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Stepping confidently toward a better future

A ground breaking ceremony takes place in Edwards for the Sonnenalp Club's new 10,000 square foot fitness facility on Wednesday. The building is scheduled to be completed by June 1, 2016.
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About the Sonnenalp Club

For more information about Sonnenalp Club or membership opportunities, please visit www.sonnenalpgolfclub.com, or call Heidi Cofelice, Sonnenalp Club General Manager at 970-477-5375.

EDWARDS — When Johannes Faessler, Sonnenalp club members and friends broke ground for a new fitness and wellness center, the signature drink was called a Groundbreaker.

The 10,000 square foot building is a big step as the club moves forward, Faessler said.

“This is an important day,” Faessler said during the Wednesday event. “We found a recipe for what clubs will look like in the future, a club for all ages, families and friends.”

Avon-based general contractor R.A. Nelson LLC will build it. OZ Architecture of Denver designed it. It’s scheduled for completion in June.

In envisioning the new Sonnenalp Club, Faessler said they wanted clean, contemporary design, coupled with a building schedule that is efficient and attainable.

“We are very pleased with the design provided by OZ (architects), and R.A. Nelson has the impeccable reputation that will enable us to present to our members a facility that they will enjoy and frequent,” Faessler said.

Two Construction Phases

Construction will occur in two phases. The fitness center addition will begin first, followed by the restaurant remodel.

The golf course opened in 1981. The Sonnenalp got involved four years later, and by 1987 owned it. The Faesslers started building and expanding not long after.

“As it grew, it became apparent it could be much more than a golf club,” Faessler said.

As the Faesslers transformed the club into something active for residents and guests, they started asking people what they thought it could become. Those people had lots and lots of ideas.

Lifestyle-Oriented Programming

Club members and guests are looking for more family time, plus more year-round, lifestyle-oriented programming than in the past. A club with broad programming and a health and fitness facility has become a mainstay for members and, as such, the new club facilities will be designed for a multi-generational audience, Faessler said.

“Johannes Faessler is an ideal client that approaches projects with a long term view and does things right,” said R.A. Nelson president Travis Bossow.

They’re already selling memberships, and Faessler said he expects them to move briskly.

The Sonnenalp has also signed a non-owned, non-managed partnership with ClubCorp. Full members of the Sonnenalp Club now have benefits that extend throughout the country at more than 250 private club facilities.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.




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