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Deer Park Road

06/13/2018 03:08PM ● By Alesha Damerville
By Deb Olsen
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS-The building’s architecture and design are authentically Steamboat Springs, while at the same time, inarguably urbane. Contemporary custom steelwork combines with rustic timber to create a building that has quickly become the showpiece of Steamboat’s mountain community.

The structure houses Deer Park Road Management Company, LP, a multi-fund investment management company. Visitors walk into the firm’s lobby, which has a contemporary fireplace, rough-hewn wood beams, custom coffee table, sleek, curved reception desk, rock wall accents and a steel staircase. 

Two works by local artists occupy prominent positions on the ground floor: Sandy Graves’ bronze mural of an alpenglow mountainscape and Jorge Torrella’s stained glass window depicting iconic Steamboat scenes. 

The lobby precisely defines the building’s character. It is apparent from the minute you come through the door that this structure is not only a piece of art in its own right, it also serves as the backdrop for local, regional, national and international masterpieces. 

“There’s a continuous interpretation of regional forms,” says Brandt VanderBosch of Vertical Arts, the project’s architecture firm. “It feels like an elevated sculptural building.” 

Deer Park Road’s CEO, Michael Craig- Scheckman, is the man behind the vision. “It is all crafted around Michael,” VanderBosch explains. When the Craig- Scheckmans moved to Steamboat in 2003, his investment business was housed in multiple offices in Ski Time Square, and was soon cramped for space. 

“We knew we were still growing,” Craig-Scheckman says. “It wasn’t convenient to be so spread out.” 

It may not have been an ideal work situation, but it was ski-in/ski-out, an amenity Craig-Scheckman maintained at the new location, which is steps away from the lower terminal of Wildhorse Gondola. ‘Wouldn’t it be too much of a temptation to sneak away to the slopes?’ one may wonder. 

“Who says we don’t?” Craig-Scheckman says with a twinkle in his eye. The building was designed in part to promote employee and client health and well-being through interaction with the outdoors. A weight room, locker room, ski/bike storage area and showers are part of the facility. 

Office space occupies the second and third floors of the building. Most employees work in centralized studios with multiple work stations, where they are connected with stock exchanges around the world. Corner offices house senior executives, and each floor has its own conference room. “This facility is fantastic. Being so close to the other teams is helpful, too,” says managing director Scott Gibson. 

The pièce de resistance may be Craig-Scheckman’s personal office, which features artwork he and his wife have collected in their travels. Southwestern art and Eastern antiquities prevail. An intricately carved, 18th century door from India, set into glass, serves as Craig-Scheckman’s conference table. His desk is a solid piece of marble, and one wall features custom shelves that house artifacts from Africa, India, Mexico and other locales. He has two seats from the old Yankee stadium on his balcony, which overlooks the gondola and Mount Werner. 

The top floor of Deer Park Road is ideally suited for relaxation and entertainment. Indoors is a chef’s kitchen, fireplace and seating areas, plus entertainment system; the adjacent, wrap-around balcony offers an additional seating area underneath heat lamps and an outdoor kitchen. “What space would be complete without a grill?” Craig- Scheckman quips. “This is kind of a ‘wow’ space.” 

Even the bathrooms were designed with an eye for art. Each is unique and includes at least one piece of art, but all are fitted with Japanese toilets, which boast heated seats and bidet functions. Perhaps the most artistically interesting of all the bathrooms is the one off of the penthouse lounge. A mosaic of clouds and birds dominates the ceiling, while the cabinetry is distinctively Santa Fe, with heavy carved wood and tilework. 

Sooner or later, employees at Deer Park Road, who work odd hours in order to stay connected to the world’s markets, are bound to get hungry. With that thought in mind, space for a restaurant was drawn into the building’s original plans. Brick serves wood fired pizza and other Mediterranean-inspired entrées nightly; it is open to the public. The contemporary décor complements the overall design of Deer Park Road. 

Brick and the entire complex are the focal point of Wildhorse Meadows. “The area in front of the building essentially forms a public plaza. They are providing a big amenity for the whole area,” VanderBosch says.

The building is not only an artistic showpiece, it is also both a smart building and a sustainable one. It earned the city’s Green Globe designation as an energy model. It has a tight water system, a full wrap of insulation and automatic shades that control temperatures in the predominantly glass building. “It is proof that you can do both,” says Sarah Tiedeken, project architect. 
Deer Park Road is, in essence, a realization of Steamboat Springs’ aspirations to preserve its heritage while moving into the 21st century.

Architecture: Vertical Arts
Builder: HLCC Construction
Interior Design: Stēl House and Home
Brick Restaurant Contracting: Vaussa
Cabinetry- Fedewa Custom Works Inc.

Photography by Hive 180

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