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Hotels and resorts

Of all the creative

disciplines, the design of
hotels and resorts is one
of the most diverse and

Atkins has an established

reputation of being one of the
worlds premier hotel designers
with an international portfolio
of instantly recognizable
signature projects.
Our strength lies in our ability
to deliver an appropriate blend
of technical expertise and
creative design. This capability
is particularly relevant in our
specialty area of five-star and
luxury hotels, hotel apartments,
and resorts.
With a full complement of
in-house teams of architects,
structural and building services
engineers, sustainability
consultants, and other specialists,

we are able to offer tailored

services throughout the entire
spectrum of design, architecture,
sustainability, planning, and
We transform ideas into reality
by effectively managing single or
multidisciplinary project teams.
We understand the importance
of engaging with stakeholders
throughout a projects lifetime
and coordinating teams in
partnering frameworks.
Our clients include local
government authorities,
developers, private business
establishments, and other
international organizations.

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Atkins provides the full spectrum

of in-house services to our hotel
and resort clients:

Who we are

What we do

Atkinsone of the worlds leading design and

engineering firmsdelivers a wide range of
services to respond to technically challenging and
time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent
transition to a low carbon economy. With 17,500
employees in 300 offices throughout the United
States and abroad, our size brings significant value
to our clients, allowing us to harness the talents
of creative professionals to produce outstanding
solutions to challenging problems.

Whether its the concept for a new skyscraper, the

renovation of a hotel, the master plan of a resort,
or the improvement of a management process, we
plan, design, and enable solutions.

We are passionate about what we do and relish

the challenge to provide innovate and stimulating
hotel design. We are driven by the belief that our
surroundings directly influence the quality of our
lives, whether in the work place, at home, or in
the public spaces in between. This emphasis on
the social dimension is fundamental to our design
philosophy, which takes as its starting point the
acknowledgement that architecture is generated by
the needs of people.

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Our dedicated team of hotel specialists has

extensive knowledge of hotel design, and we are
devoted to creating hotels and resorts on a practical
level to craft or reinforce a sense of place that will
be part of the legacy for future generations.

Asset management
Building information modeling (BIM)
Civil engineering
Construction management
Cost estimating
Electrical engineering
Environmental planning
Feasibility studies
Fire protection and life safety
Geographic information systems (GIS)
Information technology
Landscape architecture
Lighting design
Marine and coastal development
Master planning and urban design
Mechanical engineering
Plumbing engineering
Program management
Security consulting
Stakeholder and community engagement
Structural engineering
Sustainability and environmental consulting
Traffic engineering
Transportation planning
Urban planning

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Hotel design services

Atkins brings together

the experience, ingenuity,
management skills, and
financial acumen to optimize
capital projects and deliver
complex hotel and resort
developments. Our regional
teams provide services for the
hotel and leisure sectors using
local knowledge and relevant
international expertise.
Each of our projects is driven by
exacting design processes that
respond uniquely to each client,
context, and place. This approach
often results in a unique building
or structure that becomes a
familiar and symbolic landmark
emblematic of its location
and respectful of the unique
characteristics of its setting.
Such projects often incorporate
a degree of innovation
sometimes social, sometimes
technologicaland they are
particularly successful when both
attributes occur simultaneously.
With more than two decades of
experience in hospitality design,
Atkins has a thorough working
knowledge of design guidance

and specific legislation relating

to hotel developments. Based
on our internally published book
Atkins Hotel Guidelines, we
have developed a software tool
that incorporates standards and
regulations for hotel planning
and design and generates
a schedule of hotel space
requirements that serves as a
reference during pre-concept
and concept design stages.

Select awards and

accolades for hotel
and resort projects
Our comprehensive
understanding of the hierarchy
of and relationships between
operational functions,
coupled with our expertise in
international hotel requirements
and guidelines, has provided us
with unparalleled knowledge of
current design thinking and
best practices.

We also have a detailed and

practical knowledge of methods
to translate guidance and
legislation into the built form
o create facilities that are fit
for purpose.
Value and inherent flexibility are
other major considerations we
incorporate into our solutions.
Based on our experience,
we consider a number of
fundamental factors and
concerns to formulate our
recommendations on materials
and finishes; these include
durability, ease of maintenance,
and the comparison of shortterm costs versus long-term or
whole life costs.
We embrace the importance
of back-of-house facilities
and imaginatively treat these
areaswhich are the heart of
the hotelto enhance living
standards in this underground
At Atkins, our goal is to provide
an ambience that is conducive
to work, thus raising morale,
increasing staff efficiency,
and delivering high levels of
productivity and services.

