2020 was filled with many challenges that changed the way each of us live and work. Despite these challenges, BRP Architects persevered and successfully completed several benchmark projects across the nation. From hotels to school renovations to airport hangers, read on to see what our teams at BRP accomplished in 2020.
Community Improvement District Building
In their search for a new base of operations, the Downtown CID purchased a vacant building located at the edge of Downtown Springfield. This renovation provides them with a new office space in a prominent location at the intersection of Chestnut Expressway and Boonville. This building provides wayfinding for visitors to the city including the application of super-graphics that enhance the identify of downtown as well as branding for the Downtown CID by incorporating their brand identity.
Cox College Renovation
The renovation of Cox College included five floors that are connected to Cox North Hospital at 1423 N. Jefferson Avenue. Student services are found on the first floor, while the remaining floors house academic uses such as classrooms, study lounges, activity spaces, and group learning rooms. New student lounge areas and conference rooms are arranged on each level to encourage collaboration among faculty and students. The focus of the design was to improve the movement throughout the College, allow for easier wayfinding, encourage collaboration, and to reflect the progressive nature of nursing education.
Embassy Suites Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Jonesboro Red Wolf Convention Center is located on the 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 Houlihan’s restaurant. In addition to the typical Houlihan’s fabulous food and service, this restaurant will also be used as an in-house laboratory to train students enrolled in the hospitality management program at the University.
Greenwood Lab School Multipurpose Addition
Designed to enhance the student and faculty experience at this stellar K-12 school on Missouri State’s campus, the Greenwood Lab School Multipurpose Addition, known as the Betty and Bobby Allison Event Center, provides a quality of place that students can be proud to attend. The state-of-the-art technology incorporated into the design, as well as the competition quality facility for sports, lectures, and performances, will allow students to excel in all facets of their education. The project was constructed in multiple phases including a locker room addition, gymnasium, a new facility entrance and lobby, weight room, and restrooms.
Harlingen Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Convention Center
The five story Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Convention Center features 149 rooms including spaces for meeting rooms, an outdoor pool, on-site dining, a fitness center, and back of house support facilities. The 43,700 sq. ft. attached convention center is designed with local south Texas materials and design elements. As guest come in the building, a 30 ft. by 6 ft. waterfall feature and tall glass doors welcome guests that enter a sprawling lobby. The 17,100 sq. ft. main ballroom will hold over 1,500 people for large events. The ballroom was additionally designed so that it can be divided into smaller meeting areas to accommodate various meeting needs.
Hilton Garden Inn Chandler Downtown
Located in Downtown Chandler, the Hilton Garden Inn Chandler Downtown is part of the New Square multi-use development that also includes restaurants and office space. The development compliments the character of the historic downtown as well as the newly constructed Chandler City Hall adjacent to the site. The four-story BRP custom-designed hotel includes 1,800 sq. ft. of meeting space, on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, fitness center, and 110 guestrooms.
Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown Conversion
Our team at BRP was engaged to design and convert an existing office administration building at 101 Muhammad Ali Boulevard Louisville KY into a new full-service Holiday Inn hotel. To achieve the owner’s plan for 91 guestrooms, a 5th floor was added to the building, making a total of 45,500 sq. ft. Nestled in the heart of the Bourbon Trail is an urban, Kentucky inspired hotel with a rooftop bar and restaurant — the Holiday Inn Louisville Downtown. Centrally located in commercial business district of downtown Louisville and right off Interstate 65, this hotel offers a communal space for relaxed social dining, and contemporary guest rooms.
Hyatt House Louisville —East
This 127-room 33-suite modern hotel in Louisville’s East End is thoughtfully designed with all the comforts of home. This hotel offers spacious rooms and suites appointed with kitchen necessities to make your stay in the Bluegrass state a comfortable respite on your Kentucky adventure. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, 24/7 fitness center, dining, a customizable event space, and is pet friendly.
Manhattan Conference Center Expansion
The original Manhattan Conference Center in Manhattan KS was designed by BRP Architects and built in 2009 along with a connected 135 room Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. The conference center has been so successful in hosting nationwide conference events, additional conference center space was needed to support the growing demand. BRP designed an additional 15,000 sq. ft. to be added to the existing conference center. This newly added floor area can accommodate thousands of additional patrons and many different convention events. The new Conference Center addition was completed in late 2020. View more about the conference center on their website.
Marriott Renovation Champions Circle Hotel PIP
Fort Worth, TX
This 10-story 286 guestroom full-service hotel project was built in 2000 as a Westin by Starwood and later was converted to a Marriott hotel in 2008. BRP was then engaged to complete a renovation of the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle hotel that lasted from 2019-2020. The project included a complete renovation of the guestrooms to meet the latest Marriott standards, a complete renovation of the 34,000 sq. ft. convention center, and the 27,200 sq. ft. first-floor lobby, fitness area, offices, M-club lounge, restaurant, and bar area.
SRC Logistics – Phase 1
SRC Logistics – Designed to meet the ever-expanding manufacturing needs of the Ozarks, the 160,000 sq. ft. industrial building with a 6,000 sq. ft. office component was completed this year. It is the first phase of the overall 600,000 sq. ft. multiphase development planned by SRC on North Mulroy Road.
The Paddock at Champions Circle
Fort Worth, TX
The Paddock, an approximately 6,800 sq. ft. event barn with exposed heavy timber structure will provide a unique backdrop for beautiful weddings and other hospitality functions. The event barn is situated to provide breathtaking views of the surrounding nature and adjacent 18-hole golf course while providing close access to the foodservice facilities in the Club House. The event barn has many great features such as a mezzanine with dressing rooms for the bride and groom, a heavy timber grand staircase, an outdoor patio, and is constructed using local materials.
3DW Downtown Springfield Airport Hangar
The Downtown Airport (3DW) in Springfield Missouri has a long storied history in aviation. The airport originally opened in the late 1920s and was privately purchased in 1939. It remains a private owner, public use, airport today. The original hangar stood the test of time but as aircrafts increased in size over the years, the original hangar could no longer house modern-day aircraft. Showing signs of structural decay, the old hangar was replaced with a modern, 9,000 sq. ft. structure that has a 70’ wide x 18’ tall clear opening door. This new hangar can hold several larger aircraft as well as support other necessary equipment.
Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown received LEED Silver Certification.
The Branson Chamber of Commerce & CVB received the Public Recognition Award from the Public Jury at 2020 AIA Springfield Design Awards.
BRP was recognized as an AIA Central States Region EP-Friendly Firm, which is an honor given to firms who display an outstanding commitment to the development of their Emerging Professional staff.
BRP named in the Top 155 Architecture Firms for 2020 and ranked top 42 nationwide in the Top 120 Hotel Sector Architecture and AE Firms for 2020 in Building Design+Construction's 2020 Giants 400 Report.
Nicole Shaul has achieved licensure as an architect in the state of Missouri.
The Embassy Suites in Grand Rapids was awarded as a “Best New Construction More Than $20 Million” by the Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter at the Chapter’s 2020 Excellence in Construction Awards.
As we reflect on this past year, we are grateful for all the clients and projects that improved their community and gave us a reason to celebrate during this unusual year. Even with the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, BRP Architects continues to dedicate ourselves to provide the highest level of service while using the latest technology and purposeful communication to keep not only our projects on target but our BRP family safe and healthy.