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Anchorage Hospitality LLC Building a $20 million 165 room
 Crowne Plaza in the Mid Town Area, Anchorage

By Asta Corley, Anchorage Daily News, AlaskaMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

July 18, 2008 - -WHAT: A six-floor, 165-room Crowne Plaza hotel -- which will be about 100,000 square feet -- will include executive suites on the top two floors; a restaurant and bar; some jacuzzi suites; pool, spa and exercise room; and a concierge lounge on the top floor that will provide food and drinks and other amenities to members of Crowne Plaza's Priority Club.

Crowne Plaza is an upscale brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group, which also operates the Holiday Inn and other brands. This will be the first Crowne Plaza in Anchorage.

WHERE: West International Airport Road, at C Street.

COST: About $20 million

DESIGN: Ron Joseph, architect, Spokane, Wash.; Lisa Taylor, interior decorator, KLT Services Corp., Irving, Texas

FRANCHISEE: Anchorage Hospitality LLC (Bill Lawson and Chris Ashenbrener)

CONTRACTORS: A&A Construction and Development, general contractor; ThyssenKrupp Safway Inc., shoring and elevator; Graff Contracting Inc., concrete work; B.R. Hooper, wood framing, Spokane, Wash.; Intermountain Drywall, metal stud framing and drywall, Boise, Idaho; Richards Masonry, brick work; Alas-Co General Construction, insulation; Anchorage Sand and Gravel, concrete supplier; Cook Brothers, electrical, Clarkston, Wash.; RGN Plumbing, Nampa, Idaho; Ingersoll Heating & Sheetmetal; JD Steel Co. Inc.-Alaska, Palmer, post-tension cables; Northern Reinforcing Placers, rebar work; Dimond Fabricators; B&B Pool; Accel Fire Systems Inc.; Alaska Aggregate Products; Alaska Heater Rentals; R&M Consultants Inc., special inspections; Isabelle Construction & Excavating; Lounsbury & Associates, civil engineering; Spurlock & Associates Inc., mechanical engineering; and Jim Parker, electrical engineering.

WHY: Ashenbrener, co-owner of Anchorage Hospitality, said he and his partner perceive Anchorage as a vibrant business hub that will continue to prosper. A need for an upscale, full-service hotel of this nature exists in the Midtown area, he said.

WHEN: The project is scheduled for completion in the spring.


Have you driven by a construction project lately and wondered "What is that going to be?" It might be a potential candidate for Building Anchorage. If you have a project to suggest, call Asta Corley at 257-4307 or e-mail


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