[Westlake, OH] – When Stark Enterprises set out to expand Crocker Park just west of Cleveland, the firm enlisted The Olympia Companies and Legat Architects for a modern and upscale select service hotel to capture the excitement of the newest phase of the premier lifestyle development.
The team brought Stark to Chicago’s award-winning Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center hotel. That hotel, also developed by The Olympia Companies and designed by Legat, helped regenerate Chicago’s historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
That tour turned out to be instrumental for Crocker Park. Today, Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, inspired by the Hyatt Place hotel in Hyde Park, stands amid Crocker Park’s bustling retail shops, theater, restaurants, and soon, the 650,000-square-foot headquarters of American Greetings.
“The community embraces this hotel,” said Robert Stark, President & Chief Executive Officer with Stark Enterprises, at the December ribbon cutting ceremony. “We gave them the best.”
The Olympia Companies operates Hyatt Place Cleveland/Westlake/Crocker Park, which includes the Coffee to Cocktails Bar, a café bar in the hotel’s lobby, as well as an indoor pool, fitness center, and meeting rooms. A fire pit, outdoor seating and an overhead catenary lighting system animate the pedestrian laneway on the hotel’s west side.
Mike Zimmerman, Vice President of Development at The Olympia Companies, said, “We are very excited to bring this brand new hotel to Crocker Park. With the Hyatt Place brand being rated highest in guest satisfaction among upscale hotel chains by J.D. Power, this hotel raises the bar on lodging options in Westlake and Cleveland’s west side.”
Same Shape, New Materials
Alan F. Bombick, principal at Legat, said, “Finding the appropriate design expression began with an understanding of regional architecture and the owner’s vision for this gateway site at Crocker Park.”
The leadership tasked Legat’s April Maifield, architectural project manager of the Hyatt Place hotel in Hyde Park, to assume the same role for the Crocker Park facility.
Maifield faced the challenge of maintaining the hotel’s overall appearance, while selecting new façade materials that were regionally manufactured and respectful of the budget. She chose a trio of visually appealing, yet durable materials from local sources: terra cotta shingles (Columbus, Ohio), stainless steel shingles (Elk Horn, Wisconsin), and black face brick (Canton, Ohio).
Maifield said, “The collection of façade materials creates a complimentary texture to the rest of Crocker Park, yet gives the hotel its own identity.”
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