Burj Al Arab
Tallest All Suite Hotel in the World
Guinness Book of World Records
2003, Winner Retail/Offices/Commercial
Development, Cityscape Awards
Durrat Marina
2008, Best Marina Development - Bahrain,
CNBC Property Awards
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
2009, Best Hotel in the Middle East,
Business Travellor Award
2009, Best Hotel in the Middle East,
Virgin Holidays UK
2009, Top Hotel in the Middle East,
Business Traveller Award
Regatta Arch Hotel
2010, Prix dExcellece Award, Nusa Dua Bali, FIABCI
Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental
2009, Future Projects - Commercial (Shortlist),
World Architecture Festival
The Address, Downtown Dubai
2011, UAEs Leading Business Hotel,
World Travel Awards
2009, Best New Hotel, World Hotel Awards
2009, Dubais Leading Lifestyle Hotel and Middle
Easts Leading New Hotel, World Travel Awards
2008, Hotel Business Lounge of the Year,
Commercial Interior Design Awards
2008, Neos, Best Leisure and Entertainment Venue,
Commercial Interior Design Awards
Zhanjiang Minda Sheraton
2009, Human Habitat Classic Award (for design),
Architectural Society of China

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Project 2011-1: Grand Floridian

Timeshare Resort
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Features: Located adjacent to the Grand Floridian
Hotel at Walt Disney World Resort
Size: 200,000 square feet

Located adjacent to the Victorian-style flagship

hotel of Walt Disney World Resort, Project 2011-1
is a 147-key timeshare, the first luxury product in
the Disney Vacation Club collection. The projects
six floors house studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom,
and grand villa suites in a striking red-gabled
building that complements the architecture of the
existing resort and sits along the sandy shores of
Seven Seas Lagoon.

This $65 million development is employing a

design-build delivery methodology with an
integrated project delivery approach and BIM
technology. The building model is being used for
design coordination, clash detection, construction
scheduling, cost estimating, and asset management.

To accommodate an additional 700 guests, a new

water activity pool and cascading water feature
will be incorporated along with numerous program
enhancements to existing pools, restaurants, and
retail venues.

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Plaza Resort and Spa

Daytona Beach, Florida
Features: 14-story luxury condo/
hotel with 323 guest rooms and
20 suites
Size: 350,000 square feet

This proposed mixed-used development offers

magnificent views over Al Ain and important local
landmarks. The five-star hotel tower, executive
apartment tower, and office/commercial tower also
includes a basement complex for separate parking
facilities for each component.
The landscape design is based on the landscape
master plan developed by the concept architect and
will complement the strong Moroccan theme of the
architecture and interior design. It will incorporate
a mix of uses and features required by the hotel
operator; these features include swimming pools,
associated sunbathing decks and childrens pools,
landscaped gardens and planting areas, small
private gardens for the residential villas, restaurant
seating areas, courtyards in the commercial
building, and all interlinking pedestrian networks.

The design will suggest the Moroccan theme

mainly through the use of materials, the majority
of which will be natural stone such as granite,
travertine, slate, and sandstone with color and
interest provided by ceramic and porcelain tile
insets, banding, and wall cladding.

Al Ain Marriott Hotel

Al Ain, UAE
Features: Five-star hotel tower
with 258 rooms and 8 villas,
executive apartment tower, and
office/commercial tower
Size: 750,000 square feet

Stretching across the Seabreeze

Avenue beach approach, the
historic Plaza Resort & Spa
has been entertaining guests
for more than a century. The
existing 100-year-old hotel was
renovated and converted into a
premier luxury condo/hotel. This
prominent local landmark
in the heart of the Daytona
tourist district includes
completely renovated guest
rooms, public lobbies, front desk,
hotel guest facilities, and food
and beverage areas.
Particular attention was paid
to the aesthetic goal of the
projectto restore the Old
Florida character and spirit
of the original resort while
upgrading facility systems
to current code. The phased
renovation maintained the
integrity and intent of the resorts
original classic design, and the
newly renovated Plaza is now
considered one of the premier
resorts in Daytona Beach.

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Harmony Hotel
Osceola County, Florida

Seminole Paradise Hard

Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, Florida

Features: Multi-story, 65-suite

and deluxe suite, full-service
boutique hotel with 15,000
square feet of retail

Features: 350,000-square-foot
entertainment destination
Size: 350,000 square feet

Size: 68,000 square feet

This hotel, which will be the cornerstone for the

entire Harmony Town Center development, will
provide accommodations to attract both business
and recreational travelers, especially those seeking
an adjacent golf course and pet-friendly amenities.
Within its urban setting, the 11,000-acre parcel is a
rambling expanse of broad meadows and wetlands,
natural and manmade lakes, and towering stands
of southern pines. The site is home to abundant
wildlife, including sandhill cranes, ospreys, owls,
and gopher turtles. Capitalizing on the sites natural
beauty, many green and renewable elements will
be incorporated into the design.

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Upon completion, the overall hotel layout design

will provide 75 finely appointed suites and deluxe
suites on single-loaded corridors overlooking the
existing golf course and newly constructed Town
Center Park. Other accommodations will include
state-of-the-art business and meeting rooms
equipped with the latest communication system
technologies. Level two of the hotel will feature a
breakfast restaurant, family swimming pool, pool
deck, and a fully equipped fitness center.

This 350,000-square-foot entertainment

destination includes retail, restaurant, and
nightclub venues in an urban-scale entertainment
district adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
The complex has retail, restaurant, and nightclub
districts, each with its own individual expression
in terms of scale, form, and detail. Adjacent to
the casino and nightclub district is a 5,000-seat
entertainment venue designed for a variety of
performance acts, from live concerts to rodeos.

