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Xanterra Parks & Resorts and the National Park Service Constructing
New Restaurant Facility in Crater Lake National Park;  A Model
for Future National Park Buildings 

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CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, November 3, 2005 - A 10,443-square-foot restaurant and retail building is scheduled to open in the Mazama Village area near the south entrance of Crater Lake National Park in spring 2006. The building was under construction throughout the 2005 season and is now nearing completion. 
  
The new facility will greatly enhance the visitor experience by bringing for the first time a full range of services to the Mazama Village area of the park.  It will also disperse congestion from the Rim Village area of the park. The building is being constructed as part of the concessions facilities improvement program between Xanterra Parks & Resorts and the National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with the NPS Visitor Services Plan.
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Xanterra's long-time commitment to environmental sustainability is clearly reflected in the construction of the new facility.  The building is targeted for LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. Features of the building's sustainable architectural design include sustainably harvested wood products, state-of-the-art HVAC systems, an airlock vestibule to limit air infiltration, energy used to reheat interior spaces and formaldehyde-free and post-consumer recycled materials. The new facility will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy purchases and has fixtures to help reduce water consumption by 40 percent. Additionally, during construction measures were taken to preserve many trees normally targeted to be removed, and steps were taken to reduce the impact of the construction footprint.
  
Xanterra Parks & Resorts general manager and project facilitator Dominie Lenz is confident the facility will be a model for future national park buildings.
  
"Our goal in constructing this future landmark is to retain the classic lodge look similar to the grandeur of the Crater Lake Lodge," said Lenz. "We are constructing this building with the intention of it one day becoming a historic landmark."
  
The National Park Service has undertaken several other construction projects, including renovation and construction of a Rim Village building located near the Crater Lake Lodge. Work on that building will continue through 2006. The rehabilitated structure will house a smaller retail shop and deli operation.
  
The 183,224-acre Crater Lake National Park was established in 1909 as the country's fifth national park. The park was created to protect Crater Lake, located in the caldera that resulted from the collapse of an ancient volcano. At 1,947 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country. It is surrounded by lava walls 500 to 2,000 feet high.
  
The four-story stone-and-wood Crater Lake Lodge is located 15 miles from the north entrance to the park and seven miles from the south entrance. The lodge's striking Great Hall boasts a massive stone fireplace that is its architectural trademark and a world-renowned example of the elegance and rustic grandeur of early national park lodges.
  
Crater Lake Lodge is typically open from mid-May through mid-October. For reservations at Crater Lake Lodge or Cabins at Mazama Village or for more information, call (1) 541-830-8700 or visit www.craterlakelodges.com
 
Xanterra Parks & Resorts (consisting of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. and Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.) operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country's largest national park concessioner. Xanterra  operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone, the North Rim of Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Petrified Forest and Everglades national parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.; Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and eight Ohio State Parks. Its affiliate Xanterra South Rim, L.L. C. operates concessions at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
  
Long committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, Ecologix, Xanterra Parks & Resorts' environmental program, includes a variety of proactive environmental stewardship programs in each location. Xanterra has been repeatedly recognized for its environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
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Contact:

Mesereau Public Relations
(1) 720-842-5271
mona_mesereau@msn.com
 www.craterlakelodges.com
www.xanterra.com

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Also See: Xanterra Parks & Resorts Using Renewable Wind- and Geothermal-generated Electricity to Power 10% of the Electricity Used in Zion and Crater Lake National Park Lodges / November 2003
Built 100 Years Ago - The Old Faithful Inn a Model of Parkitecture / April 2004


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