Driving into Copper nowadays, visitors may be intrigued to see a new building when they turn off of Highway 91 onto Copper Road. Gracing the entrance of the resort is the brand-new employee housing facility, Sky Chutes Landing. The first building of the project was completed this fall and employees moved into the new units beginning on November 1!
Sky Chutes Landing is an employee housing building that includes 22 rental units – a mix of studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartment units equaling 34 bedrooms. Each unit comes furnished, with an in-unit washer and dryer and was designed for comfortable, contemporary style living for Copper employees.
Since the project broke ground last year, Copper has made sustainability a priority with the construction of Sky Chutes. The first building of the project is officially National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Certified Green. Based on the certification, buildings must provide certain consumer benefits that promote a healthy home, operate efficiently and encourage sustainable lifestyles.
In order to make sure local sustainability and energy standards were met, Copper partnered with a local consulting company out of Frisco called Deeper Green to review the project. Throughout the construction of the property, Deeper Green did inspections to make sure that the building was being built well but also ventilated and insulated well.
“Why do you want a home that’s well ventilated? Well so you don’t have excessive moisture and mold and things of that nature, but ventilation creates a more comfortable living space that ultimately uses less energy than an existing home,” said Graeme Bilenduke, director of development at Copper.
Additionally, Sky Chutes units include energy star appliances, in-floor, high-efficient radiant heating, low flow faucets and toilets and utilize all LED lighting inside and outside the building. Units include vinyl flooring for durability and longevity purposes and sustainable external materials have been used on the building’s exterior.
“Right from the beginning of the project we wanted to make sure we embraced with our consultants, planners and architects the idea of constructing a sustainable project,” said Bilenduke.
Another major proponent of the project is to provide proximity to employees. Sky Chutes is located right next to a Summit Stage bus stop and next to a Copper Shuttle bus route, providing residents optimal access to local public transportation and accessibility to work and other resort facilities. They also have access to the bike path that runs over Vail Pass all the way to Frisco and throughout Summit County and other outdoor recreation activities including skiing/boarding and hiking on the mountain in the summer.
The building was also designed with the resident community in-mind. Outside the building, a community space has been created with an outdoor Ping-Pong table, two grills and outdoor seating for occupants to create an exciting place to live and to socialize.
“With this project, during the planning process, we were really mindful of who the occupants would be and what kind of amenities would our occupants desire,” said Bilenduke. “With that demographic of occupants, either young at heart or young in age, they like to gather. And right now, unfortunately we can’t do as much as we want, but we have those social gathering places in place so that when it’s time for us to come together we can.”
The inclusion of sustainable features in the new employee housing project has been incorporated as part of Copper’s greater commitment to the environment. Last season, Copper introduced Play Forever as part of a larger corporate responsibility initiative to protect the environment through efficient and responsible use of resources and to enable participation in adventure.
Copper is proud to offer an affordable and sustainable housing option to its employees in an area where housing is sometimes difficult to find. The resort is hoping to complete the second phase of the Sky Chutes Landing project, and additional 22-units, by the end of next year.