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Building Type Basics for Hospitality Facilities is a one-stop source for the essential information architects need to fast-start the design process. In this book, leading architects from four major hospitality design firms share their knowledge and expertise on a broad scope of issues that are essential to the design of luxury hotels, resort/theme hotels, convention hotels/conference centers, limited service hotels (motels), and casinos. They address the rising demand for online connectivity and sophisticated video, data, and telephone systems; the international character of hospitality design; the growing need for flexible layouts; the adaptation of buildings created for other purposes to a new use as hotels; renovation guidelines; safety issues; and more. This book provides critical information on the process, potential problems, unique design concerns, and recent trends in hospitality facilities design, along with complete coverage of energy issues and mechanical systems, structural concerns, lighting, internal traffic, security, ADA issues, and much more. This indispensable guide:
* Asks and answers twenty questions that commonly arise in the early phases of a project commission
* Provides project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details
* Includes guidelines for luxury, resort/theme, and convention/conference hotels, as well as limited service hotels and casinos

This conveniently organized quick reference is an invaluable guide for busy, dedicated professionals who want to get moving quickly as they embark on a new project. Like every Building Type Basics book, it provides authoritative, up-to-date information instantly and saves countless hours of research. Engineering consultants will also find a wealth of information to help them tackle hospitality commissions of all kinds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471369448
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Building Type Basics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN MCDONOUGH is Vice President of the Hospitality, Entertainment & Leisure Sector at Hanscomb, Inc., in New York City. Hanscomb provides consulting services in the fields of construction, project development, planning, and design management to clients worldwide.

JOHN HILL and ROBERT GLAZIER are Principals of Hill Glazier Architects in Palo Alto, California. Hill Glazier specializes in the design of hotels, resorts, and spas.
WINFORD "BUCK" LINDSAY is President of Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Lindsay Pope Brayfield's experience ranges from a small chapel to a large warehouse, and includes hotels and educational projects.
THOMAS SYKES is Principal of SOSH Architects in Atlantic City, New Jersey. SOSH provides design services to major casino corporations throughout North America.
STEPHEN A. KLIMENT, FAIA (Series Founder and Editor), is an architectural journalist and an adjunct professor at the City College of New York. He was chief editor of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.

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This book on the planning and design of hospitality facilities is another in Wiley's "Building Type Basics" series on the principal building types. It is not a coffee-table book, lavish with color photography but meager in useable content. Rather, it contains the kind of essential information architects, consultants, and clients need to lay their hands on quickly as a design project is being proposed or is under way. As architectural practice becomes more generalized and firms pursue commissions for a widening range of building types, the series provides a convenient, hands-on resource, useful especially in the critical initial design phases of a project. Developers, operators, and managers of hotel and motel properties, as well as architect selection committees, will likewise find in this volume key information as they prepare to interview architects.

Great surges in business and leisure travel have raised hotel and motel occupancy rates to unprecedented levels, triggering corresponding growth in newly built hospitality facilities and the renovation or retrofit of existing properties.

Hotels date from distant antiquity, as illustrated in the intriguing time line in Chapter 1 prepared by Brian McDonough, one of the contributors to this volume. As far back as 1800 B.B., Hammurabi's code spelled out rules for the owners of taverns. The famous caravansaries of central Asia, which gave shelter to the hard-bitten traders traveling along the China silk route, served as McDonough points out, as the world's first-known motels, with the traveler's camel parked outside the door. Thus too were the stage stops of the Old West, the monumental hotels along the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and the hotels that today surround most major airports, established to serve the needs of travelers.

The role of the hotel as the traveler's rest changed little over the centuries, but the size, configuration, and price range of the accommodations have been transformed beyond recognition. Like many other commercial building types, hospitality has always challenged owners, developers, and investors to look ahead and to have a suitable facility available whenever the market demanded it. Today, in an era of high prosperity, the demands of this market include the following:

