Miami Beach vibe returns to Big Apple

February 01, 2001 |

The essence that was the Loews New York hotel at its opening in 1961 is being recaptured through a $17 million renovation that harks back to the hotel's first days. The property-renamed the Metropolitan Hotel in January-features the curvilinear Miami Beach-style design of Miami architect Morris Lapidus.

The first phase of the two-phase project, completed in November, includes renovations to the hotel's Lexington Avenue façade and signage, as well as a newly designed lobby, restaurant, lobby bar, penthouse meeting room and business-class lounge. The 722-room hotel's trademark curvilinear façade of turquoise brick and teal mosaic tiles remains intact, while the west façade is painted white, alluding to its original white Carrera marble façade.

Phase two of the project, to be completed in April, involves renovation of the hotel's 260 business-class rooms.


CONSTRUCTION COSTS





General requirements:


$8,387,000


Sitework and foundations:


$2,884,950


Concrete:


$12,500,000


Masonry and precast:


4,140,000


Metals:


4,077,000


Wood/plastics:


6,600,000


Thermal/moisture:


740,000


Doors/windows


6,250,000


Finishes:


15,472,050


Specialties and elevators:


3,611,000


Equipment:


350,000


Special construction:


776,000


Mechanical:


14,369,000


Electrical:


11,243,000



Total:



$91,400,000

 

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