Construction Off to a Strong Start at Box Elder Residence Inn

Posted: June 04, 2015

Consolidated Construction Co. Inc., a full-service design/build firm in Bismarck, N.D., announces that the construction of the Residence Inn and continued development of WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort in Rapid City, S.D. continues on schedule.

Development plans are complete, and the project will be constructed in three phases. Located at Exit 61 in Rapid City, the WaTiki complex will compete on a national level with other water park destinations by combining an expansive indoor water park, thrilling ride packages and modern, functional hotel facilities.

“A trend in hospitality now is the renewed popularity of large projects that mix hospitality, entertainment, workplace, and other functions,” said Gene Schleusner, Director of Hospitality with Consolidated Construction.

 “Rapid City’s regional position as a hub and tourist draw makes it an ideal location for a multi-faceted development, where guests can attend a conference during the day, and still bring the family for a mini-vacation.”

Work on Phase One is under way, with a new 144-room Residence Inn by Marriott scheduled to open early in the summer of 2015. The hotel will feature spacious, residential-style studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites larger than traditional hotel guestrooms. Updated kitchens will feature full-sized refrigerators and brand name appliances. Large workspaces, free high-speed Internet access, sectional sofas, 40-inch flat screen televisions and luxurious bathrooms will provide guests the extra space and amenities they need to work and relax, all in the same space.

The Residence Inn’s redesigned public spaces continue the work-stay-play philosophy, with multi-functional living spaces where guests can relax. The open communal space will allow guests to connect with friends, family or colleagues in a modern living room style lounge, or gather around the fire pit in the outdoor, open-air living room.

In Phases Two and Three, respectively, the largest indoor water park in the Dakotas will more than double in size, to over 70,000 square feet, and a conference center will be built to accommodate up to 400 attendees. The water park expansion is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015, with a tentative opening in spring of 2016. Work on the conference center could begin in the fall of 2015.

The water park addition will feature an expansive, state-of-the-art arcade room, a large wave pool capable of generating waves up to 4 feet tall, a huge projection screen overlooking the pool, dual mat racer slides, a bonsai slide dropping daring riders out of a capsule at 35 mph, and the all-new Aqualoop slide taking riders on a full 360-degree loop at up to 40 mph. An indoor-outdoor hot tub with sun deck and swim-up bar will be a favorite spot to relax and enjoy the 82 degree temperature year around. A large activity pool with 4 basketball hoops and a climbing wall will complete the new attractions.

Liv Hospitality of Rapid City is developing the project and will operate the hotel, conference center and waterpark.