Parq Vancouver Offers Luxury Hotels, Casinos and More

VancouverDowntown Vancouver is the new home of an “international entertainment destination” that constitutes the one of the largest construction projects the city has seen in decades. Located next to the BC Place Stadium, Parq Vancouver is a sprawling urban resort that includes two luxury hotels with more than 500 rooms, a casino with 600 slot machines and 75 tables, and a 30,000-square-foot rooftop park that sits six floors above street level. Jan Zeschky, a journalist at the Vancouver Courier, described the scale of the resort as “staggering.”

Parq Vancouver also features more than 60,000 square feet of event space, a spa, and eight different restaurants that serve everything from traditional pub faire to high-end steak and seafood. It’s even home to the largest ballroom in Western Canada, which can accommodate more than 1,500 people. The list of amenities at Parq Vancouver is virtually endless, but the resort’s developers hope the space will encourage guests to get out and explore the city of Vancouver as well.

“In Las Vegas, they keep everyone in a box,” said Scott Menke, CEO of development firm Paragon Gaming in an interview. “We get to show off Vancouver in its finest form. We’re so proud of Vancouver as a destination.”

In stark contrast to the dimly-lit casinos in Las Vegas, Parq Vancouver’s casino features huge exterior windows that bathe the space in natural light and make it feel more connected to the outside world.

At Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the development of this massive new entertainment complex in Vancouver.  Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield—the original, reusable door protection system.

University of Kansas Health Opens New Inpatient Care Tower

Hospital StaffThe largest hospital in Kansas City just got bigger thanks to a $360 million expansion that was completed in late 2017. Cambridge Tower A is a cutting-edge inpatient care facility that adds 92 beds and 11 operating rooms to the University of Kansas Health System. The 11-story tower also allows the hospital’s entire oncology department to be housed under one roof for the first time.

 

“This is one of the most exciting times in my 21 years here,” said Jeff Wright, vice president of cancer services in an interview. We’ve gotten used to saying we’re at full capacity, trying to manage and discharge. This allows us to have access to health care services here to be able to expand our capacity.”

In an effort to make the new facility as functional and efficient as possible, Cambridge Tower A was designed with ongoing input from the hospital’s physicians, nurses and therapists. More than a year before construction began, hospital employees had the opportunity to tour full-size mockups of rooms in the tower and offer suggestions for improvement.

“I can’t imagine building something as important as a new hospital without engaging an integrating staff clinical expertise into the design process,” said Carol Cleek, a registered nurse and clinical sponsor of Cambridge Tower A. “They understand the patient and family needs, the workflows and the day-to-day hospital operations better than anyone.”

At Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the development of KU Hospital’s largest expansion to date. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield—the original, reusable door protection system.

181 Fremont Is the Tallest Residential Building on the West Coast

San Francisco SkylineAfter four years of construction, San Francisco’s newest mixed-use skyscraper has officially earned the distinction of being the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River. It’s also home to some of the most luxurious condominiums in the country, with unit prices starting at around $3 million. Designer Orlando Diaz-Azcuy spared no expense in the development of 181 Fremont, incorporating lavish details like brass door handles that were custom forged by Parisian artists.

In addition to being a towering display of opulence, the 800-foot mixed-use skyscraper is also an impressive feat of engineering.

The building’s exterior is bound by an aluminum “exoskeleton” that was designed to absorb stress during an earthquake. Thanks to its earthquake-resistant construction, the elevator systems in 181 Fremont are even capable of operating during catastrophic seismic events.

Recently, Facebook announced that it would lease all 436,000 square feet of office space in the mixed-use tower for an estimated $35 million. This will eliminate the need for Facebook’s employees in San Francisco to commute 35 miles south to the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park. Between 2,000 and 3,000 Facebook and Instagram employees will occupy 33 of the building’s 56 floors. According to Business Insider, this deal constitutes San Francisco’s largest office lease in three years.

181 Fremont also boasts an impressive list of amenities including a library, concierge service and fitness center with a yoga room. It will be the only residential/office building in San Francisco with direct access to the new Transbay Transit Center, which will connect eight Bay Area counties with 11 different transportation systems.

At Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the construction of this beautiful new addition to the San Francisco skyline. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield™—the original, reusable door protection system.

Viceroy Opens a New Luxury Hotel in Chicago

Chicago Gold CoastBased in Los Angeles, the Viceroy Hotel Group operates more than a dozen hotels throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Now, the company has added yet another hotel to its portfolio in Chicago’s Gold Coast Historic District.

The Viceroy Chicago is a 180-room hotel with a whimsical atmosphere designed to “surprise and delight” its guests. Notable design features include a rooftop pool and a 30-foot-tall “poem wall” with selected passages of Marcel Proust’s work. It also offers a number of unique services such as free weekly yoga and meditation classes that are open to the public.

