Governor Hotel Becomes Sentinel Following Rebranding and Renovation

hotel_lobbyPortland, Ore.’s Governor Hotel emerged from a $6-million makeover this month with a fresh new name, attitude and design. Dubbed Sentinel, after the robotic architectural sculptures that look out across the city from the top of the historic building, the hotel will serve as a luxurious urban retreat and meeting place for the visionary thinkers, makers and doers who flock to this Pacific Northwest city for entrepreneurial and artistic inspiration.

Woodbine Development and Provenance Hotels, the Portland-based hotel company that owns and operates the city’s critically acclaimed Hotel Lucia and Hotel deLuxe, purchased the 100-room Governor Hotel in April 2012. The renovation included the reinvigoration of all guest rooms, four floors of meeting space and the lobby. Jackknife, a new destination for craft cocktails, wine and beer, is slated to open in Sentinel’s lobby this spring.

The Sentinel project is the first collaboration between Provenance Hotels and Woodbine. “Transforming historic properties has been one of our specialties, and this hotel afforded us a great opportunity to apply our skills,” said Woodbine’s Managing Director Dupree Scovell. “The physical transformation called for a new name that tied back to the buildings’ architecture and origins.”

Bashar Wali, president of Provenance Hotels, agreed. “Sentinels look around, look out and look back if it helps them look forward,” he said. “We felt, as we returned the two historic buildings that make up Sentinel to their original grandeur, it was appropriate to name the hotel in their honor.”

Sentinel’s guest rooms, painted a saturated emerald tone that calls to mind the Oregon forests, boast whimsical touches like linen pillows screen-printed with antique bicycles, glittering silver owl statues, vintage lunch boxes and colorful metal globes that add a touch of Portland style. Working fireplaces incorporate a cozy element in select rooms and, on the sixth floor of the West Wing, six City Terrace Studio Suites feature outdoor rooftop balcony patios.

Across the hall, six Bridgetown Parlor Suites designed for Sentinel by Portland’s Boy’s Fort, a retail store and design studio, feature original pastel drawings of Portland’s iconic bridges, framed Oregon botanicals, light fixtures from Portland’s Schoolhouse Electric and objects d’art handcrafted in or inspired by the city of Portland.

Approximately 23,000 square feet of meeting space that once was the playground of the Elks and today serves as the nucleus of Portland civic life, welcomes visiting luminaries from around the world for conferences and events. This treasure trove of 13 rooms in Sentinel’s West Wing have been lovingly returned to their original grandeur with the addition of plush vintage-inspired carpeting, jewel-toned paint that complements the original plaster and gold leaf gilt ceilings, sparkling crystal light fixtures and elegant leather armchairs in the hallways.

Aimed at reinventing the property for the future, the Sentinel’s new name, look and feel balance the old with the new, and invite travelers to participate in writing the hotel’s next chapter.


Woodbine and InterMountain Management to Develop Residence Inn at Springwoods Village

Residence Inn by Marriott

Residence Inn by Marriott

Development is under way on a 128-room Residence Inn by Marriott scheduled to open in summer 2015 within the new Springwoods Village master-planned community north of downtown Houston. It’s the third project for Woodbine Development Corporation and InterMountain Management (IMM) since the duo teamed up in 2012.

Currently in the design phase, Residence Inn will serve the ExxonMobil campus, Southwestern Energy headquarters and other employers in the area. Woodbine, known for its extensive hospitality and mixed-use projects, also plans to develop a full-service hotel in Springwoods Village’s Town Center.

“Since teaming with IMM two years ago, we’ve discovered incredible synergies for the projects we’ve taken on together,” said King Scovell, Woodbine’s vice president of development. “We’re glad to be involved in Springwoods Village’s evolution into a vibrant, mixed-use hub, where these hotels will play an important role in the community.”

Springwoods Village is a $10-billion, 1,800-acre, mixed-use community situated along the west side of Interstate 45 between Springwoods Village Parkway and the future Grand Parkway. Designed for sustainability, the nature-inspired residential and commercial community will provide diverse housing options, civic facilities, outdoor recreation and a 60-acre Town Center with office space, shopping, dining and lodging in an urban, walkable environment.

“With several planned hotels, Springwoods Village will help stimulate a new hotel submarket to accommodate the needs of the rapidly expanding employment center in north Harris County,” said Keith Simon, executive vice president of CDC Houston. “The development of Residence Inn is the first step in our strategy to provide a range of hotel products at different price points within walking distance of work centers.”

Other members of the Residence Inn development team include GH2 Hospitality Architects of Tulsa; Walter P Moore Engineers of Tulsa; Precision Engineering of Tulsa; and DCI Engineers of Austin.


