SUNDANCE, UTAH (September, 2010)—Sundance Resort officially opens its new Redford Conference Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm mountain time on September 16. The new Redford Conference Center is the latest fulfillment of Robert Redford's vision for this special place: a place that integrates artistic expression, environmental responsibility and successful commerce, a place for personal and social transformation.
The environmentally friendly building provides nearly 3500 square feet of meeting space featuring reception areas that wrap the building and transition the outdoors with the interiors, a large fireplace, and design elements that are consistent with the Sundance style of rustic elegance and offer all the amenities and comforts that are desired by both meeting and social event planners. The opening of the Redford Conference Center is coincidental to the final stages of a multi-million dollar lodging room renovation that will make the resort even more desirable for retreats, conferences and weddings.
"The opening of this new conference center is quite an accomplishment for Sundance and one that promises to offer a think tank for innovative ideas, as well as generating new energy and creativity to those who gather here. At Sundance, we always hope to inspire creativity, and this new space offers a place to gather in the spirit of independent thought. It was imperative that this building was built with the environment in mind and features natural materials, as well as energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting," commented Robert Redford, owner of Sundance Resort.
Set amidst a grove of spruce and pine, nestled beside a wandering mountain stream with Mt. Timpanogos soaring above it, the Redford Conference Center offers an intimate meeting and event space with a matchless outdoor experience. Hand placed stone hearths, reclaimed barnwood, geothermal heating and cooling, and a lawn that is ideal for events makes the Redford Conference Center a truly remarkable space, a unique place that is a welcome alternative to more typical commercially franchised product.
Mr. Redford's dedication to the remarkable land that is Sundance over the past 41 years has guided every building, every enterprise and every decision with careful examination before any dirt is moved, any rock placed and form extended. As process blends with place the result is an unmatched resort experience with artistic, environmental and recreational opportunities for every guest, family and group.
Great care was given to making the new building environmentally friendly. The geothermal heating and cooling, which allows the building to be heated in winter by pulling heat from the ground deep below the building and supplementing that heat to bring it to the desired temperature; in summer, heat from the building is dispersed deep in the ground, allowing for efficient cooling.
Other key environmental features include:
The Redford Conference Center will be home to many meetings and weddings for decades to come, but unlike many other places, it will also be home to the unique programmatic events that distinguish Sundance Resort, events that include leadership conferences, the Sundance Author Series, specialty retreats and topical summits.
"The opening ofthe Redford Conference Center initiates a new era for the Sundance Resort, one where service, spirit, innovation and creativity are taken to the next level at this special place. We are very pleased to be opening this new conference center where I'm sure many special moments, ideas, discussions will no doubt be inspired," commented Chad Linebaugh, Sundance General Manager.
Since Sundance's humble beginnings, Robert Redford has allowed the creative process to unfold leading to what is now a world-class destination resort. Listed in Conde Nast Traveler's Fifteenth Annual 2009 Gold List, ranked ninth in the magazine's 2008 Top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay and second for the 2008 Gold List Best of Food, the resort stayed true to Redford's original vision as it also ranks third in the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition for Environmental Stewardship.
ABOUT SUNDANCE RESORT
Nestled at the base of 12,000-foot Mt. Timpanogos, the Sundance Resort is a 5,000-acre destination resort, committed to maintaining the balance of art, nature and recreation. Sundance offers diverse mountain recreation experiences and encourages the cultivation of art and self-expression, as well as the preservation of the land. Created by Robert Redford, Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration, featuring 100 well-appointed cottages and homes consistent with the Sundance brand. The Sundance family of companies includes the Sundance Resort, Sundance Institute, Sundance Channel, Sundance Cinemas and Sundance Catalog. For more information on Sundance, call 801-225-4107 or visit our website, www.sundanceresort.com.