The estimated $280-million Montage Deer Valley hotel and resort in Empire Canyon at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, should be complete by the end of 2010.

Montage Deer Valley Resort

Jeff Mongan, a partner with developer Athens Group of Phoenix, says the structure portion has been completed by general contractor Layton Construction Co. of Sandy, Utah, with construction crews presently working on interior framing, mechanical and electrical rough-ins, and interior finishes in certain areas.

Mongan says that working in tough winter conditions and site conditions are “the biggest challenges we’ve had.”

The project site required extensive preparation. Crews installed 157 foundation piers up to 3 ft in diameter, some drilled down to 95 ft in certain areas.

The Montage Deer Valley is the third Montage project to be developed by Athens Group. The other two are in California—the Montage Laguna Beach and Montage Beverly Hills.

“The Montage Deer Valley is indeed a luxury property similar to the other Montage projects we have developed,” Mongan says. “It will compete at the high end of the marketplace.”

The design is a mountain-style lodge. It includes a generous use of stone, high ceilings and expansive windows with panoramic views of the adjacent Deer Valley ski slopes.

The ski-in, ski-out property will feature 174 guest rooms and suites, as well as 81 private residences. Year-round luxury amenities will include a 35,000-sq-ft spa, three distinct dining venues, an expansive lobby lounge with bar and terrace, and 17,000 sq ft of meeting/event space.

The project will feature three levels of heated underground parking along with retail shops. Guests will have access to 24-hour room service while the spa will offer club-style relaxation areas and locker rooms.

Each guest room will have a gas fireplace, mountain and valley views and stone bathrooms with separate glass-wall showers and soaking tubs.

The private residences are on the upper six floors of the resort.