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Sage Hospitality Selected by Metropolitan State College of Denver to Develop
and Operate a 190-room Campus Hotel and Learning Center for
the School’s Hospitality Program


Denver, CO –September 23,2009 - Sage Hospitality, a nationally recognized leader in hotel development and management, today announced that it will join an innovative public –private partnership with The Metropolitan State College of Denver and M.A. Mortensen Co. to develop and operate a 190-room hotel slated to house the school’s rapidly expanding Hotel Learning Center.   Mortensen Co. will serve as the developer /contactor and Sage will provide management services for the hotel, which is expected to open in 2012.

The Sage/Mortensen group was selected by Metro State from a highly competitive pool of 20 RFP’s that were submitted in response to solicitation of proposals for the project. The $30 million hotel will be owned by the college’s foundation. A capital campaign for an additional $8.5 million to finance the cost of classrooms, faculty offices, a wine cellar and a teaching kitchen at the hotel will also be launched.

“This is very different from doing just a private venture, and it has benefits for the community including the hotel learning center, jobs, as well as new tax sources for the city and state,” said Walter Isenberg, co-founder, president and CEO of Sage Hospitality Resources. 
"The hotel will provide innovative experiential learning opportunities for hospitality and tourism students. That’s an additional benefit that is very exciting.”

Envisioned to create a gateway to Denver’s Central Business District and the Auraria campus, the hotel will be located at the Northeast corner of Larimer and Speer Boulevard. Stephen Jordan, president of Metro State, observed that the hotel will serve as a great downtown amenity and as an outstanding new home for the school’s hospitality program.

“We’re very excited about it,” Mr. Jordan said. “One of the reasons we feel so strongly about this being the right thing to do is that we have more than 500 students majoring in the hospitality program. We’ve had more than threefold growth in the last 10 years.”

About Sage Hospitality

Founded in 1984, Sage Hospitality has strategically grown into one of the largest privately held hotel management and development companies in the nation operating a variety of large, full-service hotels and a number of extended stay and select-service properties. Sage Hospitality's comprehensive management portfolio includes major international brands for Marriott, Starwood, Hilton and IHG as well as the independent boutique hotels the Oxford and the Curtis in Denver. Sage Hospitality has further differentiated with the creation of the Sage Restaurant Group, which has created and is managing 5 unique restaurant concepts including the award winning Mercat a la Planxa in Chicago.The company developed the innovative CoCo Key water resort brand with 10 destination properties currently open.
 

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Contact:

Susanne Voeltz
608/284-0848
susi@mailbag.com

www.sagehospitality.com

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Also See: The University of Denver’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Getting New 45,000 square-foot State-of-the-art Facility / September 2004
Johnson & Wales University Converting Historic Treat Hall into Student-run 52 room Hotel; Hotel Will Become the Centerpiece of 26-acre Campus in Denver / April 2006
Sage Hospitality to Renovate Historic Treat Hall on Johnson & Wales University's Denver Campus; Plans Include 55 room Full Service Hotel and Instructional Facilities / July 2003
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