Greener BeeGreen GadgetsRising Star ahead of schedule, will offer high-tech gadgets in rustic facility

The Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is ahead of schedule and undergoing final, last-minute changes before its opening in October.

Sports teams, camps and tournaments will find a variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities at the resort that will offer an experience unique to the southwest region of the country.

The facility boasts 210 rooms, several of which offer bunk beds for travelling sports teams with adjoining rooms for coaches or parents.

The doors on the north side of the building will serve as the resort’s main entrance, where a statue made of all different types of sports equipment will greet guests. Light grey wood paneling hugs the front desk counter, and light fixtures and other small details help create a country-esque ambiance.

The east entrance, which previously served as the Mesquite Star’s main entrance, is being transformed into a semi-enclosed outdoor porch that will be carpeted.

Originally set to open in December, the opening date was pushed forward since construction and renovations were running so smoothly, said Tim Marleau, the resort’s manager and director.

Marleau told the Desert Valley Times the resort is about 90 percent completed, with only finishing touches and hiring left to secure.

“We have some punch-list and cable management stuff that we need to do still, but it’s pretty much all done for the most part,” Marleau said.

A 30,000-square-foot fieldhouse is scheduled to be completed in April and will offer an indoor soccer field. Marleau said it’s designed to be configured for different types of sports, and that it’ll be big enough to hold three basketball courts.

Also located on the resort’s grounds is putting green, a swimming pool, a tennis court, a baseball field, a soccer field, and other resources for sports enthusiasts.

However, Marleau said the resort isn’t just for sports teams.

“We need the support of regular hotel guests, as well,” he said.

Additionally, at the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon on Wednesday, Rising Star developer Greg Lee emphasized the importance of family.

“Rising Star will look to create ways for mom and dad to sneak in a round of golf or a massage, and for the whole family to spend some time by the pool,” Lee said in a press release.

Marleau said the resort’s restaurant, which hasn’t yet been publicly named, will offer food, wings and other casual cuisine. The kitchen is mostly completed, but its equipment still needs to be installed.

Although the resort’s interior is rustic inspired, make no mistake: Rising Star will be equipped with several high-tech gadgets unique to any other hotel in the area, including four security drones and — most likely — a robot that can perform room service duties.

“We’re still trying to work out the logistics. We’ll load the robot up, and it will head over to the room where it needs to go to. Then the guests can take their food and it will go on its way,” Marleau said.

The surveillance drones will be equipped with screens on which the operator can communicate with guests so it feels “realistic,” Marleau said.

Lee told local business owners and community members that Rising Star will help “grow Mesquite’s ecosystem.”

Several  possibilities were considered for the space, Lee said, and he knew a casino wouldn’t draw as many people to the city — let alone keep them here.

Since the facility is different than anything of its kind in the area, Lee said a “healthy amount of fear” is accompanying Rising Star’s opening although he doesn’t fear that it won’t be successful.

Lee said the largest groups of employees will be housekeeping, facilities management and security, and Marleau said the staffing process is nearly complete.

Follow reporter Emily Havens on Twitter, @EmilyJHavens. Email her at ehavens@thespectrum.com or call her at 435-640-4825.

Article source: http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/mesquite/2016/08/11/rising-star-ahead-of-schedule/88584618/


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