East West Partners starts construction on One Snowmass

one snowmass crane
The construction crane went up after the recent snowfall on One Snowmass – the latest project now underway at Snowmass Base Village.

East West Partners announced the start of construction on One Snowmass, the two-building complex that will house an arrival center to Snowmass Base Village, 41 luxury residences and commercial properties on the ground floor, including the new Base Village Medical Center.

One Snowmass marks the fourth and fifth buildings to go under construction at Snowmass Base Village since East West Partners, the Aspen Skiing Co. and KSL Capital Partners acquired the project about one year ago. It is part of the over $600 million Snowmass Base Village project being completed by the all-Colorado ownership team. The design and construction teams – 4240 Architecture, Styleworks Interior Design and Haselden Construction – also are all Colorado-based. Construction is expected to be complete on One Snowmass in fall 2019.

“Living at One Snowmass will mean being closer to all activities on the mountain and at the new base village, while still offering the privacy of a spacious residence,” said Andy Gunion, managing partner of East West Partners.

“Building in the mountains comes with its challenges,” said Haselden Project Manager Brent Haselden. “The first month of the project, it snowed over 60 inches! But it’s definitely worth it to be working on this amazing project.”

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One Snowmass conceptual rendering. Courtesy Jeff Brink Inc.

With a glass walkway connecting its two-buildings, the complex features a mountain contemporary style that updates the Aspen area’s iconic 1960s ski lodges and mining architecture with distinguishing sloped rooflines and a strikingly contemporary façade. The design is meant to usher in a new architectural era for Snowmass Village and the dynamic Snowmass Base Village that is rising up with it.

As 4240 Architecture and the design team began to sketch and draw in the early phases of design, they were inspired by low-sloped iconic roof forms and large expanses of glass prominent in the early ski-lodges of the ’60s and ’70s, according to Christian Barlock, principal in charge for 4240.

“By way of their form, these lodges celebrated the romance of skiing and the mountain setting,” Barlock said. “To capture and celebrate that idea at One Snowmass, 4240 redefines an earlier era through contemporary and authentic mountain architecture.

“The project elevates traditional slope-side architecture with a rooftop pool that cantilevers out to an infinity edge – maintaining the focus on the gorgeous mountain setting while adding a modern, luxurious experience,” Barlock continued. “Roof forms’ deep overhangs were intentionally designed to hold snow, capture views, and provide architectural reference to traditional forms. The palette of materials – floor-to-ceiling glass (16-foot expanse in penthouse units), metal siding, simulated wood siding and dry-stacked stone were selected for their timelessness and to compliment the village core architecture.”
One Snowmass is pursuing LEED Gold certification and Certified Healthy designations to ensure energy efficiency and the healthiest living experience possible. The building has rooftop solar panels, increasing the building’s sustainability.

The commercial space will include potential restaurant and retail spaces, along with the yoga studio and the new medical clinic.

One Snowmass also will provide an arrival center for visitors with an updated transit center and a check-in lobby for base village owners and visitors. Completion of One Snowmass also will finish the now partially completed garage, allowing full use of the base village garage for the first time. It also will be home to four employee housing residences: two two-bedroom and two one-bedroom units.

“This is our first project with East West and they’ve been a truly wonderful client to work with – we appreciate that having this project designed and built by Colorado-based companies is very important to them,” Haselden said.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…