With all of the many improvements that the Antlers has made over the years, we know that our real Achilles’ Heel is the south (original) elevator. Clearly it does not begin to match the Platinum quality that we have worked so hard to achieve in the condominiums, and all around the property. Although we have spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to make that elevator acceptable, the handwriting is on the wall that it just needs to be completely replaced.
While it would seem logical to replace the elevator in its current location (and as much as we’d like to), due to current code issues and a myriad of physical constraints, it’s just not feasible. Fortunately, local architect Henry Pratt has helped us to identify a new, alternative location in the southeast corner of the courtyard. It’s next to the area that we currently use as bicycle storage in the summer. We’ll still have to cut through the post tension slabs that comprise the garage and parking deck. That isn’t cheap or easy, but at least it’s viable. With that new location comes the opportunity to make some much needed improvements to the lobby, front desk, reception area and associated office spaces. If we’re going to be considered a Platinum rated property, those spaces also need to be upgraded to that level of quality, just as the condominiums have been.
A much more welcoming entrance will give our guests and owners a far better first impression. For anyone who has visited grand hotels or five-star resorts and observed how much gets invested in the arrival experience, it’s easy to understand the importance of that concept … particularly in the hospitality business. A two story structure with vaulted ceilings will replace the Antlers current one-level front desk “pill box”, offering much more efficiency in addition to the radically improved aesthetics.
Fortunately, at a recent special meeting of the Antlers owners, there was overwhelming consensus to do what needs to be done, even if it is quite expensive. The total cost of the project is around four million dollars! We’re lucky that our ownership understands and appreciates the need to provide a great product for our guests … throughout the building. Those that have been around for awhile also remember that similar investments they’ve made in the past, have been more than offset by the increased value of their property.
The plan now is to break ground in April 2019, at the end of ski season. We’ll have to be closed for a couple months during demolition and the heaviest construction, but we think we can do a “soft” re-opening by mid to late summer (look for some awesome deals on rentals at that point). Then we should be 100% complete and ship shape in time for the 2019-2020 ski season. Stay tuned for more information!