Kalahari Resort - Pocono Mountains - Phase 1

Pocono Manor, PA

New Construction | Hotel and Convention Center | Indoor Waterpark & Theme Park | Full-Service Spa | Restaurants | Retail Area

Building Information
  • 150-acre site
  • Hotel - 457 Guest Rooms
  • Waterpark - 100,000 SF
  • Family Entertainment Center - 30,000 SF
  • Flexible Meeting Space - 65,000 SF
  • Ballrooms - 25,000 SF and 9,000 SF
Kalahari Resorts, LLC
  • Jason Sorci - Project Principal
  • Sue Govier - Interior Designer
  • Caralyn Kirkegaard - Interior Designer
  • Jon Sandeman - Construction Administrator

Even before the opening of Kalahari's African-themed resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in summer of 2015, plans were underway for a second hotel tower. A phased approach allowed the opening of the resort much earlier, thus kick-starting the revenue stream. The resort has become the ultimate destination for families, young couples, business travelers and anyone seeking a complete, immersive resort experience. Phase II construction provided not only hundreds of additional guest rooms, but an indoor theme park expansion, more retail stores and an additional fitness center. The resort has plenty of reasons to boast:

  • Overall resort size: 1.5 million square feet
  • Industry-busting 220,000-SF indoor waterpark (under one roof) - largest in the US; outdoor waterpark
  • Nearly 1,000 well-appointed guest rooms; full-service luxury spa/salon
  • 100,000-SF convention center; 3 signature restaurants; 6,000 SF of retail space
  • 40,000-SF arcade/family entertainment center

In a press release issued in April 2015, Kalahari owner Todd Nelson remarked, "It's unbelievable to realize in 15 short years, we've gone from a pizza pub in Wisconsin Dells to last year being named 'The World's Coolest Indoor Wateparks' to now on the verge of creating the best indoor waterpark in the world..." We agree, Todd. It is amazing what Kalahari Resorts has accomplished. ADCI is proud and honored to have been Kalahari's architectural partner for those incredible first 15 years, and we look forward to continuing to be part of their success in the years to come.

Award Winner: 2015 Leading Edge Award presented by World Waterpark Association

Award Winner: 2015 Projects of Distinction Silver Award presented by Associated Builders & Contractors - Wisconsin


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"My experience with other architects, designers and design-builders has ranged from adequate to disappointing. However, your consistent delivery of highly creative projects, on-time, within budget and with minimal change orders are the reasons that we turned to ADCI and the reason that we’ll continue to use ADCI."

Todd R. Nelson, Owner, Kalahari Resorts