The first urban Tru Hotel in the United States

CLIENT:
Health Tech Hospitality

SCOPE:
50,700 SF | 114 Keys

CONSTRUCTION COST:
$12 Million

COMPLETION DATE:
Spring 2019

This Tru by Hilton hotel is being developed on a 1.55 acre urban site in Cleveland’s thriving MidTown district. The four-story hotel will include approximately 50,700 SF and 114 guest rooms. KAI is designing the hotel according to the recently minted Tru by Hilton brand standards, but customizing it to fit the urban site for both the plans and building exteriors. The hotel will have a modern, efficient design offering advanced technology and flexibility in the guest experience for the burgeoning midscale market. Guest rooms will mimic a smaller, more European size and public spaces will offer a place to both work and socialize. Project completion is scheduled for Spring 2019.

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Restoring Detroit Landmark Hotel to Its Former Glory

Client:
The Ferchill Group

Scope:
605,000 SF Hotel; 92,000 SF Condominiums; 39,000 SF Event & Conference Space; 453 Guest Rooms; 65 Condominium Units

Construction Cost:
$110,000,000

Completion Date:
October 2008

Awards:
- Ohio Merit Award | American Institute of Architects:
“Newly Completed Buildings, Additions, Remodelings, Renovations & Restorations”

- Project of the Year | NAIOP Award of Excellence: Traveling Gun Renovation

- Governor’s Award | State of Michigan: Historic Preservation

- Honor Award | National Trust for Historic Preservation

- Gold Award | Building Design + Construction Magazine: Reconstruction Awards

- Judges’ Award | Timothy J. Anderson Awards: Best Historic Rehab Involving New Construction

In 1924, the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, Michigan opened its doors for the first time to the public as the shining symbol of a city’s thriving economy. Constructed at the time as the tallest hotel in the world at thirty-two stories, the building opened to much acclaim, and its highly ornate Neo-Classical façades, lavishly decorated ballrooms, and over 1,000 guest rooms quickly made it a landmark building on what was once known as the “Fifth Avenue of the Midwest.”

The Ferchill Group selected KAI to head a team of designers, engineers, and consultants from around the country not only to restore the Book-Cadillac to its former glory, but also to provide three separate additions to this monumental structure. Partnered with Starwood Resorts & Hotels Worldwide, The Ferchill Group developed the building into a full-service, 4 -star Westin Hotel complete with 453 guest rooms ranging from single king beds to multi-room suites. The building also includes 65 new condominiums on the upper floors with spectacular views of the surrounding City, ranging from a 925 SF one-bedroom unit to a three-story, 4,700 SF three bedroom penthouse at the top. The 736,000 SF building is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings and was renovated according to National Park Service standards. One of the more unique design challenges faced by the Project Team was the careful “value analysis” process required in restoring the historic aesthetics of a building with a limited budget.

Faced with strict State and Westin standards, rather than full replication, the team instead restored “memories” of the building’s past. Historic drawings and photographs were analyzed to determine which architectural elements needed to be restored in order to recreate the building’s original aesthetic, while at the same time subtly deemphasizing those items of less importance. Strong evidence of this is seen within the three historic ballrooms - The Venetian Ballroom, the Crystal Ballroom and the Italian Garden – all of which have the “feel” of their original lavish condition while simultaneously being constructed within budget. The Westin Book-Cadillac triumphantly re-opened in October of 2008 at a Grand Opening Gala celebration to critical acclaim, and was a true example of the hard work and dedication of the entire Design and Construction teams. Lauded by Starwood directors as the “Jewel of the Westins,” the hotel received numerous event bookings, and nearly all condominiums were purchased well before the grand opening.

