Red Roof Inn - Downtown ColumbusColumbus, OH

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SIZE: 91,720 SF (149 rooms)COST: $8 million COMPLETION DATE: 2001

Our conversion of this decrepit and abandoned 5-story warehouse into a premier city hotel location for Red Roof Inns is one more example of our expertise with extensive renovation and new uses for older buildings. Originally designed as a warehouse, the site provided an ideal location for Red Roof Inn. The goal was was twofold: to achieve generous hotel rooms with comforts of a new in-town hotel while adhering to the inn’s reputation for quality accommodations at a reasonable price and to preserve the proportions and character of the original building structure. Fitting hotel rooms consistent with Red Roof Inn into a building not designed to house sleeping accommodations included major modifications to the original structure, such as the insertion of a new floor between floors one and two, and the addition of a seventh floor. We gutted all floors, designed new layouts for each floor, integrated two new stair towers and two new traction elevators with machine rooms located in the basement to save on space, replaced all windows, tinted and restored weathered brick, and removed an additional small attached building from the west façade. Our final challenge was to integrate an entire new roof system that embodied the essence of the building style. Even though the project was performed under a tight budget, architectural features were added in the lobby to achieve an interior aura of a more costly and traditional downtown hotel. This was the first project to be reviewed by the ‘newly’ adopted Downtown Commission guidelines in 1998.