Solar Panels Installed at Sky Chutes Landing Employee Housing, Copper Mountain
Solar panels were installed recently at Sky Chutes Landing, the newest employee housing facility at Copper Mountain. Located along the southern property line, the panels provide a buffer between the Alpine Lot and the neighborhood while offsetting the neighborhood’s energy use.
Norris Design worked with Copper Mountain to amend the planned unit development (PUD) to address affordable housing, land use, parking and open space improvements. Following the PUD amendment, Norris Design provided site planning and landscape architectural services for the site.
With the first phase now complete and employees newly moved in, Sky Chutes Landing consists of two apartment buildings that include 22 units. Amenities in the pocket park include a community table with the option for table tennis, barbeque grills, seating nodes, a lawn area nestled by plantings and berms, and a bike shelter and fix-it station located at the entrance to the community trail.
The neighborhood is well connected to multi-modal transportation and includes outdoor amenities for residents and the broader community. Each unit has large windows to maximize views and solar exposure, with soundproofing to block the noise of the adjacent highway. Natural materials create a warm and inviting entry to Copper Mountain, and a beautiful place for employees to live.
Sky Chutes Landing is deed restricted with priority given to the employees of Copper Mountain. Approximately half of the units have an average Area Median Income (“AMI”) of 70% and the other half are specifically for employees of the ski resort with rental rates established by Copper Mountain Human Resources to ensure affordability is sustained.