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The Former 18 Story Blue Cross/Blue Shield Building in Downtown Indianapolis to be Recreated 
as Adam's Mark Indianapolis Downtown Hotel 
April 1999 - Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts, un upscale hotel chain, expands its presence in Indianapolis with a $25 million renovation and expansion of the former 18 story Blue Cross/Blue Shield building, creating the new Adam's Mark Indianapolis Downtown. The latest addition to the city skyline is a suite hotel, a first for Adam's Mark. The hotel will provide travelers and meeting planners with full-service accommodations, including 330 guest rooms, a two-story comprehensive health club, a sports bar, an entertainment lounge and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space when it opens in May of 2000. 

"Adam's Mark is incredibly fortunate to be a part of the downtown growth of Indianapolis and contributing to the city's expansion as a destination with two spectacular hotels," said Fred Kummer, founder, president and CEO of Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts. 

The refurbishment makes Adam's Mark Indianapolis the focal point of a concentrated downtown revitalization effort by the city. Conveniently located one block from both Monument Circle and the Capital Building, Adam's Mark Indianapolis Downtown provides quick access to the Indiana Convention Center, as will as many business, retail and entertainment venues throughout the downtown area. Kevin Gallagher, formerly of the Adam's Mark Dallas, will preside over the new Adam's Mark Indianapolis as the general manager. 

"Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts commitment to re-energize a significant building in the heart of our Center City contributes to a more vibrant and successful downtown," said Tamara Zahn, president of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. 

Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based HBE Corporation, opened its first meeting hotel in Indianapolis in 1979, located near the Indianapolis Airport and featuring 407 spacious guest rooms with more than 32,000 square feet of meeting space. Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts has grown aggressively in the 1990s nearly tripling the number of hotel rooms over the past five years to more that 11,000.

Also See: Adam's Mark Leading the Resurgence of Building Hotel Megaplexes / Sept 1998 
St. Louis - Based Chain, Adam's Mark, Striving to Make its Mark / HMM / Jeff Higley / May 1998 

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