Winter Park Resort’s Lunch Rock recognized for environmental excellence
WINTER PARK – SKI Magazine and the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) have recognized Winter Park Resort’s new Lunch Rock Restaurant with the 2015 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence.
The honor is the ski industry’s highest environmental award and was bestowed at the NSAA annual convention in San Francisco, Calif.
Lunch Rock Restaurant was tops among environmental projects at all large resorts (more than 500,000 visits annually) nationwide due to the sustainability of its construction and extensive utilization of repurposed materials, according to a statement from the resort. Adhering to the U.S. Forest Service’s Built Environmental Image Guide, Lunch Rock was singled out for its minimal construction disturbance and the use of natural materials such as wood and rock in both the exterior and interior.
Recycled material including pine beetle wood and snow fences from Wyoming were used prominently throughout the building in siding, furniture, cabinets, signs, and doors. Lunch Rock also features CFL and LED electrical fixtures and bulbs along with low-flow water fixtures. The electrical and gas usage is monitored and controlled remotely to reduce energy use, and there is a state-of-the-art interpretive display, providing guests with current information on the resort, the local forest district, and the importance of clean water.
Lunch Rock was recognized as well for staying true to the storied history of the area while incorporating modern construction techniques designed to protect and preserve the fragile, high-alpine environment to which it belongs.
This is the first time Winter Park Resort has earned the Golden Eagle accolade, which has been awarded annually since 1994.
For more information about the Lunch Rock Restaurant project, visit: http://www.lunchrock.co/.
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When the Braidwood Condominiums in Winter Park were built in the 1980s, the building lacked hallways wide enough for wheelchairs, walls between units were slim and the fire suppression system couldn’t compare to modern requirements.