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"The series is welcome . . . By providing recent buildings as examples, supported with technical information and charts of design criteria, these books attempt to bridge the gap between theory and practice."-Oculus
Building Type Basics books provide architects with the essentials they need to jump-start the design of a variety of specialized facilities. In each volume, leading national figures address the key questions that shape the early phases of a project commission. The answers to these questions provide instant information in a convenient, easy-to-use format. The result is an excellent, hands-on reference that puts critical information at your fingertips.
Building Type Basics for Hospitality Facilities provides the essential information needed to initiate designs for luxury hotels, resort/theme hotels, convention hotels and conference centers, limited service hotels (motels), and casinos. Filled with project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details, it combines in-depth coverage of the structural, mechanical, lighting, internal traffic, security, and accessibility issues that are unique to hospitality facilities with the nuts-and-bolts design guidelines that will start any project off on the right track and keep it there through completion.
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:
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.
Chapter 1: Perspective (Brian McDonough, Hanscomb, Inc.).
How a Hotel Functions.
Hotel Development Process.
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.
Chapter 3: Resort Hotels (John C. Hill, Robert C. Glazier, Douglas Atmore, Peter T. Mason, Christina Zimmerli, Hill Glazier Architects).
Types of Resort Hotel.
Chapter 4: Conference Centers (John C. Hill, Robert C. Glazier, Douglas Atmore, Peter T. Mason, Hill Glazier Architects).
Types of Convention or Conference Hotels.
Chapter 5: Limited-Service Hotels (Winford (Buck) Lindsay, Lindsay Pope Brayfield & Associates).
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Chapter 6: Casinos (Thomas Sykes, with Roger Gros, SOSH Architects).
Types of Casinos.
Market and Brand.
The Games People Play.
Utility Support Systems.
Prototype Casino Layout.
Appendix: Principal Planning and Design Characteristics of Hospitality Facilities.