Hospitality

The blue-tinted glass of Los Angeles’ 54-story JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton hybrid complex is visually appealing, but all those windows had the building’s HVAC system working overtime.

Gotta Wear Shades

Interior window film delivers big benefits to the JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton hybrid complex in Los Angeles. The abundant sunshine in Southern California makes it a beach lover’s hotspot, but those same solar rays sometimes force the HVAC systems of Los Angeles to sweat. One such building—the 54-story JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton hybrid complex—has an exterior that is sheathed in blue-tinted glass. The visual effect is stunning, but those many windows made it a challenge to cool.

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Buffalo Rock Brewing Co.

Ohio Brewing Company ‘Opens Up’

The Buffalo Rock Brewing Co. transformed a dilapidated six-bay car wash into a brewery, keeping the industrial feel by adding glass garage doors to the old bay areas. Brothers Troy and Tim Burns, plus their close friend Brian Wilson, went “all in” to open the new craft brewery in June 2021. For the past 20 years each of them had experience in home brewing. Following the suggestion of friends, they put a business plan together and started searching for a location. According to Troy Burns, co-owner, Buffalo Rock Brewing Co., the old car wash was the only building in town that would meet all their needs. “It had been idle since 2013, but the structure was still sound, so

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Neolith Calacatta Polished Iron Frost at the Marriott Budapest

Budapest Hotel ‘Pulls Out Stops’ with Interior Design

The Marriott Hotel in Budapest wanted to wow guests as soon as they enter the establishment. Budapest is a historic city with a unique culture, and some of the world’s most refined and exquisite architecture; it overflows with powerful visual statements, inspiring awe wherever one looks. In such an eclectic destination, globally renowned hotel group Marriott knew it would have to pull out all the stops to create a space which would wow guests and visitors as soon as they entered. Working with Twenty2Degrees, the operator was keen to incorporate materials into the design which could perform as well as they looked. Further, the group has a robust sustainability strategy, so any

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Roof Hatches Integral to Seattle Hotel Design

The $470 million, LEED Gold Hyatt Regency Seattle is the new crown jewel for the Emerald City. The Hyatt Regency Seattle soars more than 500 ft. and is the largest in the Pacific Northwest. One key component in the construction process—often overlooked in luxury hotels—was in the installation of roof hatches to provide rooftop access to mechanical equipment.

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The design concept included multiple free-standing columns of LED screens displaying changing visual patterns set in front of a dynamic curtain of flapper-panel walls.

Wind-driven Wall Panels Create Welcoming Casino Entrance

At California’s Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, wind-driven, flapper-panel walls line the drive to the main entrance and greet guests with movement and illumination. Owned by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the AAA Four Diamond resort and casino’s grand entry was envisioned by Lifescapes International. A landscape architectural firm specializing in destination resorts, Lifescapes’ concept included multiple freestanding columns of LED screens displaying changing visual patterns set in front of a dynamic curtain of flapper-panel walls.

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Comedor Restaurant, Austin, Texas

Austin Restaurant Adds Mystery with Glass Brick Wall

The street-facing glass brick wall at Austin’s new restaurant adds mystique to guests and passersby. The challenge of how to attract customers to a new restaurant, Comedor, in the highly competitive market of Austin, Texas, was to create a façade that is eye-catching, unique and alluring to pedestrians and vehicle traffic. This needed to be accomplished while fulfilling the daylighting requirements by the city.

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Rhode Island Hotel Waterfront Deck on Schedule with Decking Installation Innovation

Behan Bros. completes Newport’s Hammetts Wharf Hotel Property and massive waterfront deck on schedule. Located along the district’s historic America’s Cup Ave., Hammetts Wharf Hotel, a three-story boutique hotel, will serve as the focal point for this ambitious mixed-use expansion. The $29 million endeavor includes 84 guest rooms, a 4000-sq.-ft. restaurant, 3000 sq. ft. of dedicated retail space and 1000 sq. ft. of office space. Behan Bros. coordinated multiple aspects of the Newport Wharf expansion, including construction of a 20,000-sq.-ft. tropical hardwood “Ipe” horseshoe-shaped deck connected to the hotel, which will provide guests and pedestrians with swee

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Marriott Springhill Suites, Fort Worth, Texas

Hotel’s High-Performance Wall System Perfect Match for Historic Fort Worth Stockyards

The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is imbued with the true history of Texas’ famous livestock industry. The Marriott’s Springhill Suites now stands as a Western-themed gateway to the district and all the activities that have made the area a favorite destination for visitors and locals seeking an authentic Texas experience. Every component of the customized build was carefully selected for authenticity and quality. Andres Rubio, architect a

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Ainslie, Brooklyn, New York

Banking on the Indoor/Outdoors Trend

A full blown-trend for the past few years, COVID has only increased the spotlight on the need for well-ventilated spaces, notably for eating and drinking establishments. Proprietors of Ainslie, Brooklyn, New York’s newest Italian restaurant, hustled to create accommodations where they could.  The restaurant uses operable doors from Schweiss Bifold to get the job done. Specifically, it has a 30-ft., 6-in. x 13-ft., 4-in, Schweiss Doors bifold designer door that opens to a bar and landscaped yard at the back of the restaurant.The COVID crisis has firmly established the importance of healthy ventilation and plenty of outside air in spaces—an idea often poo-pooed due to its ener

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Aloft Hotel, Ocean City, Md.

Dovetailing the Benefits

A long-span, “thin slab” floor structure, the Dovetail composite floor deck was used by Iott Architecture & Engineering to build the new Aloft Hotel in Ocean City, Md. Dovetail long-span composite floor deck helped the architect of this hotel project save millions in construction costs and shorten the project timeline by months. The project took 14 months from foundation to certificate of occupancy—2.5 to 3 months quicker than what would have been possible using post-tensioned concrete. Compressing the schedule was important in order for the hotel to book the entire summer tourist season. Along with meeting the opening date, crucial to the project was containing costs a

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