Woodbine and InterMountain Management Team Up on Second Hotel Project

Woodbine Development Corporation and InterMountain Management (IMM) are launching their second hotel development project since joining forces in 2012.13010-def.pdf
The partnership purchased a 2-acre parcel in West Des Moines, Iowa, in December 2013, and this month announced plans to build a 99-key Marriott TownePlace Suites extended-stay hotel on the site, which borders a pond at the main entrance to Iowa’s largest shopping complex, Jordan Creek Town Center. The hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2015.

Woodbine and IMM also are developing a four-story, 112-room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel with a restaurant site overlooking Garnier Bayou in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. IMM is providing management services for both projects, while Woodbine oversees asset management duties. Myhre Group Architects of Portland, Ore., and Shive-Hattery Architecture+Engineers of West Des Moines, Iowa, round out the remainder of the development team.

“Woodbine, IMM and Marriott have developed a winning blueprint for delivering a quality product that the community can be proud of, based on the proven strengths of our respective organizations,” said John Scovell, Woodbine president and CEO. IMM Founder and Owner Dewey Weaver agreed, adding, “We’re confident this TownePlace Suites will be a welcome option for travelers looking for a comfortable, extended-stay guest experience in West Des Moines, Iowa.






Legacy Ballroom’s New Look Provides Scenic Backdrop for Social, Business Events

Pretty as a Texas sky, the Hyatt Regency Dallas' Landmark Ballroom is more beautiful than ever.

Legacy Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Dallas

Sporting colors as rich as a Texas sunset and geometric-patterned carpeting intended to pay tribute to the nearby geodesic sphere at Reunion Tower, the Hyatt Regency Dallas’ Legacy Ballroom has emerged from its recent makeover more beautiful than ever.

The 30,000-square-foot ballroom and entry vestibule are the latest areas of the hotel to receive updates from Woodbine Development Corporation, the original developer and asset manager of the hotel and adjoining landmark Reunion Tower. Woodbine managed the ballroom renovation, as well as a $50-million renovation to guest rooms and hallways completed last year.

For the Legacy Ballroom, the team of EDG Interior Architecture and Design sought to create a dramatic, contemporary space that would serve as a backdrop for both business and social events. The new design features a series of murals and a vibrant carpet that capture the oranges, reds and light blues of the Texas sky. Other enhancements include new light fixtures, banquet furniture, artwork and upgraded technology and audio/visual tools.

“We wanted to weave together the physical and natural elements of the hotel’s setting while reflecting the growing energy of the neighborhood,” said senior designer Cindy Moore, EDG Interior Architecture and Design.

Fred Euler, Hyatt Regency Dallas general manager, is pleased with the results, adding, “The redesigned ballroom perfectly reflects our iconic surroundings while allowing event designers the freedom to make the space their own. With a backdrop as big as the Texas sky, we are eager to see what they come up with.”

Clark Contractors, based in Little Rock, Ark., managed the phased construction project. The Dallas office of Neil Locke & Associates provided FF&E procurement.



Grand Hyatt DFW Updates Under Way

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Grand Met restaurant, Grand Hyatt DFW

Woodbine Development Corporation is managing a $3-million renovation of the Grand Hyatt DFW food and beverage outlets, including upgrades to the 6,400-square-foot Grand Met restaurant and the 3,400-square-foot kitchen/bar space that supports the restaurant, Mocha Café and M Lounge Sushi Bar. High-tech upgrades within the space include installation of a 103-inch plasma TV screen in the lounge. The renovation is targeted for completion in April 2014.


Woodbine Completes First Hyatt-Branded Hotel in Nebraska

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Nebraska.

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market

Woodbine Development Corporation has completed development of the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Nebraska, Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market.

Located in the heart of the city’s arts and entertainment district, Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market features 159 rooms in a stand-alone, 10-story building with self-contained parking. DLR Group’s Chicago office designed the project and Hawkins Construction served as general contractor. The hotel is owned and managed by Hyatt affiliates.

Hyatt Place Omaha Downtown/Old Market is one of two new Hyatt Place development projects Hyatt Corporation has committed to fund 100 percent, and one of more than 35 announced Hyatt Place projects under development throughout the United States, China, Europe, Southwest Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. The location of the second Hyatt Place is still to be determined.



The People Have Spoken – Woodbine and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Honored for Community Support

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Woodbine Development has always taken Texas-sized pride in its passion for developing relationships that are as enduring as the structures it builds. And no place was that penchant more evident than at the recent 2013 Texas Downtown Association Awards Gala in Bastrop.

