In one of the largest expansion at the luxury-resort in more than three years, the Stein Eriksen Lodge is constructing a brand new ballroom, a multi-million dollar construction opening in the spring. As hard hats bustle near the main entrance, a crane carefully placing beams, the process is already well underway.
The project is the first meeting-space expansion since the 2002 Winter Olympics, the resort is doubling what was previously available, enclosing a larger portion of the space for guests.
"We're fortunate to have such amazing views of Flagstaff and Empire," said Sarah Myers, the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Stein Eriksen, "and that's what you would have as a backdrop to meetings and events here. This was a need in the area, and it doubles our conference space."
The new ballroom, which is set to open in May, will seat 500 guests, making it one of the largest meeting spaces in Park City, offering views of the slopes from the 6,000 square-foot space. An entire wall made of retractable glass opens onto an additional 3,700 square feet of outside terraces, allowing a more flexible use of the space that can be divided into three separate spaces.
"I feel like the space can be used to do something a little funkier, between the indoor and outdoor space," Norman said. "This is a product that the consumer can choose to make their own, to craft into their own and distinguish the event itself."
Estimated costs for the entire project are more than $5 million. The last major enhancement to the lodge was in 2009, where the property invested $4 million to the spa, expanding square footage from 4,000 to 23,000 square feet of space.
"This was a huge space that was not being utilized before," Myers said. "It was a mostly outside space, and that was due to the temperatures, weather, the sun, all these factors.
"There was this space that was rarely used, and in the Park City marketplace, there is a demand for spaces like the one we are creating."
Meeting and convention bookings in Park City are steadily even rapidly climbing from the year before. The Park City Chamber/Bureau, which serves as a popular contact point for meeting planners looking for information about properties in the area, has been flooded with inquiries, with the number from January to July in 2012 increasing by 100 percent from the same time period last year. Nearly half of all inquiries turn into actual bookings at hotels.
"This project will be one of the largest meeting spaces in Park City," Norman said, "and it has a view that is unique."