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Midstate Construction Corporation, The Meritage Resort, LLC and Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC celebrate groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for The Meritage Resort and Spa Expansion Project

NAPA, California (November 10, 2010) General Contractor Midstate Construction Corporation, The Meritage Resort, LLC and developer Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC celebrated the groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for The Meritage Resort and Spa expansion project in Napa, California. The project is scheduled for completion Spring 2012.

The private event, held at the existing facilities of The Meritage Resort and Spa, included Napa city officials, prominent business leaders, investors, senior Meritage Resort and Spa management and staff involved in the development of the new 165 room hotel expansion.  Following Mass, a “blessing of the land” ceremony was performed by Father Justin Ramos, O. Praem in the shadow of the Napa’s iconic grape-crusher statue. Pacific Hospitality Group founder, Tim Busch, then delivered a dedication and honored the land by pouring wine from the first bottling of the 2008 harvest, Trinitas, The Meritage Resort and Spa’s own wine label.

Napa Mayor Jill Techel was an honorary guest and spoke about the benefits provided by The Meritage Resort and Spa to the Napa area and local commerce.  After the ceremony, guests were welcomed to a reception hosted by The Meritage Resort, LLC and Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC. The reception was held on the Vineyard Terrace that looks out onto the hillside that houses Spa Terra, the first spa located underground in a working wine cave.

With new construction and hospitality projects facing terminal postponement, The Meritage Resort and Spa proudly heralds the return of an industry hit hard by the economic faltering of 2008.  Development of the $40 million hotel expansion represents a significant addition to the hospitality market and one of the few hospitality construction projects currently underway in California.

Designed by PK Architects of Tempe, Arizona, this new 131,300 square foot expansion will be constructed adjacent to the existing The Meritage Resort and Spa in the scenic wine country of Napa. The hotel expansion will contain an additional 165 guestrooms all with patios or balconies.  Events, ceremonies and business functions will find a new home in the 12,500 square foot conference center housing a new ballroom, board room and covered terrace. Additional site amenities include an ultra lounge with luxury bowling lanes, cafe and retail shop, fitness center, surrounding piazzas and courtyards for outdoor events. David Bury & Co. Architects of Ojai, California, created the interior design for this luxury hotel resort.

Midstate Construction Corporation

Founded in 1935, headquartered in Petaluma, California. One of the largest commercial general contractors in the North Bay, Midstate Construction Corporation has professionally completed many large scale projects in Northern California including retail shopping centers, hospitality, wineries, automotive dealerships, market rate housing, affordable housing, office and industrial buildings. Midstate Construction Corporation strives to serve our clients with an unparalleled level of quality, integrity, reliability and professionalism to achieve our client’s objectives with on-schedule and on-budget performance.

Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC (PHG)

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Irvine, California, PHG maintains a long-term strategic vision and a strong sense of core values as guiding principles for its business success. PHG manages, develops, finances, and owns hotel properties primarily located in California. PHG currently operates 6 hotels representing over 1,200 rooms and a golf course in Palm Desert, CA. By using a cluster strategy, PHG is committed to growing its market share and adding value to its portfolio through renovations, repositioning and expansion. To further this goal, PHG enjoys excellent relationships with major lodging companies including Hilton, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Preferred Hotel Group.

The Meritage Resort and Spa

The Meritage Resort and Spa is an extraordinary Napa Valley luxury resort, set within a private vineyard. The Meritage Resort and Spa, an idyllic Napa Valley luxury hotel and resort, set against rolling hills of vineyards. A destination unto itself with Tuscan inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine in Siena restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra a lavish underground Napa luxury spa with steam grottos, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in wine country. Far more than a place for expert relaxation, our unique property is an old world escape from the ordinary. Experience the Meritage Resort and Spa an extraordinary Napa luxury resort perfect blending gracious hospitality, unrivaled amenities, and peerless personal care. We are Napa. www.themeritageresort.com.

For all press inquiries for The Meritage Resort, Siena or Spa Terra, please contact Andrew Bradley, Marketing and Communications Manager at abradley@meritageresort.com or 707.251.1942.