Hotel Facilities

Travelers are always looking for a home away from home, and the tourist industry needs these vacationers to survive. Creating a winning hotel can benefit everybody, and people will return to your retreat time and time again.

Spending on lodging construction, like the expansive renovation of the Intercontinental New York Barclay pictured above, should increase by 10.8% to $23.4 billion in 2016. Total spending on nonresidential building is projected to grow this year by 13.7% to $439.2 billion, according to Gilbane. Image: Shawmut Design and Construction

February 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But finding skilled workers continues to be a problem and could inflate a project's costs.

Photo Credit: Mike Tuell, Tom E. Lutz, AKBD

February 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Charging stations, built-in coffeemakers, and pet stations—these are among the top kitchen design...

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Fifty-three-foot-long modules, made by Guerdon Modular Buildings and assembled by Martel Construction, are being used to rebuild The Canyons Lodge & Cabins in Yellowstone National Park. Image courtesy of Guerdon Modular Buildings

February 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A $90 million rebuilding project in Yellowstone National Park exemplifies this trend.

A giant proposed casino-hotel in Everett, Mass., will include 600-plus rooms, six restaurants, and a 20-foot-wide harborwalk along the Mystic River. The resort is scheduled to open in 2018. Rendering: Wynn Resorts

January 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A judge’s ruling last year paved the way for Wynn Resorts to begin construction on a 33-acre gamb...

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The new resort is expected to be similar to Atlantis, The Palm (pictured), located in Dubai. Photo Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons

January 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project was first announced in 2005 but has progressed little since.

8 trends sparking the hospitality sector

Lobbies aren’t just for waiting around anymore. In New York City, Shawmut Design and Construction’s renovation of Smyth Hotel’s 7,900-sf lobby, main entrance, and storefront divided the lobby area into four sections:  Living Room, Den, Library, and Evening Bar. Photo: Noah Fecks

January 19, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hotels and restaurants are branching out to attract more customers—and hold onto them longer. ...

InterContinental Hotels Group and Brack Capital Real Estate recently opened the 293-room Hotel Indigo in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Photo courtesy IHG

January 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More than 100,000 rooms could be delivered this year alone.

San Diego's skyline is being transformed by new office, hotel, and residential building projects. Photo courtesy Pixabay

January 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The city's emission-reduction plan could drive influx into downtown

Greater Fort Lauderdale is enjoying a building boom

A significant construction and development boom is altering Fort Lauderdale's skyline with new high rises. Image courtesy Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

 

December 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This business-friendly South Florida market has several large hotel and multifamily projects in c...

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Sensible sustainability: The new standard for hotels

The 17-story, 206-room Hyatt Place in Chicago is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification. The Building Team: VOA Associates (architect), Forefront Structural Engineers (SE), KJWW Engineering Consultants (MEP), Eriksson Engineering Associates (CE), Arup (acoustic engineer), and Wolff Landscape Architecture. Photo: courtesy OTO Development

December 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In October 2008, The Proximity, a 147-room hotel in Greensboro, N.C., became the first LEED Plati...

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Are long-term apartment rentals Airbnb’s next target?

An Airbnb office in Toronto. Photo: Raysonho/Wikimedia Commons.

December 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some developers are thinking about that possibility, says one West Coast real estate consultant. ...

Top 10 tile trends for 2016

Chevron-patterned tiles are trending. All images courtesy Novità

October 27, 2015 | Novità

Supersized tile and 3D walls are among the trending tile design themes seen at Cersaie, an exhibi...

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A visa-for-investment program will be extended through mid-December

The developer behind the 83-story Panorama Tower project in Miami will now be allowed to accept visa applications. Rendering courtesy Florida East Coast Realty. 

October 23, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

EB-5 financing has been a boon to the hospitality sector.

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements.  ZAS Group

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences will have rainforest-like landscape elements. Renderings courtesy ZAS Group

October 19, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The two 47-story high-rises will stand on a five-story podium that will house retail units, enter...

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JFK Airport's dormant TWA terminal will be reborn as a hotel

TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Dmitry Avdeev/Wikimedia Commons

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After 15 years of disuse, the Googie architecture-inspired TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F...

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HOTEL SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner among nation's largest hotel sector AEC firms

Washington (D.C.) Marriott Marquis. Photo courtesy Cooper Carry

September 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest hotel sector design and construction firms, as reported i...

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North America’s real estate market Is close to stabilization In cap rate pricing

Cincinnati Federated Building, Derek Jensen/Wikimedia Commons

August 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The latest CBRE survey, covering the first half of the year, finds retail and hotel sectors exper...

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Plan to demolish historic Riviera Hotel & Casino approved by Las Vegas tourism board

Photo: Alex Proimos/Wikimedia Commons

August 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is the first step toward a $2.3 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center....

Snoozebox launches competition for designers to create pop-up hotels

Image courtesy Snoozebox

August 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Designers can leave their mark in the international hotel design industry.

Jerusalem, Israel, Daniel Libeskind, Mahane Yehuda Market, The Shuk

A 3,251-sf plaza at the tower’s base will provide a public gathering spot. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

July 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Are pyramids making a comeback? The city of Paris recently approved a triangle-shaped building th...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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Rates are up in hotel construction

Photo: Everett Courtyard by Marriott, by SounderBruce, Creative Commons

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The luxury segment leads all chain scales with a 46.5% increase.

World’s Largest Hotel Coming to Mecca

The hotel will have 10,000-rooms, a shopping center, and helipads on its 12 towers. Rendering courtesy Dar Al-Handasah

June 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With 10,000 rooms, the Abraj Kudai hotel will far surpass the current title of world’s largest ho...

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Atlanta Braves partner with Omni Hotels & Resorts to build hotel near new Suntrust Park

Alongside the new Suntrust Park in Atlanta will be a 16-story hotel built by Omni Hotels & Resorts. Renderings: Atlanta Braves

April 30, 2015 | Atlanta Braves

The Omni Atlanta Northwest Hotel will feature 16 floors with 260 guest rooms and suites, rooftop...

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OMA unveils design for the Netherland’s largest hotel

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyline. Renderings courtesy OMA

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Once completed, and if approved, the structure will add three stacked cubes to the Amsterdam skyl...

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Construction begins on Seattle's Potala Tower

The tower is named after Potala Palace in the Tibetan mountains, former home of the Dalai Lama. Renderings courtesy Lobsang Dargey / Weber Thompson

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Construction on the 41-story Potala Tower in Seattle finally kicked off following a ground-breaki...

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Figure-eight shaped hotel to open around PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Facility

The sprawling 317,460-sf site will host a variety of marine and mountain recreation facilities. Renderings courtesy Planning Korea

April 13, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Just three miles away from the Olympic stadiums, the hotel will be a hub of its own.

Morphosis unveils plans for controversial high-rise hotel in tiny Alpine village

The 7132 Tower, as this hotel is being called, would be the central piece of a resort complex that would also include two buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winners: Peter Zumthor and Tadao Ando. Renderings courtesy Morphosis

March 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Vals is a village of roughly 1,000 people, nestled in the Alps in Switzerland. That might seem li...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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Hotel construction pipeline reaches six-year high

The number of units under construction is up 37% by projects and 34% by rooms, according to Lodging Econometrics. Photo: Abdul-Jawad Elhusuni via Wikimedia Commons

March 04, 2015 | Lodging Econometrics

After a three-year bottoming formation, the pipeline for hotel construction has posted five conse...

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