AC Hotel Grand Rapids50 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Design Achievement - The design for the AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown embraces the creative energy of its location, emphasizing the city’s strong art and design culture, and compliments the collection of hotels worldwide. The Grand River, which informs Grand Rapids' urban landscape, also inspired DLR Group's design details and concepts. An essential component of the hotel’s design is its intentionally-curated art collection, which embodies the hotel concept by emphasizing geometric forms and the use of light and shadow. The team worked with an art consulting firm to hand-select artists who created new artwork specifically commissioned for this hotel. Featuring selections from some of Zeeland, Michigan-based furniture manufacturer Herman Miller's most influential designers, the lobby design pays homage to early 19th-century Grand Rapids when the destination was home to more than 40 furniture companies and earned its nickname "furniture city.”
Scope Summary - Originally constructed in 1890, the adaptive reuse of an historic pair of heavy timber structures transformed the AC Hotel Grand Rapids into a modern, art-centric destination. DLR Group's renovation overcame several historic preservation challenges, including non-compliance with current codes for heavy timber buildings. Scope of work to the 90,258-SF property included adapting the existing 19th century warehouse building into a 130-key hotel. This required the removal of a metal panel skin applied in the 1980’s, and a restoration of brick facades. All public spaces and guestrooms were renovated, and new and upgraded mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were installed. DLR Group provided architecture, interior design, and MEP engineering services.