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February 15, 2013
Kraus-Anderson completes new chalet at Spirit Mountain
DULUTH, Minn. (February 2013) – Kraus-Anderson Construction Company (KA), one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest commercial general contractors and construction managers, has completed a new 10,650-square-foot ski chalet at Spirit Mountain, a premier ski and snowboard recreation area in Duluth, Minn. Originally built in 1974, Spirit Mountain has become a year-round recreation destination for locals and tourists alike.
The new building will serve as a building block for many operations, including a base area ski chalet and a venue for banquets and meetings. Designed by DSGW Architects of Duluth, the wood-frame chalet contains a large great room with a fireplace and an expanse of windows looking up the ski slope. Other features include the year-round Riverside Bar & Grill, an outdoor patio, ski patrol room, ski rental area, and a new parking lot and bus drop-off area.
This new location off Grand Avenue provides a greater access from Duluth, and will act as a catalyst for continued private development along Grand Avenue. With the completion of the new chalet and the opening of the new “Spirit Express II” chairlift this winter, Spirit Mountain has now realized approximately 65 percent of its Master Plan, newly updated in 2008.
The total cost of the project, which includes a new “Spirit Express II” chairlift built by Spirit Mountain, is $7 million. The year-round Spirit Mountain Adventure Park features the “Timber Twister” Alpine Coaster; “Timber Flyer” Zip Line; 9-hole mini golf course; and a snow tubing park. New downhill mountain bike trails will open in the summer of 2013.
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company (www.www.krausanderson.com) is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. The company has been ranked consistently among the top Green Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News Record and has been leading the charge in sustainable design and construction for the last 20 years. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Minot, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.