Autograph Collection – New York, NY

The Opportunity

Project manage a change of ownership PIP of the 712 room, 28 story Radisson Hotel, that included increasing the room count by 12 keys, undertaking multiple environmental challenges associated with a 1920’s era building and dealing with landmark approvals. Scope included complete upgrades to all guestrooms, guest bathrooms, corridors, all public spaces, new fire life safety systems, ADA upgrades, environmental abatement and mechanical system challenges. Hotel remained opened with a schedule of eight months for completion. Additional challenges included overcoming an electrical fire (caused by the city) that shut the hotel down for 10 days and compensating for city wide labor shortages.

The Results

Rooms were taken out of service, rolling four floors at a given time. Rooms were stripped to plaster walls including the removal of lead base paint. All public spaces were redeveloped to accommodate the Autograph Collection brand requirements. Rooms were added on multiple floors to increase revenue and add value to the asset. The lobby was redeveloped to include a larger lounge area. A restaurant was converted into a prefunction area with multiple meeting spaces. A complete new fire sprinkler system was installed and included the replacement of a 1950’s era DC powered fire pump and fire alarm system.