DEW Construction recently won Engineering News Record’s 2012 Best Projects competition in the retail/hospitality category for the New York region, which includes New York, New Jersey, and New England. The award ceremony was held at ENR headquarters on November 13 in New York City. DEW won the award for their work as construction manager for Hotel Jay and Pump House Waterpark at Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vt.
“DEW couldn’t be more pleased to have the Hotel Jay and Pump House Waterpark recognized as one of the best 2012 projects in New England. The project is unique and involved a real team collaboration where everybody involved pulled their weight. It is a great accomplishment,” says Don Wells, president of DEW.
ENR is a national trade magazine published weekly by McGraw Hill and is a publication widely read by the construction industry. ENR’s Best Projects competition invites companies to submit summaries of their top construction projects, which must meet a list of criteria, including the obstacles faced during design or construction and how these challenges were managed. Companies were required to describe innovation and creativity and provide details about how their projects helped elevate industry standards.
Hotel Jay and Pump House Waterpark comprise a 272,000 square-foot space at the base of a ski resort. The 176-room hotel, clad in clapboard and shiplap siding has gas fireplaces in all guest rooms; 11 of them have solariums. The enclosed waterpark has glass walls and is topped by a convex retractable roof. The polycarbonate roof supports snow loads of up to 80 pounds per square foot.
Finding a team skilled at building a waterpark was a major hurdle for DEW. They chose Wisconsin-based Ramaker & Associates, a waterpark designer, and Canada-based OpenAire, a retractable roof manufacturer.
DEW’s major partners on the project were owner/developer Jay Peak Resort and Black River Design as lead Architect.