Hyatt Place Royal Oak Construction Nears Completion
New hotel/mixed-use development to spark revitalization of Detroit suburb
[Royal Oak, MI] – A new, 123-room Hyatt Place hotel is under construction in the lively Detroit suburb of Royal Oak. Topping off (i.e., placement of the roof deck and parapets) has been completed.
The 100,000-square-foot select service hotel, led by Namou Hotel Group, showcases a new Hyatt Place lobby design, along with 4,400 square feet of ground floor space for restaurants and retail. The entire 18,000-square-foot second floor tenant space will offer flexible office work space.
The hotel is part of a mixed-use project led by Trailhead Development. It includes an apartment building and a parking deck.
The Hyatt Place Royal Oak architect (Legat Architects) and general contractor (William A. Randolph Construction) have teamed on a number of Hyatt Place projects, including Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center and Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport.
A Midway Discovery
While in Chicago for business, an executive took note of the Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport under construction. Structurally, it looked different than the preliminary design of the Hyatt Place Royal Oak that his group was developing. The executive stepped into Randolph Construction’s trailer to get the story.
The initial Hyatt Place Royal Oak design called for an entire structure of steel columns and beams. The Chicago hotel he visited also uses that delivery, but only up to the second floor. Floors three to six are metal stud load-bearing masonry.
Legat’s April Maifield, project manager of Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport, said, “By eliminating the steel column and beams on upper floors, you’re creating a more efficient (and therefore less costly) construction: most of the upper floor systems can be created in a climate-controlled warehouse versus on site so builders are not as impacted by weather.”
The Legat team also made subtle programmatic and aesthetic changes to the initial Hyatt Place Royal Oak design to complement existing downtown buildings.
Maifield said, “We were looking at ways to adjust the design so the hotel could be built in the most economical way, while staying consistent with the Hyatt Place brand.”
Construction of Hyatt Place Royal Oak started in April of 2017. The hotel is expected to open in early 2019.
Explore other Hyatt Place projects in the Legat/Randolph portfolio: Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center and Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport.
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