Woodbine and its Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa were honored together, winning both Best Downtown Partner from the President’s Awards Program and the online People’s Choice for Best Downtown Partner. Nominated by City of Bastrop Main Street Program Director Nancy Wood, Woodbine and Hyatt Lost Pines were recognized for positively impacting the community and actively contributing to the revitalization of the downtown commercial district.

“We are truly honored to receive these awards and are just as committed to seeing downtown Bastrop thrive today as we were when we opened the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in 2006,” said Woodbine CEO and President John Scovell. “We are very appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of this great historic community and its exciting future.”

Woodbine originally partnered with the City of Bastrop in a destination marketing effort designed to draw tourists to the area. Using a portion of the city’s hotel occupancy tax dollars generated by Hyatt Lost Pines, Woodbine and the resort worked jointly with the City of Bastrop, the Chambers of Commerce and many other organizations, to showcase the Bastrop area to potential visitors around the world. Bastrop’s Main Street Program is a key feature of that marketing campaign.


New Partnership Pioneers Northwest Florida Market

Woodbine Development Corporation and InterMountain Management have broken ground on a four-story, 112-room Marriott TownPlace Suites hotel overlooking Garnier Bayou in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Marriott TownePlace Suites

Marriott TownePlace Suites

The project, which includes a potential marina and a restaurant parcel that is being marketed, is the first to be co-developed by the two companies since they joined forces last fall in a partnership agreement intended to capitalize on each organization’s respective resources in sourcing, financing and constructing. IMM will provide management services for the project, while Woodbine oversees asset management duties. A summer 2014 hotel opening is planned.

The project marks both companies’ entry into the Northwest Florida market.

“The complementary strengths of our two companies, combined with the stability of the Marriott product and name, will deliver a hotel that the Fort Walton Beach community and its visitors will be proud to embrace,” said Dewey Weaver, IMM founder and owner. John Scovell, Woodbine president and CEO, agreed, adding, “We feel fortunate to have found such a picturesque site from which to launch our partnership with IMM.”




Woodbine Managing Adaptive Reuse Hotel Project at Historic Pearl Brewery

Pearl logoThe site of the original Pearl Brewery in San Antonio is poised to become a boutique hotel by next year, and Woodbine has been engaged to manage the process.

The 146-room luxury hotel’s operation and its associated restaurant will be overseen by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants as part of Pearl, the 22-acre, mixed-use development surrounding the historic brewery site in downtown San Antonio. Other design team members include New York City-based Roman & Williams Buildings and Interiors, known for its work on The Ace Hotel NYC and The Standard Highline, among other properties, and THREE: Living Architecture of Dallas.

When it opens late next year, the hotel will occupy the brewery’s 119-year-old former brewhouse and a new six-story tower that will be built next to the structure. Two restaurants, a roof-top pool, river-facing venue space and a cocktail bar round out the project. Pearl already is a popular culinary and cultural gathering place on the banks of the San Antonio River, with bustling shops and restaurants, as well as a Culinary Institute of America campus, offices and multifamily residences.

Woodbine’s past involvement with the Pearl site includes managing development of the Pearl Parkway infrastructure and improvements project, including streets and utilities, as well as design and construction of three new buildings and adaptive reuse of an existing building. The project encompasses 157,000 leaseable square feet of mixed-use multifamily residential, retail, restaurant and office space.


Reunion Tower Re-Opens to the Public Following a High-Tech Makeover

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Reunion Tower

The wait is over. Dallas’ iconic Reunion Tower observation deck is now open to the public – and, just in time to celebrate its 35th anniversary. With an all-new GeO-Deck – named for architect Buckminister Fuller’s renowned “geodesic sphere” comprising the Tower’s iconic shape – the attraction offers visitors unparalleled views of Dallas through high-definition cameras and an interactive digital touch-screen display, named the Halo.

Reunion Tower holds a special place in Woodbine Development history. Owned by Hunt Realty Investments, the tower was Woodbine’s first development project 35 years ago. Woodbine also served as developer and asset manager on the tower renovation project, which includes a new dining venue called Cloud Nine. Cloud Nine, managed by Wolfgang Puck, joins Puck’s widely acclaimed four-star restaurant, Five Sixty, which will continue to offer Reunion Tower guests 360-degree views via a revolving floor.

Other members of the renovation development team include: Hunt Consolidated Investments (investment partner); Hunt Realty Investments (owner); Gensler (architect and interior designer); Hyatt Regency Dallas (hotel operating partner); The Beck Group (general contractor); Direct Technology (technology and operations consultant); and Stimulant (technology and operations consultant).