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ok.... so I'm a whore for height.. how tall would this be?

 

Nobody's said for sure.  But the small conceptual rendering that was included with the initial annoucement articles show a building that is probably 10 stories above High Street.

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Follow-up to the Convention Center Hotel announcement from the Dispatch...

 

New hotel to have it all: suites, full service

Convention center, city expect lots of revenue

Friday,  March 6, 2009 - 3:10 AM

By Marla Matzer Rose, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH 

 

Columbus has been losing millions of dollars a year by not having more full-service hotel rooms near the convention center, but that situation is about to be remedied.  Local officials formally announced plans yesterday for a new, publicly financed hotel across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  "This new hotel would allow us to compete for 92 percent of events we would like to have here," said Mayor Michael B. Coleman at yesterday's announcement at the convention center.

 

Coleman said the hotel is expected to bring in $2.3 million annually in tax revenue to the city, "which is $23 million over 10 years going to the city's bottom line." Columbus currently has more than twice the number of "limited-service" hotel rooms as full-service. Only the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Crowne Plaza Hotel next to the convention center are considered full-service convention hotels. Full-service properties typically offer such amenities as meeting space, suites, restaurants offering three meals a day and 24-hour room service during large events.

 

Read more at http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/business/stories/2009/03/06/conventionhotel_follow.ART_ART_03-06-09_C10_DDD4OHA.html?sid=101

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That is the least of our worries. A new hotel would be nice, but do we want hotels that will be empty most of the time? We need reasons for people to come here year round, not just for political conventions every four years.

 

We need to focus on revitalizing commercial streets other than High, Like Parsons, W. Broad, E. Main, etc, etc with rail and traffic calming to encourage car alternatives to make these corridors more attractive to businesses while facing a tough economy and deficient local cultures where violence is acceptable. More good neighborhoods which are people-oriented places (vs. car-oriented) means more reasons for people to come here.

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I wrote a <A href="http://www.columbusunderground.com/new-convention-center-hotel-moving-forward">little something</a> up on CU the day this was announced, and one tidbit of info that I received (from a very reliable source) and published that I didn't see any other local news source reporting is this:

 

<i>Rumor also has it that Nationwide could be considering additional private development adjacent to the hotel on currently unused land, bringing an additional 300,000+ square feet of office and retail space to the area situated between High St, Front St, and Nationwide Blvd.</i>

 

Also... here are some site photos I took myself of the "back end" of the site. There's really a lot of unused land over here.

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/hotel6.jpg">

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/hotel7.jpg">

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/hotel8.jpg">

 

<img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/hotel9.jpg">

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Well, considering NRI has more apartments planned to the North of the Arena, I imagine these are offices to compliment then.

 

I'm of the mindset that you can't be too picky with how other people are spending their money. ;) I'm just glad that Nationwide is investing in Columbus AND investing downtown. This whole area would be nothing without them.

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Convention center hotel contracts have architecture firms on notice

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, April 24, 2009

 

A sluggish market and the chance to design a major public works project should have architects lining up to secure design contracts for the Columbus’ proposed convention center hotel.  The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority is looking for a national design architect and a Central Ohio design firm to administer the $160 million project planned for North High Street.  The agency April 20 sent its needs to 58 firms interested in the project.  It also has sought candidates over the Web ahead of a May 19 deadline for applications.

 

Area architects said they expect heavy competition for design contracts, which offer combined fees between 4 percent and 10 percent of the construction cost.  “As desperate as everyone is for work, everybody in the world is going to go after this, both nationally and locally,” said Mick Ball, vice president of marketing at Karlsberger Cos., a design firm in Columbus.  Architects should be chosen as soon as June.  The authority expects to begin looking for construction management firms in May with a selection by July.

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/04/27/story8.html

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Architects list pared for convention hotel

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, June 5, 2009

 

The list has narrowed for the design teams pursuing contracts on the 500-room convention hotel planned for downtown Columbus.  Karlsberger Cos., Moody Nolan Inc., NBBJ Design LLC and 360 Architecture Inc. made the cut of architecture firms in the running to prepare construction and bid documents and handle construction administration as the $160 million project’s architect of record.

