In October 1999, eight weeks before the start of a new ski season, a fire
destroyed the Base Lodge at Mt. Creek Ski Resort (formerly Vernon Valley/Great
Gorge) in Sussex County, NJ. Immediately, the Intrawest Corporation, the
Vancouver-based client, hired The Goldstein Partnership to design and oversee
the construction of a replacement facility to open in time for the start
of the ski season. Using super fast-track design and round-the-clock construction,
a new 33,000 square foot facility, the Phoenix Lodge, was completed, staffed,
and stocked in just 63 days, much to the delight of the owner.
Nearly a quarter of a million people used the building's cafeteria, bar,
indoor climbing wall, rental shop, repair shop, and kid's camp during the
first winter. This project has received wide recognition in the architectural,
engineering, and winter sports communities, and Eli Goldstein was designated
an Extraordinary Person by The Star-Ledger for his role on the project.
The success of the Phoenix Lodge exemplifies our commitment to design excellence
under even the most extraordinary constraints. Although the issues we faced
on the Phoenix Lodge were unique, we bring the same level of innovation
to each and every one of our recreational projects.
"You developed and oversaw
the construction of a design that transformed a sliver of land sandwiched
between a student parking lot and an existing building, into an
exemplary exercise facility, which is the pride of our school and
the envy of my counterparts at other institutions..."
|- W. Phillips, Dean, Union County