Tishman Construction completes renovation and modernization OF historic Copley Square Hotel

July 08, 2009 |

BOSTON, JULY 2009 – Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts (TCC-MA) has completed the $17-million, fast-track renovation of the Copley Square Hotel, built in 1891, for its owner, CapStar Copley, LLC. The hotel, located in the heart of the historic Back Bay, has been transformed into a sleek and modern, four-star boutique property.

The hotel’s 143 guestrooms have been updated with a contemporary palette of warm, neutral-toned fabrics, dark woods, and chrome, and the bathrooms were fully renovated.  Guest rooms feature pillow-top beds, workstations with ergonomic chairs, and free wi-fi.  Amenities include full-service concierge service, 24-hour complimentary coffee service in the lobby, and a daily “Wine Down” hour at five o’clock.

New dining options include the casually elegant XHALE for breakfast and dinner, and Minibar, an upscale martini bar with a full appetizer menu. Additionally, the inviting Lobby Lounge serves as an ideal meeting spot for guests. The hotel partially opened for guests in January and was fully occupied this Spring.  Arrowstreet, Inc. was the architect and Intra-Spec, Inc. served as interior designer for the project. 

Some of the challenges involved in the renovation included managing significant changes that arose due to the age of the existing building; keeping the nightclub, Saint, operational during the renovation; and adding a new boiler and a second elevator.

Tishman Construction Corporation

Operating continuously for 111 years, Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC) is one of the nation’s premier Construction Managers, Project Managers, Owner Representatives, and Contractors.  Known for successfully managing the complexities of construction, innovative approaches to building, and sustainable-building leadership, Tishman is responsible for the construction of more than 435 million square feet of space, incorporating facilities of every size and type.  TCC ranks #1 in the nation on Building Design & Construction’s Top Construction Managers list.

TCC-MA’s clients include:  Boston Garden Development Corp.; Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA); State Street Corp.; U.S. General Services Administration (GSA); LNR Property Corp.; Carpenter and Company; The City of Worcester (City Square); YMCA of Greater Boston, Inc.; Sentinel Data Centers; New Center for Arts and Culture; and the City of Quincy Schools.  

TCC’s current projects nationwide include:

Boston:  Renovation of the 14-story Ames Building, turning Boston’s first skyscraper (built in 1904) into a four-star boutique hotel.

New York:  One World Trade Center (aka the Freedom Tower), to be the city’s tallest building.

Las Vegas:  MGM MIRAGE’s and Dubai World’s $9-billion CityCenter, an 18-million-square-foot, mixed-use project on the Las Vegas Strip.

Chicago:  Managing a $1.75-billion capital improvement program involving 1,950 renovation and expansion projects totaling 37.3 million square feet throughout the Chicago Public Schools system.

Contact: Scott Bates                                       or                                 Jody Fisher

Tishman Construction Corporation                                                     Rubenstein Associates

(617) 723-2314 x 236                                                                         (212) 843-8015

bates@tishman.com                                                                            jfisher@rubenstein.com

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