Properties Magazine August 2013 : Page 55

Accommodating Growth New Courtyard by Marriott equips University Circle with comfortable, modern lodging By Doug Bardwell | Photos courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott niversity Hospitals (UH) and University Circle Inc. (UCI) perceived a strong need for a hotel some time ago, and went out with an RFP in 2008. Through extensive collaboration and coop-eration between many stakeholders, a design concept was finally agreed upon. The recently opened $27 million Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle, at 2021 Cornell Road, now success-fully fulfills that vision. U Financing for the project was a com-plex combination of New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), tax increment financ-ing (TIF), city and county loans and grants, debt and equity. Blending with the neighborhood “After UCI selected our development team, every detail was looked at and evaluated,” Snavely Group Vice President Peter Snavely Jr. says. “From the size of the hotel, to how it would function, we received excellent assistance and ideas from all the stakeholders involved. We co-developed this project with Concord Hospitality – a best-in-class hotel opera-tor and developer. We did a significant amount of outreach to Case Western Reserve University, UH, UCI and the design review district. It was a collab-orative and rewarding experience that resulted in a much better building.” Adds William Kotich, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, project architect with Braun & Steidl Architects, “We knew that we wanted the building to have its own identity, but we wanted it to blend with the modern architecture of University Hospital’s Seidman Cancer Center across the street.” The answer was an eight-story, 103,000-square-foot, block and plank construction with a primarily, sunset-red-colored brick exterior. The northwest corner of the building features insulated aluminum panels above the canopied valet entrance. Special cellular plastic panels provide rain cover for the valet area, yet allow light to flow through. In the evening, additional lighting is provided by a series of down-facing, bullet-shaped mini LED fixtures. A two-story section of dark grey iron spot brick accentuates the entrance and provides tasteful contrast to the 55

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