With a wide adoption of sustainable practices in hotels, the traditional luxuries of a hotel stay – fresh towels, daily-made beds, hot showers and blasting cold air – have become an option to consciously choose at a cost to the environment. These days, guests are asked to reuse towels, to decline room services and are reminded of their water and energy usage through pamphlets and signs in their rooms. No hotel is forcing guests to accept the ‘green’ option; however, when guests choose not to follow this trend, the luxury may come with a sense of guilt. While these passive, and perhaps “guilt-based,” measures have been effective in reducing waste and energy, they don’t fully tackle the issue at the heart of sustainability: making the world a healthier place in which humans can thrive. For that, a more holistic approach that includes both conservation and health as components of a greater wellness initiative is a necessary trend that is gaining in popularity. From serving fresh, organic fares to embracing local communities, here are three ways the hospitality industry can adopt this expanded definition of what it means to be sustainable to create prosperous, healthy spaces for people: (more…)
39 million U.S. travelers choose a destination based on the availability of culinary activities, while another 35 million seek out culinary activities after a destination is chosen.
The Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C., the city’s first convention center hotel opened it’s doors for business on last Thursday. The $520 million hotel, which has an underground connection to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is the District’s largest hotel, with 1,175 rooms and 83 meeting spaces. Below are some images of the facility via The Washington Post.
In this article from prevue.com, writer Johnalee Johnston discusses the evolution of hotel lobby design, as hoteliers look for new ways to find balance between work and play for their guests. Our project, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner is used as a prime example of incorporating a technology lounge into their public space. Click below to read more:
We would like to send a very special congratulations to Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, in Chicago, for obtaining LEED Gold certification!
Our continuing collaborative relationship with McCormick Place and Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) lead to the completion of a $110 million, three-part project to expand and renovate the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. The project includes a new guest room tower, as well as renovations to the existing guest rooms, health club, conference rooms, service areas and public spaces.
tvsdesign created interior and exterior designs for the new 460-room tower and led renovations of the existing 800-room tower, including new furniture and finishes. The firm has worked with the MPEA team over two decades to interpret the long-term vision for the campus, including the design and construction process on the current hotel expansion and the design of Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in 1998.
The Award-winning renovated hotel is the newest Hyatt flag in Atlanta.
tvsdesign had a vision for the new Hyatt Midtown in Atlanta to have interiors that reflected the dynamism of the surrounding community. The hotel, a renovation of a property that had long ceased to express the neighborhood’s sophistication, needed a retrofit that would be inviting, energetic and beautiful.
Due to the project’s successful incorporation of smart design elements and local materials and themes, tvsdesign recently won the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Rehab-Renovation Deal of the Year Award.
tvsdesign was hired by Noble Investment Group as the interior designers to give the renovated hotel, just steps from Piedmont Park and Peachtree Street, the look and feel of an upscale, modern Hyatt property. The project’s architect was DLR Group of Overland Park, Kansas.
For our team, it was the perfect fit because of the firm’s extensive portfolio of hospitality projects as well as a long relationship with Hyatt Hotels that includes work on Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Hyatt Regency Denver.
The design team went to work designing the guest rooms and public spaces. The 153,000-square-foot hotel underwent a massive renovation of the lobby, lounge, bar, restaurant and rooms, in addition to other major changes to the building and its surroundings that included new outdoor sculpture and a brighter facade.
At just under 200 rooms on a relatively tiny urban footprint, the hotel has small scale that created exciting design challenges.
“The hotel’s intimate scale created a great opportunity for our team to show how big design ideas can flourish in smaller spaces,” said tvsdesign Principal Liz Neiswander. “We were inspired to imagine more possibilities for the space, such as moving the restaurant to the North side so it has views of Midtown. Through our long collaboration with Hyatt, we feel like we’ve come to understand their brand and have successfully captured that here.”
