Hospitality

French Race Track Redesign

Redesign challenges at France’s scenic Paris Longchamp Racecourse included adjusting the facility to better match the size of crowds at different times of the year. It can be a balancing act to make something cost effective, practical, yet appealing and comfortable. This was one of the challenges in the redesign of Paris’ Longchamp Racecourse, a scenic horse-racing venue in France. However, hosting Europe’s most important horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, means accommodating 60,000 fans—a number that hardly resembles the track’s typical attendance. A smaller, more comfortable, complex was preferred by the owners, one that could take advantage

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Upgrade Opportunity

When the EIFS exterior of the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s hotel began failing, the Jackson, Calif., facility’s operators decided to use the needed replacement as an opportunity for a façade upgrade. Designers with JAX Kneppers Assocs. Inc. of Walnut Creek, Calif. opted for a rainscreen system, featuring aluminum wall panels in three earth-tone finishes. Varying the depths of the panels created the illusion of pilasters at corner and column locations, while ventilated panels were installed over each room’s air-conditioning units to camouflage their appearance. Perforated panels embellished with the hotel’s logo add visual interest and provide a dramatic backdrop

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Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, Calif.

Casino Lobby Maintains Design

Pechanga Resort & Casino has undergone a major expansion that nearly doubled the size of the existing lobby and registration area. To maintain continuity of design with the existing lobby, the design team chose a custom linear metal ceiling in a wood-look finish. The growing popularity of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., triggered a major expansion that nearly doubled the size of the existing lobby and registration area.When designing the new addition, which features a glass atrium that streams daylight into the expanded lobby, the design team from Klai Juba Wald Interiors, of Las Vegas, was charged with incorporating some of the existing feature elements into t

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Brasserie Bernard, Outremont, Montreal

Panels In Harmony

Brasserie Bernard is a classic French brasserie in the heart of Outremont, a high-end neighborhood in Montreal, Canada. Owners of several popular restaurants, brothers Maurice, Paul and Richard Holder knew from experience that acoustics are an important part of developing an ideal atmosphere. To create a space that allows for comfortable communication, the brothers selected lightweight, WILLTEC direct-apply panels. In addition to providing acoustic benefits, the custom golden-yellow panels harmonize with the multidimensional painted ceiling and walls, and contrast with the black wood and leather banquettes. The WILLTEC custom panels are finished with a specially formulated water-based, golde

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Beatrix Restaurant, Fulton Market, Chicago

Bring the Outdoors In

When it comes restaurant design, Marc Jacobs, executive partner and divisional president, Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, is the expert. He has done it 18 times—successfully. Jacobs says he specifies flexible doors, walls and windows to match the unique ambiance he creates at each restaurant. “Our goal as restaurateurs is to bring the outside into the space. It’s all about harnessing energy in our space and flexible windows and doors help you do that,” said Jacobs. “In every space that I have, we try to add an element of flexibility to our exterior walls to allow for openness, and grow the energy—essentially bringing the outside in.”Jaco

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Hotel Zachary, Chicago, Ill.

Neighborhood Inspiration

A boutique hotel in the heart of Wrigleyville, Hotel Zachary at Gallagher Way is one of the most popular destinations in Chicago’s North Side.  Located just across the street from Wrigley Field, the hotel is certainly a hot spot during Chicago Cubs’ home games, but also attracts guests for its fine dining options, state-of-the-art meeting areas—like the American Airlines Conference Center—and entertainment and shopping options at Gallagher Way. When the boutique hotel was built in 2018, it only had to look across the street to Wrigley Field for inspiration for its commercial restroom products. Hotel Zachary sports a timeless design throughout the facility, drawin

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Democracy Brewing, Boston, Mass.

Old-World Brewpub Mixes Charm with Boston Character

Having a reclaimed wood appearance, the brewery team needed flooring that would stand up to heavy foot traffic. Former economic justice organizer-turned-brewer, James Razsa, and veteran brewer, Jason Taggart, opened up the brewery in 2018. Razsa, Taggart and their team wanted to establish a brewery that blended old-world brewpub charm with classic Boston character. Democracy opened for business on the Fourth of July—fitting for a brewery that describes itself as celebrating “Boston’s rowdy revolutionary history from the 1700s to the present.” “We wanted the luxury vinyl to have a reclaimed wood appearance. The color fit in seamlessly with the other des

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New Belgium Brewery, Asheville, N.C.

Creating a Culture of Performance

The goal of creating a culture that is true to New Belgium’s mission is what made translucent sandwich panels such a prominent feature of the company’s brewery in Asheville, N.C. “Culture isn’t what you say; it’s about what you do... We believe that our dedication to high involvement culture and a loving, high performing workforce sets us apart.” This is the message the people at the New Belgium Brewing Co. want you to know about them and the way they foster a productive and engaged workforce.

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Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Creating a Visual Voyage

Aptly named Florida’s “powerhouse port,” Port Everglades represents one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. The design vision included a more visually dynamic façade. Update the façade of Celebrity Cruises Port Everglades terminal. The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world and among the most active containerized cargo ports in the U.S. In 2018, Celebrity Cruises unveiled a renovated Terminal 25 (T25), its first brand-designed cruise terminal located within the port.

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Adding Acoustics

Gettys Group design for the lobby of the Godfrey Hotel in Boston illustrates the importance of supplementing a surface’s discussion with an acoustics addendum. The design and materials exemplify a chic method of dampening acoustics in an open lobby setting. The hotel’s proximity to the harbor and the importance of the Charles River inspired an understated nautical theme. “We really enjoyed working on the lobby feature wall behind the check-in desk,” recalls Ben Nicholas, Design Principal “We added Soundwave Bella felt acoustic panels to the back wall, which are a nice contrast to the many hard surfaces throughout the lobby.”The panels on the wall

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