 

National firms vying for the design contract are the New York offices of Arquitectonica International Corp., the Dallas office of RTKL Associates Inc., Cooper Carey Inc. of Atlanta, HOK Chicago and TVS Design of Atlanta.  The design contracts attracted 11 Central Ohio design firms, three other Ohio agencies and 31 out-of-state companies that submitted qualifications by the May 19 deadline set by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. 

 

Read more at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/06/08/newscolumn2.html

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Convention center hotel design contracts go to Moody Nolan, HOK

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, June 26, 2009

 

Moody Nolan Inc. will join HOK Chicago to design the 500-room convention hotel planned for downtown.  A selection panel created by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority chose the Columbus firm as architect of record after interviews on June 17 with the other finalists, Karlsberger Cos. and 360 Architecture Ohio Inc.  HOK Chicago emerged as the design architect for the $160 million project after interviews on June 10.

 

The project pairs two firms that have done several developments in the past 15 years, including a 41-story office building under construction in Cincinnati.  Moody Nolan CEO Curt Moody said the firm is “ecstatic” over its selection to administer the high-profile project and produce construction documents based on the HOK Chicago team’s design.

 

While HOK has numerous convention hotel projects in its portfolio, Moody Nolan has limited experience in the hospitality industry with no convention center hotels.  However, the Columbus firm is serving as design architect for a proposed 230-room hotel as part of the Cincinnati riverfront’s Banks project, where it also has designed a 300-unit apartment atop street-level retail.  It also serves as associate architect on the Great American Tower at Queen City Square nearby.

 

Read more at

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/06/29/story12.html

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Design group in hand, officials narrow search for hotel building team

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

 

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority may have the construction management team for a planned $160 million convention center hotel in Columbus in place by mid-July.  A panel evaluating eight contenders whittled the list in half June 24, with interviews of the finalist groups scheduled for July 13, including:

 

• Bovis Lend Lease / Miles McClellan Construction Co.

• Gilbane Building Co. / Corna-Kokosing Construction Co. / McDaniels Construction Corp.

• Holder Construction Co. / Continental Building Systems

• Turner Construction Co. / Smoot Construction Co.

 

The selection could take place soon after the interviews so the convention facilities authority can ratify the decision at its July 14 meeting.  “We really look at the people getting assigned to the project and the experience they’ve had with hotels,” said Jeff Sachs, managing partner at the Strategic Advisory Group Inc., which is an adviser to the authority.  Sachs said the finalists offer local construction managers with knowledge of regional contractors who perform the bulk of the construction.

 

Read more at

http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/07/06/newscolumn2.html

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Turner/Smoot wins contract to build convention hotel

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Friday, July 17, 2009

 

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority has selected the team of Turner Construction Co. and Smoot Construction Co. to build the $160 million convention center hotel planned for downtown.  An authority panel evaluating eight bidders interviewed the Turner/Smoot team and three others July 13, with the authority board ratifying its selection the next day.

 

The board also ratified the earlier selection of HOK Chicago as the design architect, and Moody Nolan Inc. of Columbus to administer the project and create the construction documents as architect of record.

 

http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/07/20/newscolumn2.html

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Here's a better rendering posted over at Columbus Underground.

cchotel.jpg

 

So as I understand it, this rendering is not the final design for the hotel? So in other words, there is a chance it could look completely different and hopefully taller?

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^ that rendering is just a conceptual idea.  The final hotel will be designed by HOK and Moody Nolan.  It will most likely look completely different from what you are seeing here.

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Here's a better rendering posted over at Columbus Underground.

cchotel.jpg

 

So as I understand it, this rendering is not the final design for the hotel? So in other words, there is a chance it could look completely different and hopefully taller?

 

I like this rendering because it is set in Camaroland.

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Hilton huh?  Nice!  Here's some more about this from Business First...

