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A Halt to the Element Hotel - Marshall Fire

In 2017, Hall-Irwin was contracted by Glacier Hotels to build the Element by Westin hotel at 1 Marshall Road in Superior, CO. We constructed this 4-level, LEED certified hotel located just off the Boulder Turnpike/Hwy 36, which became a popular stop for businesspeople and tourists alike. This was such an exciting project for the community that it was mentioned on Superior’s website: https://downtownsuperior.com/element-hotel-construction-downtown-superior/.


Completed Element Hotel side seen from the Boulder Turnpike 2021

On December 30, 2021, however, the operations of this beautiful hotel came to a sudden halt, when it was completely incinerated by Colorado's most destructive wildfire ever, the Marshall Fire. The fire was named after its origination point* on Marshall Road nearly four miles west of the hotel, at the intersection with State Highway 93. Fueled by wind gusts up to 115 mph, the fire blasted through over 6,000 acres in just a few hours, destroying over 1,000 homes and businesses, and causing over $510 million in damages. Entire subdivisions were reduced to unrecoverable rubble, as was the Element Hotel. The fire was finally extinguished with the help of heavy snowfall on New Year’s Eve (the storm which caused the previous day’s extreme winds). Although the snow came as a much-needed relief from the fire, it made search and rescue missions that much more difficult, as crews had to trudge through a foot of snow over still-burning embers.


Demolition of the remains of the Element will take place in March, 2022 and plans to rebuild are underway.


*As of publication of this, the Marshall Fire's cause is still under investigation.

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