ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo. — Jan. 13, 2016 — Elk Camp Restaurant, an Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) owned and operated property on Snowmass Mountain, recently became the company’s fifth building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Aspen Skiing Company helped pioneer LEED, the premiere third-party rating system for green buildings, in 1999 with the Sundeck Restaurant on Aspen Mountain, which was one of the first eleven LEED structures in the world. Since the Sundeck achieved its Bronze-level certification, ASC has built four more LEED buildings, with one more under construction. The other buildings are the Snowmass Golf Clubhouse (Silver, and no longer owned by ASC), Holiday House employee housing (Platinum), Sam’s Smokehouse (Gold), and now Elk Camp (Silver). ASC’s new Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, ID will also be LEED certified.

“LEED certification means Elk Camp uses only the energy it needs. It helps ensure responsible operations, and it minimizes impact on the surrounding environment,” says  Project Manager Mark Vogele. “And the building happens to sit in an area with the world’s best blue/green ski runs! We couldn’t have done it without our team, which includes Cottle Carr Yaw Architects, BCER Engineering, Resource Engineering Group, and Hyder Construction.”

Elk Camp began with the deconstruction of Café Suzanne. Project managers repurposed kitchen equipment, tables and chairs, salvaged all metal and timbers for recycling or reuse, and broke up concrete on site. All told, more than 70 percent of the building and its contents were diverted from the landfill.

The building is highly energy efficient, a top priority for the project. Elk Camp beats 2009 International Conservation Code by 32 percent, in large part through a computerized energy-management system, high-efficiency glass and building envelope, 95 percent or greater mechanical equipment efficiency, and LED and fluorescent lighting.

“It’s great that we’re LEED certified,” says Aaron Shaffer, Managing Director of Facilities and Energy for ASC. “But what’s more exciting to me is that we’ve started using the building automation system to control energy use. In three years, we’ve dropped annual kilowatt hours from 401,225 to 300,451. We cut therms from 31,396 to 21,123. That’s incredible.” 

The building also features:

·         Zero VOC paints, finishes, stains, and glues

·         Interface FLOR carpet tiles made with varying degrees of renewable and recycle content. When it’s time to be replaced, the carpet can be recycled through Interface’s “Return & Recycle Program”

·         50 percent FSC-certified wood

·         Water efficient landscaping

·         Innovative wastewater technologies and water use reduction 

·         Use of outside air for refrigeration

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 Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass. The area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (5 kilometers from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (112 kilometers from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company’s website at