Dignitaries and elected officials gathered at Mt. Hood Meadows last week for a ceremony to officially celebrate the start of construction of Sahale - a 23,500 square foot meeting and activity center that will be completed by December 2020. The new building will house the Meadows Learning Center, a new rental center and a 10,000 square foot restaurant and bar.
Meadows Chairman and CEO Matthew Drake addressed the audience about the significance of this building and what it means for Meadows guests. He spoke of the practicality of the building, which will alleviate peak day lodge congestion, saying, “This building is being constructed not to attract new guests, but to accommodate the guests we already have.” The building will house the Meadows Learning Center and rental center which will be relocated from space in the current North and South lodges. The top floor will be a 10,000 square foot restaurant and bar - and with the reallocated space in the current lodges, seating capacity will increase by sixty percent over current levels. This will definitely improve the peak day winter experience at Meadows.
The multi-purpose design of the building will also accommodate summer events and activities, such as conferences, meetings and weddings. The building features a large window view of the slopes and an outdoor deck perfect for wedding ceremonies or meeting receptions. Climate control will make the building a comfortable for events and activities year around.
Dignitaries attending Wednesday’s commemorative ribbon cutting included representatives from Clackamas and Hood River County Commissioners, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Mt. Hood National Forest, Hood River Chamber Ambassadors, the Hood River News, Bremik Construction, LRS Architects and Meadows leadership team.
Bremik Construction crews have been working on the project for more than a month and progress on the building can be viewed on a special Sahale cam.