Features include the 12-story Mediterraneanstyle hotel tower with 481 guest rooms and 86
suites with panoramic views, a 145,000-squarefoot casino, a 4-acre lagoon-style pool area, 15
restaurants, 16 shops, a poker room, spa, improv
comedy club, 10 bars and nightclubs, and the Hard
Rock Live concert venue.

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Cay Club Resorts

and Marina
Clearwater and Sarasota, Florida
Features: Marina-based resort condominium hotel
evocative of Venice, Italy
Size: 625,000 square feet

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This 625,000-square-foot, marina-based resort

includes a condominium hotel and apartments,
retail and restaurant uses, hotel amenities, and
back-of-house functions on previously developed
commercial and residential sites.

beach towns, where porch-sitting and strolling are

activities at least as important as swimming and
sunbathing, with simple beach cottage architecture
that takes advantage of the breezes and offers
broad views of Sarasota Bay.

Each Cay Club resort is intended to have its own

distinct identity. The Sarasota Cay Club recreates
the relaxed environment of Southern coastal

The Clearwater Cay Club captures the romance

of Venice, with narrow streets, small squares, and
canals for gondolas.

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AtlanticA Resort
Luperon Bay,

Dominican Republic
Features: Hotels, townhomes,
villas, retail, energy plant, airport,
and seaport
Size: 2,300 acres

AtlanticA will be one of the largest and most

innovative multi-use resort communities in the
Caribbean and will include more than 3,500
residential units (most with private docks) with
plans for 20 hotels, 550 shops and restaurants,
and 3 golf courses. The resort will offer a private
airport; an internal transportation system designed
for water taxis, golf carts, bicycles, and foot trails; a
harbor with a cruise ship terminal; and a multitude
of docking facilities.
Located on the northern tip of the Dominican
Republic in the Luperon Bayone of the few
natural harbors and hurricane shelters in the area
the resort community will be a leading yachting
destination and the golf capital of the Caribbean.
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Marriott World
Center Resort
Orlando, Florida
Features: 2,000 guest rooms
and suites, 10 restaurants and
lounges, 450,000 square feet
of event space, golf, full-service
spa, tropical pools, waterfalls,
whirlpools, and waterslide

This golf and spa resort offers endless experiences,

from creating lasting family memories to hosting
spectacularly executed meetings and events. The
resort towers above more than 200 acres of prime
lush, green, and beautifully landscaped areas. In
this magnificent locale, close to the areas major
attractions, is a resort that offers everything guests
could possibly want.

More than 2,000 well-appointed guest rooms and

suites serve as relaxing, comfortable retreats for
both leisure and business travelers. Ten restaurants
and lounges offer a dazzling array of dynamic
culinary experiences. A total of 450,000 square
feet of event space draws groups of every size from
around the world.

Size: 450,000 square feet

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WaterColor Beach Resort

WaterColor, Florida

Pittstown Point Landings Resort

Crooked Island, Bahamas

Features: Nearly 1,200

residential dwelling units and a
60-room resort hotel

Features: Marina, townhomes, offices, retail,

clubhouse, and bar

Size: 500 acres

Size: 60 acres

WaterColor is a southern coastal resort and

residential community located directly on
the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida. The
community includes a mix of single- and multifamily residences; commercial, office, and retail
development; and recreational facilities.

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The resort reflects the existing character of the

Walton County Gulf coast, complementing the
nearby communities of Seaside and Seagrove
Beach by creating a spacious community with
an emphasis on natural environmental features.
Combining a traditional residential development
with the goal of environmental stewardship, the
projects master plan includes approximately 300
acres as natural recreational space. The primary
recreational amenities are its natural features
including the Gulf beach, 220-acre coastal
dune Western Lake, and the existing vegetative
communities. Five active recreational facilities
include an 11,000-square-foot beach club with
dressing rooms, lockers, showers, meeting space,
and day-use facilities, and a marina club that
provides residents with a 20-slip boat dock and dry
storage racks for up to 60 canoes and kayaks.

Pittstown Point Landings is envisioned as a

luxurious island resort for the sports fishing
enthusiast. Sited on Crooked Island in the southern
Bahamas Islands chain, this ambitious, four-phase,
low-rise development encompasses an upscale
hotel, private yacht marina, exclusive residential
area, and existing airstrip.
The master plan goals are to maximize view
angles, create an active edge to the marina,
and provide various residential uses and guest
amenities. The Phase I building program consists
of the marina; 18 one-, two-, and three-bedroom

townhomes; Harbor Master offices; marina

retail; a marina clubhouse; and a bar and grill.
Additional components are the infrastructure for
25 single-family home lots, a reverse osmosis water
treatment plant, a sewage treatment plant, an inground pool, and parking.
Beachfront cottages will be elevated on low stilts or
light masonry pilings to allow more air circulation.
The prominent feature of Bahamian architecture,
which this resorts architecture will mimic, is the
balustrated front porches that sometimes wrap
around all building sides on multiple levels.