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Dedication, diligent work and team effort assured that the hotel was the best it could be. This is a direct result and credit to your work on this project.
— Gus Escobar - Senior Director, Architecture and Construction | Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide
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Five Story Hotel - Modified Prototype

Client:
Horizon Properties Group

Scope:
55,600 SF; 80 Keys

Construction Cost:
$6,700,000

Completion Date:
April 2013

This project consisted of a new five story Hampton Inn Hotel in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. KAI modeled the facility according to the current Hilton Hotels Corporation Prototype, and modified the design to incorporate the Owner’s project-specific program requirements and site constraints, which resulted in an efficient footprint that located all of the guest rooms on the upper floors.   

Upon successful completion of this project, KAI was retained by Horizon Properties Group to replicate this hotel design for a new Hampton Inn in Butler, Pennsylvania completed in 2015.

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Resort-Style Lakefront Property

Client:
Whittle Development, Inc. in partnership Gateway Hospitality Group

Scope:
200,000 SF; 233 Keys

Construction Cost:
$30,000,000

Completion Date:
March 2008

The five-story full service Hilton hotel includes 233 guest rooms, a 10,000 SF Banquet facility, a Full Service Restaurant, Bar, Board Rooms, and multiple Meeting Rooms. A club floor and lounge occupy the top floor of the hotel and additional amenities include an outdoor pool/whirlpool, patio bar, and roof terrace. Appealing to the high-end clientele, the hotel also includes a day spa, wine bar and wine cellar. KAI incorporated all other program elements of the full service Hilton into the design of the new facility.

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Five Story Hotel Overlooking Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort

Client:
Horizon Properties Group

Scope:
61,400 SF; 93 Keys

Construction Cost:
$6,440,000

Completion Date:
August 2007

The five story Blairsville, PA Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel is situated on approximately 2.5 acres of land overlooking the golf courses of the Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort. The new hotel includes a custom exterior façade designed to integrate with the existing resort.

KAI provided services to repeat client Horizon Properties Group for this hotel and a new Hampton Inn & Suites in North Strabane Township, PA simultaneously.  Design and construction of both properties were completed within a 17 month schedule.

The five story, 113 room North Strabane, PA hotel is also situated in a picturesque setting and was designed to take advantage of dramatic views to the surrounding hillsides. 

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Six Story Hotel for Repeat Client

Client:
Horizon Properties Group

Scope:
73,800 SF; 115 Keys

Construction Cost:
$10,600,000

Completion Date:
September 2017

KAI provided A&E services to repeat client Horizon Properties for this new six story Hampton Inn & Suites in Granville, WV. In addition to the hotel design, KAI concurrently provided Master Site Planning Services, as well as design for a 2,400 Pool Addition to the hotel, a 15,500 SF retail building; and a Home2 Suites hotel at this same site (which the Owner opted not to construct after completion of 100% Construction Documents).

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Client:
Millcraft Investments

Scope:
69,500 SF; 102 Keys

Construction Cost:
$13,900,000

Completion Date:
April 2016

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Four-Story Hotel in the Heart of Heritage Square

Client:
Holladay Partners - Midwest, Inc. in partnership Gateway Hospitality Group

Scope:
65,000 SF; 99 Keys

Construction Cost:
$6,800,000

Completion Date:
September 2014

The four story Hampton Inn Hotel is located in the heart of the Heritage Square open-air Lifestyle Center in Mishawaka, Indiana.  The exterior materials were carefully selected to blend with nearby properties within the development. 

This project represents the seventh hotel contract for which KAI has provided A&E services through to construction completion for Gateway Hospitality Group. 

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Five-Story Hotel in Upstate New York

Client:
Martin Milano

Scope:
86,000 SF; 139 Keys

Construction Cost:
$13,900,000

Completion Date:
May 2017

KAI provided A&E Services for this new Hampton Inn & Suites situated off of the New York State Thruway in Upstate New York.

The Owner’s vision for a business-minded hotel was realized through the inclusion of a boardroom, a business center, and meeting space equipped with a smart TV.

KAI also customized the prototypical hotel design to incorporate a contemporary, sophisticated bar & bistro which would enhance the upscale experience for property guests.

