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Timber Lodge looking good

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily TribuneIt's only a few feet from the Timber Lodge to the gondola.

From the look of the wooden vaulted ceilings and iron tri-level chandelier in the soon-to-open lobby, Timber Lodge designers returned to a rustic mountain elegance to send South Lake Tahoe into the next century of urban planning.

The blueprints of the $125 million Marriott time-share hotel — due to complete its second-floor sales center at Stateline Aug. 15 — received part of their creative inspiration from pictures in books of Tahoe history, said chief designer Joe Mamayek of Jung/Brennan Associates in Boston.

Mamayek, who also spearheaded the design of the Grand Residence — Marriott’s sister property located a stone’s throw away — recalled thumbing through pictures during the creative process and stopping at a photograph of the Tahoe Tavern. The elegant lodge was built in 1898 by William Bliss.

“It’s been a long process to get these buildings built. We had to look back in time to anything comparable,” Mamayek said Tuesday. “We were trying to create the unique vistas of the mountains.”

Duane Barringer, the Timber Lodge project manager for Perini Construction Company, said tradition makes up a large part of the hotel’s architecture and selection of materials.

The fabrics and design patterns were influenced by authentic Native American motifs.

The architectural design angles of the Timber Lodge are a little more conventional than the nearby sister property.

The Timber Lodge is also a traditional time-share, with units renting out on a week-to-week basis. The Grand Residence condominium complex offers quarter-to-whole ownerships.

Swimming pools and hot tubs will surround both hotels outside in their courtyard areas, and valet parking will be offered. Inside, the units use carpets, paint and furniture with similar Alpine-like colors — light yellow, green, brown and burgundy.

All of the Timber Lodge’s 137 units come with fireplaces, refrigerators, microwaves and dishwashers. The units, taking up one-third of the 45,000-square-foot second floor, should be done at the end of next week, Barringer said.

“I personally like the decor. It lays out well,” he said.

Barringer estimated the crews of 250 workers employed by 30 subcontractors have completed 92 percent of the Timber Lodge’s cedar-lined exterior, which from the first-floor lobby’s western side sits about 15 feet from the Heavenly Gondola entrance. He also believes Perini, as the $125 million job’s primary contractor, is 85 percent finished with the interior.

The crews have worked 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. shifts.

“There have been a lot of long hours (put in) here,” Barringer said.

Barringer said the hotel has remained on schedule to open in November, along with the Grand Residence complex located 400 feet west off Highway 50 and Park Avenue.

Outside the Timber Lodge’s east entrance, SMC Contracting of Reno is performing excavation work for the city’s proposed transit center. Contractor Superintendent Willie Razo expects to have the job complete by January, he said.

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