The hotel’s structure consists of an 18-story glass tower that rises from the original brick and terra-cotta façade of the historic Cedar Hotel. By combining these two distinct architectural styles, the Viceroy Chicago’s designers aspired to create “harmony through contrast, in which both the old and new are rich examples of their specific eras.”

In stark contrast to the Cedar Hotel’s original façade, the tower of the Viceroy is distinguished by glass windows that intersect at angles to create a folding, rippling appearance. This hybrid structure produces a striking visual effect that demands attention. Rather than seamlessly blending the old with the new, the Viceroy Chicago celebrates the disparate styles of early 20th and 21st century architecture.

At Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the rebirth of this historic Gold Coast property. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield™—the original, reusable door protection system.

Lodge Kohler Brings Luxury Accommodations to Lambeau Field

Lodge Kohler Brings Luxury Accommodations to Lambeau FieldThanks to Kohler Co., one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most successful businesses, Packers fans can now spend the night in an upscale hotel next time they see their team play at Lambeau Field. Located just west of the stadium in the Titletown District, Lodge Kohler is a new 144-room hotel that opened in July of 2017. The Green Bay Packers executive committee hopes the hotel will become a destination for out-of-town fans and businesspeople using Lambeau Field’s meeting rooms and banquet facilities.

Lodge Kohler includes five different guest room configurations, with nightly room rates starting at just under $200 during the week, and peaking at more than $450 on game days. Guests can choose from a number of different themed overnight packages as well, including a “Bed and Breakfast Package” and an “Explore Lambeau” package which was tailor made for Packers fans.

In addition to its luxury accommodations, the hotel is also home to the Kohler Waters Spa, which showcases many of the company’s trademark high-end plumbing fixtures.  This spa includes a steam room, sauna, Vichy shower, cool plunge pool and a “state-of-the art Hydromassage Experience Pool” which was custom designed by Kohler’s engineers. Guests can even indulge in the Green Bay Stone Massage, which is a 50-minute treatment that utilizes heated basalt stones in conjunction with traditional Swedish massage techniques. Once they’re done with their spa treatments, guests can also choose from a number of different dining options, including a fifth-floor restaurant and bar that offers panoramic views of nearby Lambeau Field.

At Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the development of this great addition to Green Bay’s Titletown District. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield—the original, reusable door protection system.

VCU Opens a New Hospital in South Hill, Virginia

VCU Opens a New Hospital in South Hill, VirginiaThanks to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), residents of Mecklenburg, Lunenburg and Brunswick Counties in southern Virginia now have access to a new state-of-the-art medical facility. Located in South Hill—about 80 miles southwest of VCU’s main campus in Richmond—the Health Community Memorial Hospital hosted its grand opening in October.

Prior to its official open date on November 11, local residents were invited to take self-guided tours of the hospital to acquaint themselves with its layout and services. The 166,700-square foot facility includes 70 private rooms, a cardiac catheterization lab and a 16-bay emergency department. It’s also equipped with a comprehensive suite of diagnostic services, including MRI scans, CT scans and nuclear medicine. The hospital is expected to be a valuable new addition to a rural region that has lacked sufficient access to this type of healthcare facility in the past.

“The facility will be a beacon of hope for all who are in need of care, and it will be an anchor for future economic development for this region,” said hospital CEO W. Scott Burnette in a statement.

Earlier this year, VCU joined the TriNetX Health Research Network as well. This partnership will allow the school and its hospitals to collaborate with other research organizations and biopharmaceutical companies from all over the world.

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The Scott at Brush Park Welcomes Its First Tenants

The Scott at Brush Park Welcomes Its First TenantsThanks to a series of bold investments from Detroit-based developers Sachse Construction, the Motor City is now home to a brand new 200,000-square-foot mixed-use development in the historic neighborhood of Brush Park. In addition to nearly 200 residential units, The Scott at Brush Park will also include a number of commercial offerings, including a coffee shop, restaurant and dermatology office which opened in May, 2017.

The residential space in The Scott is primarily geared towards “millennials and empty nesters,” featuring a number of two-bedroom apartments that can either be occupied by a single occupant, or split with a roommate. The Scott’s developers sought to maximize the space in the complex’s residential units, offering much more room than many of the more cramped options in Midtown Detroit. The apartments all have 9-foot ceilings and sliding bedroom doors, making them feel even more spacious than they would otherwise. The exterior-facing apartments also include balconies overlooking Woodward Avenue and Erskine Street.

