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DLR Group Celebrates Record Number of Hospitality Milestones

(MINNEAPOLIS, March 7, 2024) – Over the past year, DLR Group celebrated a record number of milestones with six hotel project completions, six groundbreakings, eight new projects in design, two leadership designations, and one new mass timber hospitality prototype to lead the future of sustainability and innovation in hospitality design.

“Elevating design with unparalleled finesse, our team celebrates another year of extraordinary success. Merging refined luxury with innovation, we’ve redefined spaces, exceeding conventional boundaries. With meticulous attention to detail and a passion for creativity, we’ve crafted immersive environments that elevate guest experiences,” Brian Murch, principal and hospitality design leader says.

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DLR Group celebrated the opening of six hotel projects in 2023, including Cascade Hotel, AC Hotel Naples 5th Avenue, AC Hotel Jacksonville, St. Johns Town Center, AC Hotel San Rafael, Hyatt Regency Irvine, and Cambria Hotel Burbank Airport.

Breaking Ground

Construction is underway for five hospitality properties ranging from new construction and expansion to renovations and brand expansion to renovations and brand refreshes. Projects include Q Casino & ResortGrand Island Casino Resort at Fonner ParkHilton Jacksonville Mayo Clinic, The Benjamin Royal Sonesta Hotel in New York City, and the Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station.

Coming Soon

A number of high-end luxury and lifestyle hospitality projects are currently in progress, including a remarkable mixed-use development district coming to the bountiful region of Abha in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This development, called The Point, will showcase two innovative hotel concepts, including the Hilton Canopy at The Point and Hilton Residences at The Point. Additionally, the firm is actively working on design concepts for the Austin Dual-Brand Hotel, the first new construction high rise hotel in Austin, Texas, and the tallest hotel project in DLR Group’s portfolio. Other projects in progress include Gravel Point Resort, Waikiki Malia, Kimpton Monaco Seattle Hotel, The Gunter Hotel, and The Former House, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott.

Leadership Growth

The firm elevated Henrique Dias to Middle East Hospitality Director, leading the Dubai design studio and further expanding our presence in the Middle East. Additionally, Pipa Bradbury has moved into a new leadership role as an Interior Design Leader, working alongside DLR Group’s integrated design teams to elevate our interior design services across the United States. As the firm embarked on 2024, it announced the integration of luxury interiors firm BraytonHughes Design Studios into DLR Group. BraytonHughes brings new luxury hospitality, resort, and residential project types to DLR Group. 

Reimaging Hospitality Design through Mass Timber

In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, DLR Group took the design of a mass timber hotel into a complete concept in 2023, documenting the research journey and concept into a comprehensive white paper. Backed by the necessary code and user experience research, DLR Group’s vision for a more sustainable future in hospitality building types came to life. Additionally, DLR Group was recognized as a Responsible Disruptor by Metropolis Magazine. The award honors projects representing positive change, or disruption, encouraging healthy innovation in architecture and design.

“Our portfolio showcases bespoke solutions that seamlessly blend aesthetics and functionality, setting new industry standards. This remarkable year underscores our dedication to pushing design boundaries and leaves an indelible mark on the hospitality landscape and we look forward to what the new year brings.” Murch says.

Explore our hospitality design services, news, and our award-winning projects here.

DLR Group Senior Principal and Brand Communications Manager andy ernsting
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