 

Hilton to manage upcoming convention hotel

Business First of Columbus - by Brian R. Ball

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 5:58pm

 

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority at its Tuesday afternoon meeting chose Hilton to market and manage the $160 million facility.  Hilton beat out the other finalist, Marriott International Inc., to operate the hotel that is expected to open in late 2012 or early 2013. 

 

The selection of a hotel management company marks the final major contract before the expected mid-2010 start of construction for the hotel, set for a site on North High Street between Vine Street and Nationwide Boulevard.

 

Full story at http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2009/10/05/daily18.html

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Yeah, the skywalk is unnecessary (seeing how the city destroyed one already).  The building is fine for a gap-filler chain hotel.


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Blast, it looks like it's taking out Char Bar.

Not to fear, the Char Bar's safe.  Here's a photo from the Auditor's website of the Char Bar building.

 

4114374559_1cea1e6292.jpg

 

Looking at that fourth hotel rendering (High Street view looking south), you can see the Char Bar building and the larger Carlile Building are still there. 

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From this morning's Dispatch: 

 

Bigger Hilton hotel to open early, by fall 2012

 

The $140 million hotel is expected to have 532 rooms, up from the original 500, and to be completed by early fall 2012, a couple of months earlier than previously expected, consultant Jeff Sachs and architect Todd Holamka of HOK told convention-center officials and Franklin County commissioners. 

 

One design feature shown yesterday -- an elevated pedestrian walkway across High Street connecting the hotel with the convention center -- generated some reaction.  Curt Moody of Moody Nolan said Mayor Michael B. Coleman was not thrilled with the idea but was "open" to considering it.  "He said, 'I just brought one down,' " said Moody, referring to a pedestrian bridge that was connected to the Columbus City Center mall, which is being leveled.  Dan Williamson, spokesman for Coleman, said the mayor's "first-blush" reaction was that he doesn't like such walkways, which have fallen out of favor with urban planners.  Walkways are common at convention hotels, though, as meeting planners put a premium on hotel rooms and meeting space being under one roof.

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Blast, it looks like it's taking out Char Bar.

Not to fear, the Char Bar's safe. Here's a photo from the Auditor's website of the Char Bar building.

 

4114374559_1cea1e6292.jpg

 

Looking at that fourth hotel rendering (High Street view looking south), you can see the Char Bar building and the larger Carlile Building are still there.

 

Oh I see, the hotel is to the *south* of those buildings. Then it will just be infill.

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Very large and boxy. In that that second rendering it actually looks a little bit like Ibiza when looking south with the glass stacked on top of brick like that.

 

I’m also not a big fan of the skywalk. We want our visitors to experience the city, and that means walking around outside. Also, sidewalk foot traffic = safety. The more eyeballs you have out on the street, the less likely you are to have crime. I don’t think the skywalk is a complete buzzkill for the project though, as I’m sure the added foot traffic of the 500 new hotel rooms should be putting more people on the sidewalks than there were there before. A net gain overall.

 

Otherwise, I’m a fan of the added density to the Downtown landscape. One less parking lot, and one more building. One more step in the right direction… and a fairly large and significant step at that. This project is going to have a very significant impact, not only on Downtown, but the entire region. Big kudos to everyone involved in making this happen.

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The design is rather uninspired, but is a convention hotel, and am sure it will be adequate to fill the immediate need.  Columbus has far too few good rooms to host large conventions.   

 

I know you all hate the skywalk, but the guests will want it and the convention planners will want it.  That is reason enough to have it.  Convenience is the key.  People need to get from the hotel to the conference asap...the street scene is for leisure time.  I worked in the hospitality industry my entire life.. what the guest wants is what is important.  If someone is wearing a special outfit for a convention, they really don't want to fight traffic (even just to cross the street) to get to their booth.  And they certainly don't want to get rained on or snowed on.  You have to think in practical terms. Columbus does not enjoy nice weather year round, and can ill afford to alienate conventioneers. 

 

 

 

 

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I like uninspired sometimes. I don't like 1 or 2 story uninspired, but I like large boxy buildings - more of an old time feel to them.  I don't care that it's not glitzy and/or styling - I find it appealing in the sense of being urban.  I wish we had more big brick boxes around town.

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