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Hyatt Regency Renovation after Hurricane Katrina

1 Aug

The June 2012 Issue of “Architectural Products” featured an article about the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.  The hotel was was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and taken under a $275 million renovation a few years later by Looney and Associates.

Looney’s Design is illustrated in the article:

“We wanted to make sure we captured some of the dynamic nature of New Orleans, but not in a predictable or trite way. Our goal was to minimize the things that dated the property and maximize the things that made it modern.”

As the article says, the renovation included revitalization of the existing 1,200 room guest tower and the addition of a new two-story adjacent building that houses the hotel’s new entrance and grand ballroom.

The Hyatt Regency served as the city’s headquarters during the peak of Hurricane Katrina, as the property was used to move evacuees from their homes to the neighboring Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Under new ownership and a highly, re-developed renovation the Hyatt Regency re-opened its doors in October 2011.

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#1 Top Resort in the Continental U.S.

18 Jul

On Monday, July 9th, Travel + Leisure’s feature director Nilou Motamed announced on the NBC Today Show that The Osprey is the #1 Top Resort in the Continental U.S. in the magazine’s 2012 World’s Best Awards Reader’s Survey.

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and….guess who designed it?? LOONEY AND ASSOCIATES! (where I’m interning!)

“The Osprey at Beaver Creek, formerly known as The Inn at Beaver Creek, offers 45 luxurious accommodations and two penthouse residences, sophisticated alpine-chic decor, a hotspot social scene, and posh-yet-playful services and amenities. The boutique hotel features The Osprey Lounge with a tapas-style menu, outdoor heated pool with lounge seating, a fire pit and full bar service. Guests can utilize a fitness facility with steam room and sauna, ski valet and ski storage, plus personal concierge services.”
(http://news.ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=689)

The Osprey was highlighted for its charming, chic luxury, its après ski scene in the winter, and the variety of activities available in the summer. As well, compared to the other resorts featured the property’s affordability was called out.

“The Osprey’s sophisticated design incorporates warm colors and richly textured surfaces (including leather, birch, iron and onyx) made from locally sourced stone, indigenous metals and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood. Water-efficient plumbing and energy-efficient lighting fixtures further showcase the hotel’s commitment to the environment. Dallas-based architect and design firm Looney & Associates created the hotel’s new, modern look.” (http://news.ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=689)

Anyways, thought this was super cool so that’s why I am sharing! Hope you enjoy it too! Go to Beaver Creek and stay there!

Summer Internship

17 May

I am so blessed to have been offered a summer internship at Looney and Associates in Dallas, Texas. I am in love with the work they do and couldn’t be happier that I get to work on their projects and learn from them this summer!

Looney and Associates is an Architecture and Interior Design firm that specializes in Hotels and Resorts! Offices are located in Dallas and Chicago!

Since I was little, I have been interested in hotel design, it may even be what sparked my interest in Interior Design! With my family owning 3 hotels in my hometown, I got to experience the process of them being built.  My dad always took me to the construction sites and I’m sure I complained about it, but I’m glad he made me go. Even though I was young, I can still remember small details in the construction and interiors.  My dad always had boards with carpet samples on them in his office, trying to pick out the best color choice for the hotels. That is one thing I remember.  After seeing these hotels being built and even working in one in high school, I feel like I have a high understanding of hotel design.  There is something about knowing what all went into the spacial layout and design and getting to see the stuff the public doesn’t see.

Here is one of my favorite projects by Looney and Associates, The Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel in San Francisco, California

Also, I had the opportunity to stay in the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California in 2008. The Hotel del Coronado is a very old hotel but some villas are newly renovated, this is the part that Looney and Associates has designed! I had just started Interior Design back then and as I am always mesmerized with hotel rooms and take pictures of them all, I remember walking in the very, spacious hotel room and saying, “Wow! this is amazing!!” I loved everything about it! Come to find out, when I was applying for internships I was drawn to this firm because I had stayed in a hotel they had designed!!

My goal for the future is to go stay in as many hotels that Looney and Associates has designed and hopefully one day I’ll get to stay in a Hotel that I helped design!! Can’t wait!

Check out the website and view the rest of their projects!

http://www.looney-associates.com/