Hampton Inn – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Industry – Hospitality
Size – 70,932 sf, 7 stories, 135 guest rooms
General Contractor – Consolidated Construction Co., Inc.
Architect – Abacus Architects
Award – 2015 Projects of Distinction Gold Award by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
Originally opened as a Holiday Inn in 1974 and later a Clarion hotel, the building required a complete gutting, mold remediation, and upgrades of its structure, mechanicals, life safety and exterior. Following building improvements, the contractor also completed all remodeling necessary to re-brand the property as a Hampton Inn. The like-new hotel features 135 rooms, free Wi-Fi, business center, indoor pool, and fitness center, reflecting the brand’s new “Forever Young” prototype. The seven-story hotel now connects to the recently expanded KI Convention Center with an additional structural connector link and is located on 3.11 acres in downtown Green Bay along the Fox River.
Right away Consolidated Construction’s design team got to work on concepts for the new hotel. Knowing their goal of a high-end, select service hotel, Consolidated’s hotel market leader intervened in the earliest stages and connected AHM with Hilton Worldwide to bring the desirable Hampton Inn concept to the property. In-house and external architects began collaborating with Product Improvement Plan (PIP) representatives at Hilton Worldwide to assess the property. In a pre-evaluation report, reps described “significant modifications” that were required both inside and out to comply with Hampton Inn standards and their new “Forever Young” initiative. The team knew the 40-year old hotel would need a substantial face-lift and mechanical upgrades, and they quickly developed a plan that incorporated Hampton’s requirements. City officials and the hotel owners wanted the opening of the Hampton Inn to coincide with the completion of the expanded KI Center.
First, the hotel’s previous banquet room was demolished to make way for the convention center expansion section. This section would span the parking lot to create covered surface parking and additional convention space on the second level. However, a new, 12,000 square foot retail and/or restaurant white box space was added behind the hotel for future tenants. This new space features large windows facing the Fox River – something the previous banquet space had been lacking. Also on the ground floor, all pool mechanicals were replaced. Electrical crews removed and replaced all electrical services, boxes, transformers and the backup generator, while HVAC crews got to work on the ductwork, exhaust fans, in-room PTAC units and common area equipment. The plumbers replaced all of the piping throughout the building and sewer lines. Framers were brought in to reconfigure the bathroom layouts in every guest room. No sprinkler system had ever been installed, so the entire hotel was updated with new heads, pumps, control valves and controllers.
SETTING THE STANDARD
Despite unforeseen structural issues, urban construction on a small site, and delayed material deliveries, the project schedule was adhered to and the Hampton Inn received its certificate of occupancy on September 1, 2015.
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