Four Hotel Openings Coming Soon

NATIONAL REPORT—Four properties are currently in process, including the first Hampton Inn and Suites to feature a Starbucks, and a hotel in a former potato chip factory.

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Kansas City, MO

The 132-room Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton in Kansas City, MO, from Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group of Greenville, SC, is set to open in early 2019, the first for the company in the Midwest.

The seven-story hotel was designed by Charlotte, NC-based McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, and will include a Starbucks on the ground level. This is the first Starbucks store to be located in a Hampton Inn/Hampton Inn and Suites with more than 2,300 properties globally, according to the company.  Crossland Construction Company, based out of Columbus, KS, will serve as the general contractor to oversee and manage construction.

Hospitality America Inc. of Brentwood, TN, will manage the hotel.

Clarion Hotel at The Chip Factory

Choice Hotels signed an agreement with Cimarron Investments to develop a new location in downtown Columbia, PA. The multiple-story, 60-room property is an adaptive-reuse of the town’s historic potato chip factory, preserving much of its original structure.

The property was built in 1876 as a hardware store, prior to becoming an umbrella factory and then the Becker Pretzel Bakeries – Potato Chip Division in 1940. The hotel will offer a full-service restaurant and bar with local craft beers, liquor and wine, and will also feature a rooftop bar area. The property also will have flexible meeting and event space, catering services, fitness facilities, a business center and an on-site parking garage.

The Sandestin Hotel and Conference Center

The 250-room Sandestin Hotel and Conference Center in Florida is expected to open in April 2020.

The property will be located adjacent to the Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This four-star hotel is the first new development within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in more than four years. Construction will commence in August 2018.

The new full-service hotel will include a three-meal restaurant, a lobby bar, room service, a luxury spa, a fitness facility, a signature rooftop pool and bar. Sandestin’s new hotel will include more than 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and feature a 13,000-sq. ft. ballroom.

Hyatt House Hotel Fulton Market District

Skender, serving as base building and interior construction manager, has broken ground on Chicago’s newest Hyatt House extended-stay hotel. The new 14-story, 167,000-sq.-ft. hotel will be the first hotel in the Fulton Market district to cater to extended-stay corporate travelers, and includes amenities ranging from an indoor pool and multiple green roof features to upgraded common areas, such as the bar and lounge with city views.

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the hotel building will have a first-floor lobby and future retail space. The pool, workout center and lounge are situated on the 14th floor, with 200 guestrooms on floors 4-13. Sterling Bay is the hotel’s developer, and Skender is collaborating with project architect Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.

The hotel’s exterior cladding comprises hand-laid masonry, precast concrete panels, unitized window wall systems, metal panels and an intricate storefront system. Building information modeling (BIM) is being used to coordinate all site utility, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems around the post tension and reinforced concrete structure. Additionally, in line with its commitment to lean construction principles, Skender included Target Value Design in its pre-construction services to eliminate inefficiencies during the project’s schedule.