As 2019 ends and a new decade begins, we can't help but reflect on all the things we have accomplished this past year. BRP has had many exciting projects open up in 2019 — from hospitality projects across the nation to designing relocation and expansions for businesses and more. Read on to see what BRP projects were completed and in what month they were finished!
Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown
The BRP designed 128-room upscale hotel sits in downtown Omaha near numerous businesses and attractions. The property, which is anticipating LEED Silver status, is the first Cambria in Nebraska. The hotel features many amenities including contemporary guest rooms, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors, a multi-functional meeting space, a fitness center, as well as onsite dining featuring freshly made food, local craft beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers.
Sight & Sound — Call Center Expansion, Stage Lift System
Sight & Sound theater in Branson, MO had BRP design a few improvements to their facility. One of those including transforming 3,600 square feet of existing storage space to accommodate 30 stations for call representatives. Support spaces & amenities included a training room, lounge area, and new windows for day lighting the work environment. BRP also assisted Sight & Sound with incorporating a 12’ x 40’ / four spiral lift system to increase flexibility with transitioning props during performances.
Embassy Suites Grand Rapids Downtown
This upscale, all-suite hotel features modern industrial decor with 250 guest rooms in seven stories overlooking the Grand River. Being in the Monroe North business district, the hotel is close to nearby attractions, such as the DeVos Place Convention Center, the Van Andel Arena, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It overlooks the Grand River and is close to parks, cafes, breweries, and outdoor activities.
Aloft Glendale at Westgate
This four story 100-room hotel sits on the 2.4-acre property located adjacent to the Westgate Entertainment District, one of the premier entertainment destinations in the region. Aloft hotels offer modern design and a hip social experience all at an affordable price. The brand features many technological innovations including keyless check-in, robotic butlers, and global music programming.
St. Agnes Catholic Church Storage Building
The St. Agnes Storage Building was occupied in July 2019. This project included a 1,500 square foot open plan storage building for the church and elementary school. It consisted of decorative masonry unit exterior walls with asphalt shingles over wood deck and roof trusses.
Branson Chamber of Commerce & CVB
This new building that BRP designed is for the Branson-Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau. The character of the building is intentionally modern and progressive, reinforcing the Chamber and CVB’s emphasis on acknowledging the progress the Branson-Lake area has made as a locale to live, work, and play.
Cambria Hotel Bettendorf — Quad Cities
The Cambria Hotel in Bettendorf is the first Cambria in Iowa. This 112-room hotel located in the heart of the rapidly growing Quad Cities region features contemporary guest rooms, spa-style bathrooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as an indoor pool. Guests can enjoy on-site dining comprised of a menu serving local specialties, liquor, wine and craft beer. The hotel also features an open lobby space to work, socialize and hang out, as well as a multi-function meeting space.
As Napleton Autowerks grew, so did their need for a bigger dealership. This project included designing a new car dealership for their three different Brands: Volkswagen, Porsche and Mitsubishi. All brands in compliance with their respective Corporate Identity Programs. The facility would replace a rundown facility on the west side of town that they leased.
Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
The popular, Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, opened this year at the north end of Branson Landing. The 16,000 square foot restaurant boosts a 300 seat southern dining experience in a unique family-style setting. The design relates to Paula’s southern roots with ornamental grille work featuring pan medallions and Old Savannah handcrafted brick. Integrated with the attraction is Paula’s Retail Store featuring her exhibition kitchen and many product lines from cookbooks to spices.
Armed Forces Career Center Infill
The Armed Forces Career Center in Branson’s Lakeside Shoppes consists of a 1,600 sf recruitment facility for the United States Army and Marine service branches of our military. Each branch adheres to a specific color and signage design scheme which provides a strong identity and enhances the officers’ recruitment efforts.
Dual Hyatt House/ Hyatt Place
This 211-room hotel features two different Hyatt brands, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, inside one six-story building. The hotel is a part of The Yard at Fishers District, which is an 18 acre master-planned mixed-use development that offers an artful blend of dining, retail, entertainment, and residential living all in one beautifully designed location.
Downtown Springfield CID Building Renovation
The City of Springfield CID hired BRP Architects to convert a historic downtown building on Chestnut Expressway and Boonville Avenue (the original Harley-Davidson dealership of the Ozarks) into offices and warehouse for CID operations. In addition, the CID envisioned taking advantage of the building’s prominent location within the city to mark the location of center city. The renovations included restoring the building’s shell as well as the necessary interior improvements to accommodate the program. Every effort was made to avoid modifying the existing structure to minimize the construction costs for this not-for-profit organization. In a bold move, large graphics and lighting were applied to the exterior façade to serve as a way finding marker to guide visitors to Springfield’s downtown. With little cost, the building now serves as both signage and as a “trail head” from a major east-to-west vehicular corridor to the heart of Springfield.
Embassy Suites Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center
The Embassy Suites Jonesboro Hotel is located right on Arkansas State University’s campus, next to First National Bank Arena. With over 40,000 sq. ft. of event space at the Red Wolf Convention Center, this hotel is ideal for hosting meetings and events. This hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, and is connected to an attached Houlihan’s restaurant that will be used as a natural laboratory in the training of students enrolled in the hospitality management program at the university.
Other Exciting News of 2019:
• We were ranked 39th in the hotel sector of BD+C Giants 300 report
• Embassy Suites Denton won 2020 Southwest Showcase Most Exciting Meeting Destination Change award
• We welcomed 6 individuals to the BRP Team
Top row: George Mandrik, Jake Burris, Jordann Wheatley
Bottom row: Chelsea Smith, Nelson Zavaleta, Colin Rader
We can't wait to see what we accomplish in 2020! Thank you to our community, clients, contractors, consultants, and of course our coworkers for making all of this year possible.