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Black Butte Ranch $11.5 million upgrade coming


Property owners at Black Butte Ranch, the 1,800-acre Central Oregon destination resort community west of Sisters, have approved an $11.5 million lodge area development plan.

The plan was sent out to vote on October 7th to 1,251 Black Butte Ranch property owners, and the approval was announced last week.

The improvements will include a new lodge swimming pool (80 percent larger than the existing pool), an outdoor hot tub, new bistro and retail area with outdoor dining and poolside service, locker rooms, fitness facility, recreation center and playground. The plan also calls for improvements to parking and landscaping.

Construction is set to begin next September, with a completion targeted for June 2015.

Based on the proposal and initial estimates, homeowners will pay a maximum assessment of $5,000 per lot, and Black Butte plans to borrow up to $5.5 million.

“I’m really proud of my neighbors, that they’ve stepped up to fund this project, and that we are sustaining the unique properties of Black Butte into the future,” said Mark Pilkenton, a homeowner and chairman of the Black Butte Ranch board of directors.

The development team includes THA Architecture, Walker Macy Landscape Architecture, Kirby Nagelhout Construction, Ranch management and several homeowners.

The magnificent site sits between the original modernist Ranch buildings from the early 1970s: the award-winning Country House Condominiums and the main Lodge. The new design is inspired by both the barn-like simplicity of the Country House Condominiums and the abstract land form roof lines of the Lodge, while evolving the Ranch’s building tradition into a progressive vision for the future.

“The final site plan provides a visitor experience that reinforces the Central Oregon landscape and the Ranch’s reputation as a venerable Central Oregon resort,” said Thomas Hacker, founding principal of THA Architecture.

The site design, developed with Walker Macy, continues the classic Black Butte Ranch arrival sequence: sweeping movement traveling through the site and unfolding views of the Cascade Mountains.

The new buildings are arranged along an arcing pathway connecting a renovated parking area to the Lodge with each new building having its entry on this path. The openings of the architecture become apertures for viewing the Central Oregon landscape, including a soon-to-be classic Ranch view of the new swimming pool on axis with nearby Mt. Washington.

“The value proposition of the lodge area redevelopment is very strong, and the extremely positive support from homeowners is indicative of the resort’s long-term ability to drive memorable guest and owner experiences,” said Scott Huntsman, president and CEO of Black Butte Ranch.

About Black Butte Ranch |
Black Butte Ranch is perfectly positioned for an authentic Central Oregon cascade experience. The 1,800-acre destination community, located seven miles west of Sisters on Highway 20, is nestled beneath the Cascade Mountain range with sweeping views of Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Black Butte, Broken Top, Three Fingered Jack and Mount Jefferson. The family-friendly property offers an array of lodging accommodations, two championship golf courses, four swimming pools, award-winning restaurants, a full-service spa and abundant four-season recreational opportunities.

About THA Architecture |
THA Architecture, founded in 1983 by Thomas Hacker, is recognized for the design of public buildings and urban spaces. Libraries, university buildings, museums, theaters and urban design have formed the core of the work. The firm has received national, regional and local design awards, has won three national design competitions and has been published internationally in five languages. THA was recently awarded the 2013 Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects for the Northwest and Pacific Region.

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