News for the Hospitality Executive
NDIANAPOLIS (Jan.12, 2012) — Buckingham Companies and Dolce Hotels and Resorts today announced that the new world-class business hotel they are creating will be named The Alexander in honor of Alexander Ralston, the engineer and architect who in 1820 spearheaded the creation of the city’s plan, which to this day gives Indianapolis its urban dynamism. The Alexander is part of CityWay, the heart of a new neighborhood north of South Street that will encompass a public park and state-of-the-art YMCA, high-quality residences, office space and retail.
Developed by Indianapolis-based Buckingham Companies and designed by the noted architecture firm, Gensler, The Alexander will be managed by Dolce Hotels and Resorts of Rockleigh, N.J. The state-of-the-art, 209-room hotel will cater to individual business and leisure travelers and provide group clients with 16 meeting rooms totaling 16,000 square feet of function space.
“The Alexander will be a compelling, inspiring gathering place for people who live and work in downtown Indianapolis, complementing our vision for CityWay,” said Scott Travis, Buckingham senior development executive. “The hotel will be integral to CityWay’s uniquely interconnected, urban neighborhood of residential, office and retail facilities.”
The hotel will include a full-service executive restaurant, an American-style brasserie and 2,200-square foot lounge with a commanding view of the downtown skyline. The Alexander will also prominently feature contemporary art, including site-specific commissions.
“The Alexander is our new model for urban hotels, a hybrid between a center-city lifestyle and conference hotel,” said Steven Rudnitsky, Dolce president and chief executive officer. “Buckingham is creating a spectacular venue where we will deliver world-class service, cuisine and amenities.”
The Alexander will be one of only two Indianapolis hotels certified by the International Association of Conference Centers. The hotel's meeting facilities will feature state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and high-speed, wireless Internet service throughout the building.
Construction of The Alexander has progressed steadily following groundbreaking ceremonies last August and will open this fall. In addition to the hotel, the $155 million CityWay project covers eight blocks and includes multiple buildings framing a public plaza.
Alexander Ralston was born in Scotland in 1771 and emigrated to the United States after the American Revolution. He worked with the noted French architect Pierre L’Enfant on the design of the new nation’s capital. In 1820, Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham were commissioned to survey Indianapolis and later developed the plan for the soon-to-be state capital.
Ralston’s designs for the city were inspired by L’Enfant’s plan for our nation’s capital. Downtown Indianapolis today varies little from Ralston’s original concept, and his vision continues to inform the city’s development. He is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, where his gravestone is engraved with a layout of the city’s initial design.
CityWay,is a dynamic new 14-acre neighborhood in the heart of downtown Indianapolis that encompasses a 209-room art hotel, destination restaurants, a state-of-the-art YMCA, apartments, and 40,000 square feet of retail and office space. Bridging the Eli Lilly campus and downtown, CityWay will also include a new four-acre public park featuring site-specific art installations by noted artists. With a pedestrian-friendly urban design, the mix of public spaces, offices, residential and retail will make CityWay an attractive place to work, play, and live, and will serve as a catalyst for future development in the surrounding neighborhood. For more information, visit www.cityway.com .
About Buckingham Companies
Founded in 1984, Buckingham is a full service, fully integrated, real estate company that includes the development, acquisition, management and construction of a wide range of property types including multifamily, student housing and mixed-use communities. Buckingham manages nearly $1 billion of real estate assets for its own account, clients and institutional partners. More than 100 properties consisting of nearly 15 million square-feet of property, and approximately 15,000 rental units nationwide comprise the managed portfolio. For more information, visit www.buckingham-co.com
About Dolce Hotels and Resorts
Dolce’s portfolio includes hotels in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, California, Ontario, Texas, Nevada, Belgium, France, Spain and Germany. As a leader in the meetings industry, Dolce hosts some 30,000 events and 4 million group clients globally every year. The company’s founder pioneered the conference center concept and Complete Meeting Package, both now embraced as standards by the International Association of Conference Centers. Dolce’s vision is to create inspiring environments that bring people together. Its mission is to delight its guests, challenge its associates, reward its owners and serve as a role model in its communities. Headquartered in Rockleigh, N.J., and founded in 1981, Dolce is majority-owned by Broadreach Capital Partners. The company employs more than 4,000 worldwide. Additional information is available at www.dolce.com.
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