Written by: Dennis Wyatt

The proposed 500-room Great Wolf Resort in Manteca isn’t McWHINNEY Development’s first rodeo in the hospitality industry.

The Colorado-based firm is now building a 603-room hotel with a 125,000-square-foot water park in Garden Grove near Anaheim in Southern California. The $250 million project will open in 2016.

It will be the 13th Great Wolf Resort with 200 more rooms than most other locations. It is also is the largest by 50,000 square feet. Every room is a suite able to accommodate between six and 12 guests with suite prices ranging from $250 to $600 per night. The price includes two days of water park privileges.

The Garden Grove location will have seven restaurants, a spa for women and girls, a bowling alley and an interactive scavenger hunt that ends with a showdown a dragon. The Garden Grove resort will employ 650 people.

By contrast, the proposed Manteca Great Wolf envisioned on 30 acres owned by the city along the 120 Bypass behind Costco will provide 570 jobs — 414 permanent full-time jobs and 156 part-time jobs. It will have a 500-room hotel plus a 75,000-square-foot indoor water park, a 15,000-square-foot outdoor water park, and a 20,000-square-foot conference center.

The City of Manteca would own the conference center with Great Wolf operating and managing it in a similar fashion as is done with the city’s six softball fields and indoor soccer arena and restaurants at Big League Dreams.

McWHINNEY also developed (with Stonebridge Co.) three existing hotels in Garden Grove with a combined 501 rooms — the 160-room Homewood Suites, the 172-room Hampton Inn, and the 169-room Hilton Garden Inn. They also have three hotels with a combined 265 rooms in Loveland, Colorado. Those include the 103-room Residence Inn, the 82-room Fairfield Inn, and the 80-room Hampton Inn. They also developed The Crawford Hotel — a 112 room hotel that’s part of the Denver Union Station multi-use project.

McWHINNEY also has a portfolio of business parks, retail projects, apartments, professional offices, and medical offices that they have developed.