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Gaylord Palms Hotel

Kissimmee, Florida
Features: Luxury hotel with

1,400 guestrooms, gardens,

meeting space, exhibit hall,
restaurants, and entertainment

The Gaylord Palms Hotel, built in the Old

World Grand Floridian style, was designed
to blend yesterdays charm of southern
hospitality with todays exceptional levels of
service, family-oriented entertainment, and
recreation for which Opryland Nashville and
its parent company Gaylord Entertainment
are well known.

Beach Walk
Clearwater, Florida

Situated only minutes from the main gates

of Walt Disney World Resort in KissimmeeSt. Cloud, the 65-acre property features
1,400 guestrooms including 118 suites (10
of which are presidential suites), 4 acres of
gardens under glass, 380,000 square feet of
meeting and pre-function space (including
a 178,000-square-foot exhibit hall), three
restaurants, and several entertainment venues.

Features: Pedestrian

promenade with public

plaza space, unique beach
entrances, public art,
sidewalk cafs, restaurants,
courtyards, and seating areas

Size: 65-acre multi-use complex

Size: 2,400-foot-long by

25-foot-wide pedestrian

With its gentle surf, beautiful sunsets, and

wide sandy white shores, Clearwater Beach
located in Pinellas County along the west coast
of Floridahas been a nationally recognized
destination for beachgoers for decades. The
creation of Beach Walk, a 2,400-foot-long by
25-foot-wide pedestrian promenade, added
entry gateways, public plaza space, unique
beach entrances, seaside-inspired public art,
outdoor sidewalk cafs, restaurants, hotel
courtyards, balconies, and seating areas.

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Strategically located seating alcoves, shaded

by palm trees, serve as places for rest and
conversation and offer activity centers with
cast-in-place, glass-tiled chess and
backgammon game boards. Lush landscaping
includes more than 500 palm trees and
thousands of flowering plants. A whimsical
stainless steel sundial with interactive mist
fountain is the focal point of Sundial Plaza, and
on the beach side visitors can purchase gifts,
supplies, and refreshments at the Oasis Pavilion.

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The Address Downtown

Dubai, UAE
Features: 1,004 feet high,
63-story five-star hotel and
serviced apartments
Size: 1.8 million square feet

The Address Downtown Dubai is a skyscraper

hotel and residential tower located alongside the
Dubai Mall, Old Town, and Lake Dubai. At 1,004
feet and 63 stories, it is the 11th tallest building
in Dubai and features 196 lavish rooms and 626
serviced residences. The Address Downtown
Dubai offers a vast array of gourmet experiences,
modern meeting and event venues, a signature
spa, a lavishly appointed fitness center, pools, and
numerous indulgent amenities and services.
The vertical aerofoil section of the tower rises
proudly from a podium of swirling layers, calling
to mind a robust seaside headland. The crisp
white detailing, the exceptional landscaping of the
walkways, concourses and decks, and the glint
of stainless steel embellishments contribute to
an unmistakable air of elegance that titillates the
senses with intrigue and delight. As a result of its
superb exterior lighting, the property glitters as
evening beckons.
The restrained color palette, the richly articulated
plinth levels, and the interaction between the
volume of the tower and its dramatic crest all
evoke the epitome of 1930s glamour by radiating
grace, style, and elegance.
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Shanghai Harbor City

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Shanghai, China
Features: 355-bed, five-star
business and resort hotel
Size: 725,000 square feet

The flower-inspired plan provides a pragmatic hotel

layout in the form of a central dome connected to
five petal-shaped wings containing hotel rooms,
restaurants, and meeting rooms. The simple
geometry allows all rooms to have unobstructed
lake views. Atriums, designed as themed gardens,
illuminate and ventilate the split central corridors
leading to the rooms.
The concept for this low-rise hotel was developed
from the award-winning master plan that Atkins
proposed for its location, Lin Gang New Town, near
Shanghai. Resting on an island in a 1,200-acre circular
lake at the center of the new town, the design is
both simple and striking and within the 50 foot
height limit stipulated by the planning guidelines.

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The space between the wings provides sheltered

areas for gardens, pools, and sports grounds,
while a low building connecting the conference
and dining wings provides service and kitchen
accommodation. Separate buildings house a small
marina and clubhouse, playgrounds, gardens, and
a golf course.
External walls of natural timber harmonize with
the lush landscaping, while the many angles and
gentle curves of the zinc roof catch the eye with an
attractive glitter when glimpsed from the shoreline.

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Beijing Yongtai Four Points

Beijing, China
Features: 355-room, fivestar hotel and 177 serviced
Size: 323,000 square feet

This unconventional yet

functional hotel is typical
of modern Beijings
The strong pattern of window openings alludes
to the great traditions of Chinese masonry and, in
recognition of its potential as a wedding venue,
the end elevation incorporates a pattern similar to
the double happiness character always displayed
prominently at Chinese wedding celebrations.
The hotel rooms are located in the building
fronting the street on the south side of the site,
with a courtyard separating it from the serviced
apartments to the north. Banqueting facilities are
in this inner courtyard, and curved walls provide
spatial benefit from the inside and visual benefit
from the outside, as do the curvilinear exteriors of
the serviced apartments.
The buildings top level is a skewed glass prism
that intersects the masonry volume of the hotel
and provides interest to an otherwise parallel
layout. It contains business executive lounges and
a corporate club for business development, and
offers expansive views over Beijing.