  • Luxury. Sophisticated guests with money to spend expect efficient service, luxurious appointments in rooms and public spaces, topnotch cuisine, and on-line connectivity. Materials, lighting, and spaciousness are all part of this equation, as contributors John Hill and Robert Glazier and their colleagues at Hill Glazier Architects describe and illustrate in Chapter 2, "Luxury Hotels."
  • Leisure for the family. This demand has led to the growth of the resort and the theme hotel, sometimes separated, sometimes linked, as exemplified by such venues as Disney World and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels in Orlando, Florida. Chapter 3, "Resort Hotels", provides the design details.
  • Conventions and conferences The trend is for businesses to assemble their executives in distant pastures, with well-lit rooms and handy golf courses, so they can refresh their spirits and think up new ways to greater profitability. With similar objectives, professional, trade, political, and labor organizations also patronize conference and convention centers. Aside from being well connected in a digital sense, these places must be highly flexible as to layout and project a sense of well-being and productivity. Hill Glazier contributors provide the details in Chapter 4.
  • Value for money. Many travelers look for a comfortable bed, a clean room, and a place for the car--and are willing to pay for that but not for much else. Motels, or limited service hotels, as they are known in the trade, are the answer, and some, such as Motel 6, will even "leave the light on for you." Chapter 5, written by Buck Lindsay and his associates at Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates, Inc., discusses hospitality of this type.
  • Gaming and entertainment. Some types of hotels focus so much on the entertainment they provide that the entire operation, from sleeping to eating, is subordinate to the pastime. Such is the case of the casino, a fast-growing hospitality building subtype that has been authorized by more and more states, and which Native American developers and owners have discovered to be liberal source of jobs and income. Tom Sykes and his colleagues at SOSH Architects, who contributed Chapter 6, are located appropriately in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Each chapter presents the unique design concerns of the category discussed. The information covers data generic to hospitality and includes such issues as bottom-line planning, the special concerns of front and back of house areas, and the critical importance of project delivery schedules.

Read the introductory Chapter 1 for current trends; the international character of hospitality design, which knows no limits of geography (there are even plans for an orbiting space hotel, where a hefty room rate is expected to include round-trip transportation); high technology, with furniture and furnishings equipped to integrate video, data, and telephone systems in public areas and guests' rooms (wireless hotel rooms are being built as this book goes to press); and eco- and cultural adventures as part of the hotel experience. In addition, more and more developers have their investment eye on architectural landmarks, not all of which started out as hotels, with plans to adapt or retrofit them for climate, lighting, amenities, and security. Among these is the FSFS Building in Philadelphia, an early Modernist office building designed by William Lescaze and completed in 1932 and now known as the Philadelphia Hotel.

This book follows the format that has become the hallmark of the series. The subject matter is tightly organized for ease of use. The heart of the volumes is a set of twenty essential questions most frequently asked about a building type, mainly in the early phases of its design. The twenty questions cover such topics as predesign, circulation, unique design concerns, site planning, codes and access, energy and environmental challenges, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems, information technology, materials, acoustics and lighting issues, interiors, wayfinding, additions, issues of renovation and retrofitting, and matters of operation and maintenance, cost issues, and financing.

For the convenience of readers, an index that refers each of the twenty questions to corresponding book pages is printed on the inside of the front and back covers.

I hope this book serves you well--as guide, reference, and inspiration.

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Table of Contents

Preface (Stephen A. Kliment).


Chapter 1: Perspective (Brian McDonough, Hanscomb, Inc.).


How a Hotel Functions.

Hotel Development Process.

Hotel Categories.

Project Team.

Design Concerns.

Project Phases.

Preconstruction Phases.

Construction Phases.

Postcontruction and Preopening Phases.

Chapter 2: Luxury Hotels (John C. Hill, Robert C. Glazier, Douglas Atmore, Peter T. Mason, Catherine A. Clover, Hill Glazier Architects;
Hani Motran, Rybka, Smith, & Ginsler).


Types of Luxury Hotels.

Program Considerations.

Design Considerations.


Chapter 3: Resort Hotels (John C. Hill, Robert C. Glazier, Douglas Atmore, Peter T. Mason, Christina Zimmerli, Hill Glazier Architects).


Types of Resort Hotel.

Program Considerations.

Site Considerations.

Design Considerations.

Technical Considerations.


Chapter 4: Conference Centers (John C. Hill, Robert C. Glazier, Douglas Atmore, Peter T. Mason, Hill Glazier Architects).


Types of Convention or Conference Hotels.

Program Considerations.

Site Considerations.

Design Considerations.


Chapter 5: Limited-Service Hotels (Winford (Buck) Lindsay, Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates).



Building Planning.

Site Planning.

Building Concepts.

Building Skin.

Structural System.

Mechanical Systems.

Electrical Systems.

Special Systems.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Chapter 6: Casinos (Thomas Sykes, with Roger Gros, SOSH Architects).


Types of Casinos.

Jurisdictional Oversight.

Market and Brand.

Master Plan.

The Games People Play.

Floor Layout.

Casino Support.

Utility Support Systems.

Prototype Casino Layout.

Appendix: Principal Planning and Design Characteristics of Hospitality Facilities.



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