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What Guests Want from Hotel Restaurants


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.

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Construction Update: Mall Plaza Oeste Aires


The Mall Plaza Oeste Aires expansion is the second property embracing Mall Plaza’s bold new ‘Aires’ brand, attracting a high-end tenant offering and upscale clientele. At the heart of this multi-story environment is an aspiring resort-like oasis: Sculptural gardens and cascading stream, incorporating floating cafes and living rooms, under the cover of an expansive glass roof, create an inimitable shopping experience.

Mall Plaza Oeste Aires is one of four retail projects tvsdesign is creating for developer and mall operator, Mall Plaza, that will set a new standard for progressive and sophisticated retail in Chile. In addition to Plaza Oeste Aires, tvsdesign is working with Mall Plaza on Mall Plaza Antofagasta, a high‐fashion expansion wing that just opened, Mall Plaza Egana and Mall Plaza Los Dominicos for a total development of more than 2.6 million sq feet of new retail space.

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Putting Regal Design Influences into Atlanta’s Hyatt Midtown

Hyatt Midtown Atlanta

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.

04082_000_N6The 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.




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COBO Center Renovations on display during the International Auto Show


Road and Track magazine interviewed our Convention Center Principal, Andrew McLean, to discuss how Detroit’s COBO Center renovations have set the stage for economic rejuvenation in downtown Detroit, starting with the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

With 700,000 square feet of exhibit space, COBO Center boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and is the 19th largest convention center in the country. COBO’s modernization of its meeting banquet space will make the center significantly more marketable boosting the economic impact for the city as additional conventioneers patronize the city’s hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

How Detroit almost lost its auto show

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The Ultimate Retail Design Challenge – Mall Plaza Antofagasta


National Real Estate Investor discusses the ultimate challenge for the tvsdesign retail team: To transform a dark, single-level, column-filled parking space into an open fashion district at human scale.

The Retail Studio of tvsdesign and Mall Plaza have been strategic partners for over 17 years. With dozens of successful projects completed by tvsdesign, Mall Plaza knew their goals was threefold: how to adapt their brand to fit into such an unusual location, how to bring the outside indoors and how to develop a design language that spoke to high‐end shoppers.

“We made a conscious break from the traditional double‐loaded corridor of most malls to create a new more intimate shopping destination that connects the shopper both visually and physically to every store.” said Donna Childs, principal at tvsdesign.

Mall Plaza Antofagasta Aires

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Miami Beach commissioners Pick South ACE Team for the Miami Beach Convention Center


We are excited to announce that the Miami Beach City commissioners have made a a final decision, and chosen the SouthBeach ACE team to renovate the 52-acre , Miami Beach Convention Center Project.

The big project, which has been called one of the most important development projects in Miami’s history , promises to bring a facelift to the nearly 60-year-old building, which plays host to events such as Art Basel Miami Beach.


Miami Beach residents are excited about the prospects of a new convention center. “It does get a lot of tourist influx into the city and a lot of dollars spent here,” said Miami Beach resident Gregory Barfield.

Along with the convention center renovation, will be an expansion to include a new hotel, public green space, parking, a cultural building and about 90,000 square feet of retail space.

Dan Tishman, South Beach ACE Principal, said in a statement. “The South Beach ACE team would like to thank the Commissioners and residents of the City of Miami Beach for their engagement and support throughout this master planning process. The ideas and feedback we received helped shape an exciting new vision for the City’s convention center.We now look forward to working with the City and the community to bring this project to fruition.”

Watch the video below to view the South Beach ACE Vision for the Miami Beach Convention Center:

tvsdesign was the lead architect for the previous Million gsf expansion and renovation. Miami Beach Convention Center, which is currently considered one of the Top Five Convention Destinations in the United States.

Additionally, tvsdesign was also the Lead Architect for Daytona Beach’s Ocean Center, Situated along A1A, America’s scenic coastal byway.

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Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and tvsdesign celebrate completion of $110 million hotel expansion and renovation


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Opening

The multi-million dollar expansion and renovation Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is now complete.

Demand for hotel rooms adjacent to the nation’s largest convention center, McCormick Place, continues to grow and stress the current offerings of the 800 key Hyatt Regency McCormick Place tower. In response, the Metropolitan Pier and Exhibition Authority (MPEA) has contracted tvsdesign to design another 594 key tower while also planning a renovation to the existing guest rooms, health club, conference rooms, service areas and public spaces.

Lobby_preview05stnThe appearance of the new facility was inspired from the spectacular views of the skyline the hotel offers from its location south of the Loop. The design concept is compatible with the existing character of the McCormick Place complex. Featuring architectural precast concrete and glass, the new tower will be respective of the materials featured throughout the expanding urban campus.

The new guestroom design is urban modern with clean details and clean lines. Polished nickel accents abound to relate to the gleaming skyscrapers out the window. The color palette of warm greys is taken from the city, but warmed up further with walnut casegoods and a subdued aubergine accent.


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Guestroom

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Guestroom

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Suite

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Suite

The end result is a warm and inviting room with all of the latest technology and conveniences.

Standing at the heart of the McCormick Place development, the new tower will allows for larger in-house groups to be now easily accommodated due to Hyatt’s expanded guestroom inventory and seamless connection with McCormick Place Convention Center and access to over 2 million square feet of modern meeting space. approximately 900 more people to stay on site for their meetings therefore alleviated traffic congestion coming in and out of the site on a daily basis.

“It’s rewarding to see a project come full circle,” said Liz Neiswander, a tvsdesign principal. “Seeing the evolution of this hotel over the last 16 years has been inspiring for our firm. We’re excited to complete this project and look forward to our continued partnership with MPEA and McCormick Place.”

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the new hotel expansion

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, cuts the ribbon to celebrate the new hotel expansion

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McCormick Place Master Planning

McCormick Place Convention Center

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

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Augusta Convention Center is now open for business

Augusta TEE Center in Augusta, GA

CBS News WRDW-TV Augusta posted a video last week, celebrating the official ribbon cutting of the Augusta Convention Center in Augusta, Georgia.

The new Augusta TEE Convention Center contains 37,500 sf of exhibit space and a 110,000 sf expansion of the existing Augusta Marriott and Hotel Conference Center. In addition, the adjacent 100‐year‐old Harrison Building in downtown Augusta was rehabilitated and serves as the center’s lobby and point of entry.

“In my mind, it’s already a success. This is something that Augusta needs. We are the second largest city in Georgia. We need to have a facility that can house large conventions,” said Augusta Commissioner Mary Davis.

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Inside the Changes at COBO

Detroit COBO Center

R-03429-000-005Detroit’s ABC WXYZ Action news gives an ‘First Look’ at the Phase I renovations at the COBO Center. The improvements add 30,000 feet of space to display the cars and the project is currently on time and under budget.

Says ABC WXYZ, “Cobo Center is garnering a lot of attention with the international media and people who have covered the North American International Auto Show for years”.

The final phase of improvements will be done this summer.

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Detroit Mayor takes 1st tour of COBO Hall expansion before Auto Show


Motor City’s Cobo Center is being reshaped by the client’s vision and a team led by tvsdesign to connect to city life and to capitalize on its fantastic Detroit River site for the first time. reports on Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s first look inside COBO Hall ahead of Auto Show media previews which start Monday.

The article reports that Executives from the Big Three and Toyota briefed the Detroit mayor on the show during his tour. Mayor Bing ended the tour with the most impressive part of Cobo’s renovation: the new 250-foot atrium.

“You just have to look up, and you can get a crane in your neck. This is just absolutely wonderful,” said Mayor Bing.

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