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Shimao Wonderland
Intercontinental Hotel
Songjiang, China
Features: Futuristic 388-room,
five-star resort and business hotel
Size: 532,000 square feet

This competition-winning
design for this resort and
business hotel is set in a
water-filled quarry.
The quarry and hotel combine to form an
integrated whole where, governed by restrictions
on building height, the hotels 17 stories occupy
only two levels above ground and barely intrude on
the natural beauty for which the area is famous.
At water level are a gym center, swimming
pool and spa, restaurants and cafes, and a
banqueting center for conference facilities that can
accommodate up to 1,000 people. At the lowest
point, two room levels are submerged, offering
guests a spectacular view into what is in effect a
natural fresh-water aquarium.
At ground level, the grass-roofed podium houses
hotel and conference center entrances that lead to
a glass-clad river, which eventually turns into a
vertical circulation waterfall that cascades down
the 260-foot-deep quarry.

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The quarry provides guests and visitors with views,

activities, and experiences and protects the hotel
from weather extremes. The thermal mass of the
rock stabilizes the hotel environment and reduces
energy input into the building. In return, the
hotel rejuvenates the quarry and for the first time
brings humans and the environment together in a
sustainable relationship.

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Zhanjiang Minda Sheraton

Zhanjiang, China

Chengdu Hilton Hotel

Features: 537-room hotel tower,

office tower, and dormitory unit

Features: 515-room hotel,

office, and apartment tower

Size: 2.2 million square feet

Size: 2.2 million square feet

square feet

Chengdu, China

The design treats three independent components

(hotel, office, and apartments) as a single sculptural
composition. Three equal height towers with
triangular plan forms and chamfered top planes
are arranged on the rectangular site in the new
south exhibition and conference district just outside
Chengdus third ring road.

Situated on the subtropical shores of the South

China Seas, close to the Leizhou peninsula, this
site lies between the citys major thoroughfare and
the beach. With a southeasterly outlook toward a
sheltered bay lined with coastal parks and sandy
beaches, the plot bisects a 164-foot-wide green
urban axis radiating from the new civic center.
The projects buildings have been carefully oriented
to optimize the spectacular views. Tower A houses
the 537-room Sheraton hotel, atop a podium
containing a 1,200-seat banquet hall, restaurants,
bars, and reception areas. Tower B accommodates
high-grade office space above a podium of
entertainment spaces.

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The towers are splayed on plan, and the rooms

within each are rotated 30 degrees off axis, giving
every room a splendid private view of the bay.
Slightly offsetting the floor plans up and down the
towers creates a ridged, curving profile that brings
to mind seashells, and the crown of sail-like tensile
structures sheltering the terraced suites completes
the nautical theme.

The symmetrical hotel and serviced apartment

towers face the main road to the east. The larger
plan office tower sits behind, facing the apex of
the space formed by the other two structures. Such
symmetrical arrangements are not uncommon
in China, as they protect a great formality and
presence to the city.
On the main street faade, a dramatic crystalline
canopy marks the entrance to a lobby that
extends organically at ground level into the space
connecting the three towers.
Above this lobby are two linear zones of
landscaping that provide a peaceful garden, an
area for relaxation, and convivial meeting spaces
shared by occupants of the three towers.

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Ibis and Novotel Hotels

Dubai, UAE
Features: Two independent hotels with shared
common space and recreational amenities with a
total of 554 rooms
Size: 665,000 square feet

This project consists of two independent ninestory hotel towers with a total of 554 rooms and is
situated in the heart of Deira business district.
The proportions and massing of this project are
based on solid forms with punctured linear voids
invoking traditional modern architecture. The
lighting design is based on a control philosophy
with a choice of efficient light sources that will not
only minimise the cost of the installations but the
cost of operating them too.
The L-shaped Ibis Hotel is situated to the
north, accommodating 365 rooms while the
straight winged Novotel Hotel faces the south,
accommodating 189 rooms. Both hotels are
independent facilities designed in a U-shape
around a courtyard above the roof of a two story
podium. The terraced deck houses a swimming
pool, health facilities and landscape gardens. The
ground and mezzanine podium encloses an openair courtyard.

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Burj Al Arab
Dubai, UAE
Features: 202-suite luxury hotel
Size: 1.2 million square feet

Most icons
have in common
an economy
and uniqueness
of form.
Because the city has historically been a hub for
maritime trade with Africa, India, and China, it
seemed appropriate to borrow from this seafaring
heritagehence the hotels theme of the billowing
spinnaker sail of a hi-tech J class yacht.
At 1,000 feet in height, the Burj Al Arab is
acknowledged as the tallest single structure hotel in
the world. It also houses the worlds tallest atrium,
which at 600 feet in height addresses the space
that is the core of the hotel and provides a constant
reminder of location. Access to and from the 202
luxurious duplex bedroom suites is via the wide
open balconies that flank two sides of the atrium.

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1994 1999. The image of the Burj Al Arab is reproduced under licence from Jumeirah International LLC.