Because of the smaller spaces available for the common areas, Neiswander said, tvsdesign made the seating in the bar, restaurant, lounge and lobby areas multi-functional and flexible so they could be used seamlessly throughout the day. When the restaurant, Fork & Juniper, is busy or Bar Juniper is full, the space can flex for one use or the other. Moving the restaurant to another part of the hotel allows natural light and views to flood through new 13-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows.
“Our design team was inspired by the idea that this hotel, which hadn’t been renovated in years, was a diamond in the rough and that we were turning it into the ‘Jewel of Midtown,’” added tvsdesign Senior Designer Lucinda Aron.
Tonight, join tvsdesign Hospitality Design experts Lucinda Aron and Foreman Rogers as they discuss current industry trends used to create an unforgettable guest experience through design.
Lucinda has extensive experience designing spaces for all market segments, but her true passion lies in hospitality. As the creative force behind many tvsdesign high profile projects, she offers alternative design solutions and innovative products resulting in memorable spaces, whether large or small.
Foreman has been a key member of tvsdesign’s hospitality interior design studio since its inception. He has led the design effort of some of the group’s most highly acclaimed projects. Foreman’s focus is on his clients and working with them to exceed their expectations. He brings to his work an enthusiasm for design and a passion for excellence that engages those around him.
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New convention center generated $26.4 million economic impact in first quarter of operation.
Since opening its doors in May, Nashville’s $585 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Music City Center has given the city a beacon for development and anchored a renaissance in downtown Nashville.
In its first quarter since opening, Music City Center‘s 100 events led to more than 18,000 hotel room nights and generated $26.4 million in economic impact. It is also the catalyst for more than $1 billion in new development in Nashville’s burgeoning SoBro neighborhood, located South of Broadway.
Music City Center was a collaboration among the architecture firms tvsdesign, Tuck Hinton Architects and Moody Nolan; the construction team of Bell/Clark/Harmony; and the Nashville mayor’s office.
“There was a lot of care taken to create a place that reflects the best features of the city and brings them down to the human scale,” said Kevin Gordon, principal with tvsdesign. “We’ve designed convention centers all over the world, including three of China’s largest convention centers and four of the five most popular U.S. convention centers. There really isn’t anything else like Music City Center in the world.”
And developers have taken notice. Two new hotels have already opened near the convention center. Another hotel, several restaurants and a 41-story mixed-use tower also are under development.
Even before opening last May, Music City Center reached an event booking goal that yielded 1 million hotel room nights at downtown hotels. It hopes to reach that same mark this year, too. The center’s more than 100 events already hosted have included the Nashville International Auto Show and the fan experience for the 2013 CMA Music Festival.
Click here for more information on Music City Center, or visit nashvillemusiccitycenter.com.
Cvent, the nation’s leading authority on meeting destinations and venues, releases their list of the 2013 Top 100 meeting hotels in the United States. The hotels, deemed ‘best of the best’, are considered to offer some of the best, and most dynamic, spaces to meet in the country.
We were excited and humbled to find that 7 of our hospitality studio’s projects made the top 25! We would like to offer special congratulations to each property, and their employees who work so hard to ensure that meeting attendees receive a memorable experience.
Marking a major milestone for Washington, DC, tvsdesign, along with Executive Chairman, J.W. Marriott, Jr., of Marriott International, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia, celebrated the topping off of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC hotel, signifying that the 15-story hotel has reached its final construction height.
“When it opens, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC will quickly exemplify the transformation our Marriott Hotels brand is undergoing as it reimagines the future of travel for the next generation, “said J.W. Marriott, Jr., executive chairman, Marriott International, Inc. I am truly excited for the District of Columbia and look forward to welcoming the Marriott associates who will deliver the quality service that is Marriott.”
The Marriott Marquis Washington, DC will introduce new ,exciting venues for residents, as well as business travlers. The hotel is also conveniently located next door to the Washington DC Convention Center (also designed by tvsdesign), and connected by an underground concourse
The $520 million, four-star hotel, will be one of only five Marriott Marquis properties in the country. The innovative design turns this hotel into a social experience with a grand lobby and five separate retail and restaurant spaces.
Click here for more information about the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C, or visit tvsdesign.com