way to divide the space and make the banquettes feel more private.
This image highlights the funky focal point of the DJ Booth Egg. The booth has a lot of internal illumination and it seems to glow. There is also a nice ceiling cove detail where the light is lighting up the gyp ceiling in the center of the room, top left of the photo.
The linear grazer that is housed in the base of the brass pole screen makes the brass screen sparkle. The backlit mirror at the end of the room allures patrons and creates a sense of wonder. but with a good balcony view of everything that is happening below.
The shuffleboard table is super fun and funky. There is a nice cove detail. The downlights highlight the table well (although you can see some light is spilling over the side of the shuffleboard table on the shadow on the ground). There is a funk linear light detail in the wood screen element around the TV.
Nice backlit mirror halo detail. Surface-mounted decoratives with a mirrored interior cast some funky patterned light about the space and onto the curtains.
The dining area is warm and inviting. (warm color temperature connotates orangey yellow hue). There are many layers of light throughout the dining area. There is a nice cove detail on the gyp ceiling. There is a fun back lit glass element in the triangles behind the bar, which make the wood pattern feel like a silhouette. There is a fun under bar linear tape light that emphasizes the undulating pattern of the wood textured bar front. There is also ample light on the bar top which helps patrons to see their food and beverages.
There is a nice wall graze effect going down the wood textured wall in the back. There is a nice stair stringer lighting detail along the steps going up to the second level. The project is fun and funky with lots of textures and movement in the aesthetic that the interior designer went for.