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As part of the renovation and expansion of Stayover™ Cheecham Lodge, our intention was to differentiate away from the industrial/institutional aesthetic that is typically seen in the workforce accommodations industry. Focus groups were conducted in advance of the design process to get an objective understanding of the aesthetic that would contribute positively to the overall guest experience. Based on the research, the new common area facilities were designed to create a welcoming, comfortable residential environment. This was achieved by featuring high end finishes including stone fireplaces, knotty alder trims, and plenty of natural light allowed in by two separate clear stories. To bring an element of nature indoors, the wall panels flanking the main guest reception area introduce a floor-to-ceiling graphic treatment using photography from Banff National Park. Additional comforts for guests of the lodge include a movie theater, fitness center, conference room, and Xbox Gaming room.
Perhaps one of the most unique features applied in the new facility design was the use of two clear stories in the main public spaces of the lodge property. One clear story was introduced to the dining room. The other in the leisure/recreation complex.
The clear stories used a unique modular construction process that enabled them to be built in the factory, and installed at site.
Together, the clear stories introduce a significant amount of natural light while creating impressive vaulted ceilings, which have become a signature focal point of the property.
The entire facility takes advantage of modern modular construction processes, which offered several advantages including: • Reduction of the overall construction timeline • Improved quality control with all modules being fabricated in an indoor climate-controlled manufacturing facility • Significantly less manpower required on site during installation compared to traditional stick-built construction • Provides Williams Scotsman the ability to relocate the structures in the future should demand for rooms in the region shift over time.