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Jumeriah Beach Hotel

Dubai, UAE
Features: Five-star luxury hotel
with 600 rooms and suites
Size: 700,000 square feet

ranked among the
worlds top hotels.
The Jumeirah has become a benchmark for fivestar hotels worldwide. Its eye-catching exterior
has served as a backdrop for many key events
held in Dubai, and the interior houses a wealth of
innovative designs.
To take advantage of its breathtaking surroundings,
the hotel was conceptualized with an unusually
long and high design that is curved both in plan
and elevation. This design resulted in a breaking
ocean wave shape with 600 rooms and suites,
all of which offer uninterrupted sea views in a
dynamic 26-story structure, 300 feet high and 900
feet long.

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Key personnel

For more than three decades, Ms. Boettcher has been transforming ideas into reality.
Her architectural practice experience includes serving private and public sector clients in
specialized markets such as hospitality, entertainment, zoos and aquariums, museums,
retail, restaurant, and mixed-use developments. Her demonstrated strengths include
a keen ability to comprehensively and seamlessly manage the design process from
concept through construction. Her expertise in numerous project delivery methodologies
includes integrated project delivery, design-build, design-bid-build, construction
manager, and construction manager-at-risk. She is a standout project leader in all design
phases including master planning, program development, technical documentation,
and construction administration. Ms. Boettcher excels in managing large-scale, complex
projects and overseeing multiple concurrent building projects for single clients as part
of capital improvement programs.
Relevant experience
Grand Floridian Resort Timeshare at Walt Disney World,
Walt Disney Imagineering, Orange County, Florida
Legendary Grande Hotel, Destin, Florida
Sarasota Cay Club, Cristal Clear Companies, Sarasota, Florida
Clearwater Cay Club, Cristal Clear Companies, Clearwater, Florida
Plaza Resort & Spa, Oceans Resorts International,
Daytona Beach, Florida
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Restaurants at Palm Pointe, Orlando, Florida
Seminole Paradise Retail Entertainment Complex at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino,
Hollywood, Florida
CityWalk, Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida
Al Houara Coastal Resort, Morocco
Marriott Curacao Timeshare Development, Curacao
Mahogany Bay Shore Excursion,
Carnival Cruise Lines, Roatan, Honduras
Pittstown Point Landings Resort, Crooked Island, Bahamas
AtlanticA Resort, Bay of Luperon, Dominican Republic
Putnam Hotel, Deland, Florida
Johnson Space Center Hotel and Conference Facilities,
Delaware North Companies, Houston, Texas

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Frances Boettcher, AIA, LEED

Senior Project Manager
B.Arch., Architecture,
Pennsylvania State, 1976
Registered Architect:
Florida, AR0015272, 1995
New Jersey, AI12052, 1991
Pennsylvania, RA008821, 1981
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited
Professional Building Design
and Construction (LEED AP
BD+C), U.S. Green Building
Council, 2009

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Gary Wingo, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Architect

B.A., Architecture and
Environmental Design, Texas
A&M University, 1989
Registered Architect:
Washington, DC, ARC5508, 1993
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited
Professional Building Design
and Construction (LEED AP
BD+C), U.S. Green Building
Council, 2010

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Mr. Wingos 18 years of sophisticated design, planning, and architectural detailing

experience have provided him with a profound understanding of multiple building
types across a broad spectrum of design sectors including hotels, resorts, theme parks,
medical, education, office, surface transit, federal, and military. His expertise in building
information modeling (BIM)/4-D database-driven modeling (Revit) and the use of
real-time rapid techniques during conceptual design charrettes affords him the ability
to streamline the decision-making process by integrating programming, functional
alternatives, sustainability, value engineering, and cost-effective betterments across all
design disciplines. Mr. Wingos intuitiveness, enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment
result in high design value for each client and aesthetic excellence on each project.
Relevant experience
Grand Floridian Resort Annex at Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering,
Orange County, Florida
Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort (formerly Fairfield Resort at Bonnet Creek), Wyndham
Resorts LLC, Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney World Guest Transportation, Walt Disney Imagineering, Orange County,
Epcot Theme Park Germany Pavilion, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering,
Orange County, Florida
Hollywood Studios Theater of the Stars Attraction, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney
Imagineering, Orange County, Florida
Visiting Airmen Living Quarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District,
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Royal Park Complex, Confidential Client, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Versailles Almaty, Confidential Client, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Lake City Complex, Confidential Client, Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Ten Modular Barracks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Program Center,
Bagram Army Airfield, Parvan Province, Afghanistan
Project 777 Theme Park/Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu
Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Universal Dubailand Surf City, Surfs Up Catch a Wave Ride, Universal Studios
Dubailand Theme Park LLC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Universal Dubailand Epic Adventures, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure Ride, Universal
Studios Dubailand Theme Park LLC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Mr. Classe has more than 27 years of experience in civil engineering and real estate
development including all aspects of management and administration; planning;
entitlements; design; permitting through local, state, and federal governmental
agencies; and construction. His specific project experience includes a variety of largescale multidiscipline projects ranging from single-family, multifamily, commercial, and
mixed-use communities to themed entertainment and resort hotels.

