This unique 250,000-square-foot spa resort is cut into the granite top of Royce Mountain, about 15 kilometers (9.3 mi.) from Vernon and overlooking Lake Okanagan. It is an up-market, European-style spa resort, the likes of which has never been seen in Canada.
The name Sparkling Hill is tied directly to the resort’s design. The owner, Gernot Langes-Swarovski, is the creator of the world-famous crystal artwork and jewelry line. As such, crystal plays a big role in the hotel’s design, and there are more than 3.5 million crystals installed in the resort.
The unique entrance area handed the PCL team some of the toughest challenges on the job, but it is also a highlight of the structure. A four-story piece of glass art that can be seen from 20 kilometers (12.4 mi.) away, it resembles a huge crystal and required an incredibly complex construction plan. Laminated glass triangles are supported by spider clips fastened to a tension wire system that, in turn, is connected to a tubular structural steel frame. For their innovative methods, the PCL survey team that worked on it won an award from the Southern Interior Construction Association.
Despite challenging terrain, record snowfall, and the fact that the project was accelerated by five months, the team finished the self-performed concrete structure two weeks early and on budget.