Dollywood has announced a partnership with Wisconsin-based building company Holtz, to construct housing at the Pigeon Forge Park for its seasonal workers.
The residence hall-style building will cost approximately $20m and will accommodate more than 750 Dollywood employees.
The four-storey, residence facility will extend 136,000sq. ft. It is due to be completed in May 2022. The site will be operated by Holtz’s International Residence Hall brand.
Employees eligible to live in the new housing complex with include students participating in the US Summer Work Travel program, those taking part in the US college campus organisations such as Campus Outreach, and Dollywood college interns who are working on specific assignments. Employees of other areas of the business through organizations like the Sevier County’s Southern Hospitality Internship Program, will also be eligible to stay.
Tim Berry, Dollywood vice president of human resources, commented on the partnership:
“We partnered with Holtz Builders, because they have proven successful at helping similar destinations create housing options to support the needs of their growing communities.
“The Smoky Mountains region has proven to be one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, and with the growth of businesses and attractions in the area, we need more employees ready to support all of those jobs. Employee housing is a crucial piece of the employment equation in this area, and we are glad to partner with Holtz to create this new opportunity here at Dollywood,” Berry added.