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 Hillier Architects to Design 
Maryland Conference Center Resort
Washington, D.C. (May, 1999) - Bulle Rock Resort and Golf Club, destined to become Maryland's premiere resort and conference center, will be designed by the architecture firm The Hillier Group. Situated near Havre de Grace on a hillside overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, Bulle Rock will consist of a first-class resort, two Pete Dye championship golf courses, and a state-of-the-art conference center.

Hillier's design calls for the 40,000 square-foot conference center to be built adjacent to the property's existing manor house, which will serve as the clubhouse for the second Pete Dye golf course. The first course opened in March 1998 to rave reviews, including "America's Best New Upscale Course" (Golf Digest, November 1998) and "Top Ten You Can Play" (Golf Magazine, March 1999).

To evoke a "country inn" flavor and keep development in the spirit of the manor house and rural landscape, The Hillier Group's design clusters buildings around courtyards. A cobblestone entry court for the 225-room resort and a number of garden courtyards will reinforce that spirit. Hillier's master plan foresees the pos-sibility of additional guestrooms clustered as villas around a tennis facility or spa. 

The conference facility features a ballroom, two junior ballrooms, 14 smaller meeting rooms, two restaurants, and a health club with swimming pool. Planning of the facility will be done in conjunction with the conference center and resort division of Promus Hotel Corporation of Memphis, Tennessee.

The Hillier Group, the nation's third largest architecture firm, offers services in architecture, planning, interior design, graphic design, historic preservation, and landscape architecture to an international clientele. The firm employs more than 400 professionals in nine offices nationwide and has been recognized by more than 200 awards for design excellence.

The work of The Hillier Group's Washington office includes the new headquarters for Integrated Health Services in Timonium, Maryland; the Health Sciences Library at Howard University in the District of Columbia; a new medical campus in Springfield, Virginia for Northern Virginia Community College; renovation of the U.S. Supreme Court Building in the District of Columbia; and corporate headquarters for ACE, Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Promus Hotel Corporation, one of the world's premier lodging companies with annual revenues of over $5 billion, owns, operates or franchises more than 1,325 hotels with more than 192,000 rooms throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Promus is the franchisor and operator of Doubletree Hotels  Guest Suites, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, Club Hotel by Doubletree, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Embassy Vacation Resorts and Hampton Vacation Resorts brands. The company also manages non-Promus branded hotels as well as facilities in its University Hotel and Conference Center division.

Karen Finucan
Corporate Communications
The Hillier Group Architects
(202) 216-0111 
Also See: The Hillier Group Moves Ahead with Design Plans for Hotel in Turkey / July 1998 

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