John Classe Jr, PE

Civil Engineer

Disneys Caribbean Beach Resort Hotel,

Disney Development Company, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Disneys Old Key West Resort,
Disney Development Company, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Disneys Port Orleans Resort French Quarter and Riverside,
Disney Development Company, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Eco Town Siewierz,
TUP SA and New Broad Street Companies, Siewierz, Poland
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World,
Silverton Properties, Orlando, Florida
Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World,
Walt Disney Imagineering, Orange County, Florida
Disneys Fort Wilderness Resort at Walt Disney World,
Walt Disney Imagineering, Orange County, Florida
WaterColor Beach Resort,
The St. Joe Company, Walton County, Florida
Celebration Hotel,
Celebration Hotel, Ltd., Celebration, Florida
Embassy Suites at American Way,
The Kessler Enterprises, Inc., Orlando, Florida

Professional Engineer:
Florida, 39428, 1988

B.S., Civil Engineering, Auburn
University, 1983

Real Estate Brokers License:

Florida, BK3049885

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Victor Diaz, PE, LEED AP

Electrical Engineer
B.S., Electrical Engineering,
University of Puerto Rico, 1991
Professional Engineer:
Florida, 55919, 1998
Puerto Rico, 12660, 1992
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited
Professional (LEED AP), U.S.
Green Building Council, 2007

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Mr. Diaz has 18 years of electrical project management/electrical design experience

involving the design of lighting, power, fire alarm, and low-voltage systems for hotels
and resorts. His project management expertise includes supervising staff; serving as the
point of contact with clients/building owners; establishing budgets and managing time,
effort, and revenue; performing marketing, fee negotiations, and contract revisions;
performing design phases; carrying out construction administration; and providing
quality assurance/quality control services.
Relevant experience
55 West on the Esplanade, Euro American Advisors, Orlando, Florida
The Vue at Lake Eola, Westminster Partners, LLC, Orlando, Florida
Mills Park Mixed-Used Development, Pelloni Development Corporation, Orlando,
The Square at International Drive Retail Buildings, Unicorp National Developments,
Orlando, Florida

Mr. Sanchez has 30 years of experience in the design of electrical, power distribution,
lighting, fire protection, data/voice communication, and emergency generator systems.
As a result of his vast experience, he is intimately familiar with the requirements of the
National Electric Code and the Life Safety Code.
Relevant experience
Sonesta Beach Hotel and Tennis Club, VMS Realty Partners, Key Biscayne, Florida
The Palace, The Palace Condominiums, Bal Harbour, Florida
The Acropolis at Brickell Condominium, Acropolis Ventures, Inc., Miami, Florida
Boca Raton Hotel and Tennis Club, Daiwa House Industry Company, Ltd., Boca Raton,
Olympia York, Holland and Knight, Orlando, Florida
Douglas Center, Spills and Candle, Miami, Florida
Virgin Grand Beach Resort, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, St. Thomas, U.S.
Virgin Islands

Herminio Sanchez
Electrical Designer
B.S., Electrical Technology,
Florida International University,

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Pelayo Calante, PE, LEED AP

Mechanical Engineer
M.S., Nuclear Engineering,
Moscow Institute of Power
Engineering, 1984
B.S., Nuclear Engineering,
Moscow Institute of Power
Engineering, 1981
Professional Engineer (Mechanical):
Florida, 53289, 1999
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited
Professional (LEED AP), U.S.
Green Building Council, 2008

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Mr. Calante has 27 years of experience in mechanical, nuclear, civil, and

environmental engineering; quality control; design; and project management.
His varied career includes work as a mechanical engineer, nuclear engineer, civil
engineer, environmental engineer, and associate professor where he taught
courses in the construction and assembly of nuclear power plants. His extensive
knowledge of building and design codes includes the National Fire Protection
Association; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and the Air
Conditioning Engineers; and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Relevant experience
Four Seasons Hotel, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., Miami, Florida
1080 Brickell Residential Tower, NBWW & Associates, Miami, Florida
Villa Aurora, Carrfour Supportive Housing, Miami, Florida
Terrace Towers, HVC Architects, Miami, Florida
Fontainebleau Hilton, NBWW & Associates, Miami Beach, Florida
The James Hotel, BEA Architects, Miami Beach, Florida
Marriott at Doral, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., Doral, Florida
The Peninsula Phases I and II, CFE & Associates, Aventura, Florida
The Hamptons South, CFE & Associates, Aventura, Florida
Panorama Honduras, Fullerton Diaz Architects, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
The Creek at Maritime, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, Inc., Dubai, United Arab

Mr. Alfords 29 years of mechanical engineering experience includes the design of

plumbing and fire protection systems. He has served as a project manager and/or project
engineer and has overseen and/or assisted with the production of both large and small
projects, including office buildings, schools, universities, high-rise buildings, and hospitals.
He has expertise in domestic water design, sanitary waste piping design, medical gas
systems design, water-based fire protection design, hydraulics calculations, stormwater
piping design, specification writing and editing, and lab water designs. Mr. Alford has
extensive knowledge of the International Plumbing Code and National Fire Protection
Association codes and standards, and he applies this knowledge in project designs.
Relevant experience
Fontainebleau Resort Hotel, Fontainebleau Resorts, LLC, Miami, Florida
55 West High-Rise Condominium, Baker Barrios Architects, Orlando, Florida
Marriott World Center Resort, RTKL Associates Inc., Orlando, Florida
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, WMK Architects, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