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Custom-Designed Hotel on Historic Goodyear Tire Campus

Client:
Industrial Realty Group in partnership with SUMMIT Development

Scope:
93,600 SF; 139 Keys

Construction Cost:
$13,300,000

Completion Date:
October 2014

The custom-designed Hilton Garden Inn was constructed as part of the highly successful 1.4 Million SF East End Development at the Historic Goodyear Tire campus in Akron, Ohio.  The HGI stands as the first new hotel built inside Akron city limits since 1980.

The five story, 93,600 SF hotel sits on a 3.16 acre site and includes 139 Guestrooms and upgraded meeting facilities.  Amenities include an open dining room and bar area supported by a gourmet kitchen, a 24-hour fitness center and an indoor pool/whirlpool. While the project conformed to Hilton’s prototypical standards for a Full Service Hilton Garden Inn, numerous upgrades were incorporated into both the interior and exterior design of the building at the request of IRG. 

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Seven Story Hotel at Levis Commons Lifestyle Center

Client:
Dillin Corp. in partnership Gateway Hospitality Group

Scope:
104,000 SF Hotel; 184 Keys

Construction Cost:
$15,800,000

Completion Date:
2008

This seven story Hilton Garden Inn is located in the Town Center at Levis Commons lifestyle center.  KAI worked closely with Levis Commons design representatives to ensure the compatibility of the hotel aesthetics with those of the overall Master Plan developed for the lifestyle Center.

The overall project consisted of the 104,000 SF Hilton Garden Inn and a one story, 26,000 SF Banquet/Conference Center, totaling an approximate 130,000 SF facility designed by KAI. 

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High-Rise Hotel on Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Client:
MB Real Estate

Scope:
165,370 SF; 276 Keys

Construction Cost:
$32,700,000

Completion Date:
April 2016

The new high rise, full service Holiday Inn is located on a 1.8 acre site on the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

Primary guest services such as the Pool, Restaurant, Bar, Coffee Shop, and Fitness Center take advantage of southern natural light exposures and views to the central Cleveland Clinic greenscape.  The central bay projections of extended units and suites afford dramatic views to the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie.

KAI worked closely with the Cleveland Clinic design architect to ensure the compatibility of the aesthetics of the hotel with those of the overall Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

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Modern Design Hotel in Pittsburgh Area Beaver Valley

Client:
Millcraft Investments

Scope:
66,000 SF Hotel; 107 Keys

Construction Cost:
$22,000,000

Completion Date:
Fall 2017

The 107-room hotel features rooms equipped with full-sized kitchens, an on-site laundry and fitness facility and large outdoor relaxation areas featuring a fire pit and barbecue grill. With an emphasis on sustainability and eco-consciousness, the Home2 boasts a heated saline pool and recycling stations on each floor.

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Four-Story Hotel in Levi Commons

Client:
Millcraft Investments

Scope:
69,560 SF Hotel; 107 Keys

Construction Cost:
$22,000,000

Completion Date:
Fall 2017

The project consists of a new four story Home2 Suites by Hilton in the Levis Commons lifestyle center in Perrysburg, OH, nearby to the Levis Commons Hilton Garden Inn also designed by KAI. This hotel will consist of approximately 107 guest rooms and contains approximately 69,560 SF. This project represents the eighth hotel contract for which KAI has provided A&E services to Gateway Hospitality Group.

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Five-Story Hotel in Harmar Township

Client:
Horizon Properties Group

Scope:
60,000 SF; 94 Keys

Construction Cost:
$8,400,000

Completion Date:
April 2016

Awards:
- BEST Collaborators | Hilton

KAI provided A&E Services to Horizon Properties on a new five story, 94 room TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Harmar Township, PA. The building area is approximately 60,500 GSF and will utilize a structural system consisting of masonry bearing walls and precast concrete plank floors. KAI provided A&E Services to Horizon Properties for this hotel and the Grove City TownePlace Suites project concurrently. The successful efforts of the Design & Development team on this project were recognized by Hilton with a “BEST Collaborators” award.

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