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Silver Star recognized for historical preservation

The Utah Heritage Foundation recently recognized Paladin Development Partners’ Silver Star project with a 2008 Heritage Award for its rehabilitation of the old Spiro Mine buildings.

Kirk Huffaker, executive director of the foundation, said "character" is something that can’t really be built into a neighborhood. Developers often try to evoke a feel of the history of a place, and preserving historic buildings gives authenticity to that.

"It’s not always about the money they’re going to make, sometimes it’s about creating an atmosphere they want to have," he said.

The foundation gives the Heritage Award to entitites that have made an investment in preserving the history and original character of a neighborhood, he explained.

Silver Star was also recently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies. It received the Merit Award for "special projects."

"Every year we recognize top engineering projects in our state. Our awards are given to projects based on uniqueness and individuality, future value to engineering, complexity and the fulfillment of client needs," said Michael Smith, executive director.

One such client was the Sundance Institute.

"Silver Star is the perfect location for the Sundance Institute, not only from a facilities perspective the space supports our staff size expanding and contracting based on the time of year," said Jill Miller, managing director via email. "From an aesthetic and cultural standpoint, the exterior of the historic buildings combined with the contemporary interiors fit perfectly with the Sundance brand innovative and full of integrity!"

Rory Murphy of Paladin said he was proud of the project because it "was planned well and served a comprehensive spectrum of community needs."

The project encompassed affordable housing (roughly a sixth of the 120 units), historic rehabilitation, resort development (it has 20,000 square-feet of commercial space) and environmental remediation, he said.

"The historic buildings held a great deal of value and were very compelling to us," Murphy said.

The site’s close proximity to Park City Mountain Resort, trails, the golf course and, of course, Sundance, made it appealing for a project, he said.

Earlier in the year, Silver Star was named "Project of the Year" in an urban setting by the Utah Housing Coalition for its 20 worker-housing units.


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