News for the Hospitality Executive
|Wilmington, DE, August 2, 2007 -The Buccini/Pollin Group
broke ground in July on a first of its kind design in the hotel industry
with the "two hotels in one" Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore Arundel Mills
and Homewood Suites by Hilton Baltimore Arundel Mills. This innovative
design puts two leading-edge hotels in the same building. The 11-story
structure, located just off the Baltimore/Washington Parkway proximate
to Arundel Mills and BWI Airport, will contain a 100-unit Homewood Suites
by Hilton on the top five floors and a 150-room Hilton Garden Inn on the
lower levels. The property, scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2008
at a cost of roughly $50 million, will be managed by the hotel affiliate
of The Buccini/Pollin Group, PM Hospitality Strategies.
Designed to provide separate, custom entrances for each brand, the structure will have two ground floors. The first floor, accessed from the south elevation of the building, will serve as the lobby, restaurant/lounge, meeting space, and common area for the Hilton Garden Inn, with dedicated elevators accessing guestrooms on floors three through six. The hotel's second floor, also accessible at grade from the north side of the building, will serve as the lobby and common area for the Homewood Suites. Express elevators will take Homewood guests to their suites on floors seven through eleven. The hotels will share an executive team, hotel management, and line staff.
"As a developer, owner and operator, the benefits to doing a project like this are so many, it seems obvious in hindsight," said Dave Pollin, President of The Buccini/Pollin Group. "Not only are there significant realized cost savings, but this structure preserves 50% more forested site area, allows guests of either hotel to benefit from the amenities of the other and acts as one 250-unit hotel for events such as weddings and larger group meetings. Additionally, the efficient development program made it feasible for us to build a resort-style pool, add more meeting space, increase the size of the restaurant and bar and incorporate higher end finishes."
The Buccini/Pollin Group recently constructed, owns and operates the nearby 280-unit Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport.
Upcoming projects include a 155-unit aloft by W, Baltimore BWI Airport, breaking ground in September adjacent to the Hilton. This project represents one of the first of this vibrant new Starwood brand to be developed. Additionally, an Element by Westin, the industry's newest extended-stay brand, will be built by Buccini/Pollin in mid-2008, also at BWI Airport. Incorporating the signature design ethic that makes Westin an industry icon, this will be one of the first Elements in the country.
Buccini/Pollin is also building a Hilton Garden Inn at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. and aloft by W hotels will be constructed at both Dulles Airport and on Market Street in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, an area that is currently undergoing a renaissance.
ABOUT THE BUCCINI/POLLIN GROUP, INC. (Buccini/Pollin) - Buccini/Pollin is a privately-held, full-service real estate acquisition, development and management company with offices in Wilmington, DE, Washington DC, suburban Philadelphia, Baltimore, MD and New York City. Buccini/Pollin has developed and acquired office, hotel, multi-family, and retail properties in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. Buccini/Pollin has acquired or developed over $2.5 billion in assets including seven million SF of office, flex and retail space in over 70 buildings, 3,200 hotel rooms in 17 hotels, six major residential communities, and 1,200 covered parking spaces. Buccini/Pollin is the largest privately held office landlord in the Philadelphia region and the largest landlord in the state of Delaware. For more information visit www.bpgroup.net.
Buccini/Pollin Group, Inc.
|Also See:||The Buccini/Pollin Group Holds “Artful” Grand Opening Ceremony for Hilton Baltimore/BWI Airport Hotel Contributes $10 of Qualifying Guests’ Stay to HCAT Institute Scholarship Fund / November 2006|