NORTH CREEK - After years of planning and permitting efforts, construction progress can now be seen at The Ski Bowl Village at Gore Mountain. A welcome center as well as a two-unit townhouse are in their construction phase.
FrontStreet began the construction in the fall of 2009 and great care has been taken to blend the new roads, driveways and buildings into the natural setting of the mountain side, according to Mac Crikelair, project manager for FrontStreet. The FrontStreet objective is to create a unique Adirondack project in a setting that compliments the natural surroundings and offers ski-in / ski-out access to Gore Mountain.
"We have had to take our time and be careful in this economy," said Crikelair. "I think we are doing a pretty good job of it."
The buildings are designed as one large structure in the tradition of the Adirondack Great Camps. The first Lodge will contain two townhouse units, each over 2,650 square feet and will include natural materials including Adirondack logs and siding, as well as local granite stone with garnet tracings.
Activity is also under way to complete the unique Adirondack style Gate House at the Ski Bowl Village entrance. This building will be utilized for information, marketing and security, as well as for construction coordination. It will be constructed of stone, timber and natural wood shingles.
The private lodges in the Ski Bowl Village project are all designed to reduce energy consumption and achieve a high level of energy efficiency that meets Energy Star standards and exceeds NYS requirements by more than 25%. The lodge energy consumption will be significantly lower than conventionally designed new buildings.
This has been achieved by using advanced construction techniques, an extremely tight envelope of insulation, heat recovery ventilation, a geothermal energy source for heat and air conditioning, double insulated glass, Energy Star rated appliances, propane fireplaces and compressor waste heat recovery to preheat domestic hot water.
FrontStreet is also dedicated to providing work to local companies as a result of the advances at Ski Bowl Village. In Style Flooring of North Creek is one of the contracted companies providing services in the development process.
"One of our biggest priorities is to use local products and create job opportunities in the surrounding communities," said Crikelair.
The Ski Bowl Village at Gore Mountain project will be built out in phases. The project site has been permitted for up to five hotels, over 130 townhouses and a select number of single family residences.
FrontStreet has now launched the first phase of the Ski Bowl Village project, which will include up to fourteen townhouse units, the initial phase of a Country Inn, as well as associated infrastructure and a wastewater treatment facility. Construction of additional Great Camp Lodges, as well as the initial portions of the Country Inn, are scheduled for the spring.
FrontStreet is welcoming attention from the public and would be happy to answer question or to offer tours of the new building. For more information or to schedule a tour, please visit www.SkiBowlVillage.com or www.TheHudsonLodge.com, or call 754-2695.