John Alford, PE, LEED AP

Mechanical Engineer/Fire
Protection Engineer
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Technology, University of
Tennessee, 1981
Professional Engineer:
Alabama, 16949, 1989
Florida, 46515, 1993
Georgia, 18353, 1989
Kentucky, 15297, 1988
Fire Protection Engineer:
Florida, 46515, 2000
Plumbing Design, American
Society of Plumbing Engineers,
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited
Professional (LEED AP), U.S.
Green Building Council, 2007

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Jonathan Kreiner, Ph.D., PE,

Structural Engineer
Ph.D., Civil Engineering Structures, University of Florida,
M.S., Civil Engineering Structures, University of Illinois,
B.S., Ocean Engineering Structures, Florida Institute of
Technology, 1991
Professional Engineer:
Alaska (Civil), CE 12364,
Florida (Structural), 54484,
U.S. Virgin Islands (Structural),
609E, 1996
National Council of Examiners
for Engineering and Surveying
(NCEES) Records (Structural I),
Cert. 41178, 2010
Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design Accredited
Professional (LEED AP), U.S.
Green Building Council, 2009
Certified General Contractor,
Florida, 062005, 2002

Dr. Kreiner has 20 years of structural engineering, project management, and general
construction experience. His structural design skills include performing calculations
and field inspections on proposed facilities; generating computer models; preparing
engineering drawings, specifications, and cost estimates; performing structural
forensic studies and peer reviews; and conducting construction administration services
including contractor coordination. As an adjunct professor at the Florida Institute of
Technology, Dr. Kreiner taught civil and structural engineering-related courses at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels. His designs include hurricane resistance for 34
structures in Florida, blast resistance for 25 federal buildings, and seismic resistance for
10 facilities. He is a published author with the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Project experience
Beach Place by Marriott, Marriott International, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
South Beach Center Parking Garage, City of Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Planet Hollywood Restaurant, Planet Hollywood International, Inc.,
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Bridgeside Square Condominiums, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminals 3, 4, and 5, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line,
Port of Miami, Florida
Tradewinds of Ochlockonee Bay Resort, Tradewinds of Ochlockonee Bay, Inc.,
Crescent Beach, Florida
Surf Club, Palm Coast, Florida

Ms. Leo has 17 years of experience with Atkins in civil site and utilities design,
permitting, and construction administration/assistance, with an emphasis on conceptual
planning and utility planning. Her background includes oversight of several large-scale,
mixed use developments.
Relevant experience
Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino, Tampa, FL
Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino, Hollywood, FL
Hilton Ballroom Expansion, Tishman Hotel Corporation, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Northeast Resort Parcel Phase 1 Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering,
Orange County, FL
Harmony Equestrian Center, Lochmere Development Group, Inc., Osceola County, FL
Artisan Park, The St. Joe Company, Celebration, FL
Baldwin Park, Units 8-10 Infrastructure, Baldwin Park Development Company,
Orlando, FL
Golden Oak/Northeast Resort Parcel (NERP) Phase 1, Walt Disney Imagineering,
Orange County, FL
Poinciana Community Development District, Poinciana, FL
Celebration/Enterprise Community Development Districts, Celebration, FL
Celebration Infrastructure Phases 3 and 4, The Celebration Company, Celebration, FL
Celebration Spring Park, The Celebration Company, Celebration, FL
Celebration Infrastructure Phase 2, The Celebration Company, Celebration, FL

Kathleen S. Leo, PE
Vice President/Project Director
M.S., Environmental Engineering,
University of Central Florida, 1993
B.S., Environmental Engineering,
University of Central Florida, 1992
Professional Engineer
Florida 51419, 1997
Professional Affiliations
American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE), Regional
Vice President, 2002
East Central Florida Branch,
Past-President, 2001
President, 2000
Florida Engineering Society (FES)
Association of Florida
Community Developers
Lake County Bicycle and
Pedestrian Advisory Committee,
Women Inspiring Leadership (WIL)
CREW Member (Commercial Real
Estate Womens Network)
Honors and Awards
Young Engineer of the Year
State Award Winner, Florida
Engineering Society, 2002

Certified Special Building

Inspector, Florida, 2012, 2001

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Benton Rudolph, AIA

Buildings Practice Manager

Shad Shafie, PE
Architecture Engineering

Fran Boettcher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Leisure Market Leader

Vince Briones, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Sustainable Building Design

Chuck Croslin, AIA

Higher Education Architecture
Market Leader

Darryl McDonald, AIA, LEED AP

Aviation Architecture Market Leader

Larry Levis, AIA

Ports Architecture Market Leader

Greg Wilk, AIA

Federal Architecture Market Leader

Gary Wingo, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Transit Architecture Market Leader

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