This isn’t the first major development project to come to Brush Park in recent years. Thanks to the neighborhood’s close proximity to both Midtown and Downtown Detroit, its pedestrian-friendly streets and historic atmosphere, Brush Park has attracted the attention of several other real estate investors and developers as well. Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is currently in the process of developing his own $70 million residential complex on a nearby 8-acre parcel of land.

Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the evolution of Detroit’s historic Brush Park neighborhood. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield—the original, reusable door protection system.

Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort Undergoes Renovations

Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort Undergoes RenovationsTucked away in the foothills of the Green Mountains in eastern Vermont, visitors have come to the Woodstock Inn & Resort to get away from the stresses of everyday life for more than a century. Throughout much of the 20th century, the idyllic vacation destination was owned and operated by none other than Laurance Rockefeller. When the Rockefellers sold the RockResorts brand in the 1980s, the family set up a non-profit organization to preserve the Woodstock Inn & Resort, which they were particularly fond of.

Now, more than 40 years after the Rockefellers entrusted their favorite weekend getaway to the non-profit Woodstock Foundation, the Woodstock Inn & Resort has undergone an extensive renovation designed to preserve the historic property for the future. The primary goal of the renovation was to accentuate the Federal style design elements of the Inn that are characteristic of the period in which it was originally built. The renovations focused primarily on the lobby, library and the exterior entry area.

Improvements to the property include the addition of Federalist Era antiques to bedrooms and common areas, redesigned landscaping features that offer a better view of the Inn’s entryway and a host of new artwork including a restored portrait of Laurance Rockefeller from his time as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

“The result of these enhancements was to align the resort more closely to its Federal heritage and the beauty of Woodstock,” said project designer Paul Duesing in an interview. “As guests arrive and enter the Inn itself, they will be welcome as if they are in a classic New England home, with a warm, inviting ambience in the lobby that really serves as a living room for the community.”

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Four Seasons Welcomes Visitors at Renovated Surf Club Resort

Four Seasons Welcomes Visitors at Renovated Surf Club ResortWhen The Surf Club Resort in Miami Beach first opened its doors in 1930, it soon became well-known as a popular destination for some of the most famous Hollywood stars of the Golden Age of American cinema. Over the course of the next several decades, the resort attracted pop culture icons, business magnates and even heads of state to the sandy shores of South Florida. Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner visited the resort on their honeymoon. Winston Churchill rented two cabanas at The Surf Club—one for painting, and one for napping. Even during prohibition, the bar at The Surf Club remained stocked with fine liquor thanks to rum runners from Cuba and the Bahamas.

Now, after being purchased by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the historic Miami Beach property has gotten a new lease on life thanks to an extensive five-year redevelopment project that added two 12-story condominium towers, a 72-room hotel, two restaurants, four swimming pools, and more. The project was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier of New York.

The Surf Club looks distinctly more modern under its new moniker as Four Seasons Surfside, but its designers were careful to preserve the resort’s original 1920s Mediterranean aesthetic as well. The new residential buildings flank the original Surf Club property, which has been beautifully restored to its former glory. The interior design of the old hotel was completed by renowned Parisian architect Joseph Dirand.

Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the revival of this iconic Miami Beach property. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield—the original, reusable door protection system.

In Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital Continues to Expand

In Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital Continues to ExpandAs the home of one of the only two Level 1 trauma centers in the state, Froedtert Hospital has played an important role in Wisconsin’s healthcare system since it first opened in 1980. It is also the primary teaching hospital for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Over the course of the last decade, Froedtert Hospital has undergone an extensive expansion project which culminated in the construction of a 12-story Center for Advanced Care which was completed in October 2015 at a cost of $140 million. Prior to that, the hospital also added a $95 million cancer center in 2008.

Now, less than two years after work on the Center for Advanced Care was complete, Froedtert Hospital has received approval for a four-story addition to the building which is expected to cost an additional $43 million. In fact, the building was originally constructed with this four-story addition in mind. It will add roughly 165,000 square feet to the Center for Advanced Care, and allow Froedtert to accommodate anticipated increases in inpatient volume in the future.  The original, 12-story section of the building includes a variety of healthcare facilities including a transplant center, heart and vascular center and surgical specialties clinic.

“The Center for Advanced Care was designed to accommodate vertical expansion of four additional floors,” said Froedtert Media Relations Associate Nalissa Wienke in a statement. “Providing for additional floors while construction of the new building was underway was a cost-effective way to allow for future growth and avoid the much higher cost of separate construction.”

Here at Construction Protection Systems, we’re proud to have had the opportunity to play a part, however small, in the ongoing growth and development of Froedtert Hospital. Stay tuned for more updates from the makers of 1-2-3 Door Shield—the original, reusable door protection system.