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perspectives

hyatt regency minneapolis
By JoAnn Greco

sustainable studio

1. Looming over the reception desk is an archival paper map of Minneapolis resembling Post-it Notes, a local invention.

BORN IN THE USA
Local materials inform the design of a Hyatt
When Michael Suomi, principal of New Yorkbased Stonehill & Taylor, rst received his deadline from the investment partners of the newly renovated Hya Regency Minneapolis, he was relieved to hear they were placing a premium on locally sourced furnishings and furniture. “Since they gave us an extremely short time—two weeks—to come up with a design, we knew there’d be no time to have things made overseas, anyway,” he recalls. In fact, for the $25 million project, Suomi and his team dubbed the mandate “Made in America,” making sure 85 percent of the products were manufactured within 500 miles of the city, which included parts of Canada. The project’s sustainability ethos began with the elimination of long-haul transport. It continued with the reward of adding jobs and dollars to the regional economy, Suomi points out. But that didn’t mean the project su ered when it came to cost comparisons. “To make sure we stayed competitive, we had our purchasing agent, Stroud Group, bid out to Asian and European companies,” Suomi says. “The answer came back that, no, we weren’t paying more to have things made locally.” Equating local with expensive is a “kneejerk” reaction, he adds, that doesn’t factor in other associated costs such as those involved in packaging, transportation, and time loss. “In the hotel business, ge ing heads into beds faster

translates into real dollars,” Suomi observes. “We were able to pull our completion date forward one full year of the next available window for nishing construction at the lowest RevPAR.” Other factors—such as an increased willingness by regional companies to negotiate in the midst of a recession, and concurrent rising costs of labor in Asia—also helped keep the idea of staying local a ainable, adds Suomi. To ne-tune the concept, “we decided, well, the design is going to celebrate everything that makes the state a very speci c place,” Suomi says. “We did a bunch of research on Minnesota’s statehood, its industries, the people who came to live and work there. It was like going back to school.” They learned a lot, but the essence boiled down to a few key touchstones: the development of hydraulic power from St. Anthony Falls, which crash into the Mississippi River near the Twin Cities; the timber industry made possible from that early technology; the our and wool mills that

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - December 2012

Hospitality Design - December 2012
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Sustainable Studio: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Sustainable Studio: Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown
Trends: Healthcare Design
Trends: Spas
Trends: Making Cities Well
Interview: Andrew Gibson
Interview: Claire Chiang
5 Questions for Ray Williams
Products
Profile: Suzanne Tick
Trends: Healthy
Spa
Bedding
Projects
Backstage Hotel Vernissage
Spa Tokione
Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa
Bask Spa by Exhale
Hanarenoyado Yomogino Hot Spa
Ad Index
Back Space
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Intro
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Hospitality Design - December 2012
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Cover2
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 16
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Online TOC
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 18
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 19
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - From the Editor
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 21
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 22
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 23
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - From the Show Director
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 25
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 26
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 27
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - People
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 29
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 30
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 31
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 32
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Perspectives
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 34
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Sketchbook
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 36
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 41
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 42
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Sustainable Studio: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 44
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 45
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 46
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Sustainable Studio: Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 48
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 49
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 50
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Healthcare Design
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 52
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 53
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 54
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 55
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 56
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Spas
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 58
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 60
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 61
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 62
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Making Cities Well
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 64
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Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 67
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 68
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Interview: Andrew Gibson
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 70
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 71
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 72
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 73
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 74
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Interview: Claire Chiang
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 76
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 77
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 5 Questions for Ray Williams
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 79
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 80
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Products
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 82
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Profile: Suzanne Tick
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 84
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Trends: Healthy
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 86
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Spa
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 88
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 89
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 90
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Bedding
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 92
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 93
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 94
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 95
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 96
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Projects
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Backstage Hotel Vernissage
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 99
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 100
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 101
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Spa Tokione
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 103
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 104
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 105
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 107
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 108
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 109
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 110
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 111
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Bask Spa by Exhale
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 113
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Hanarenoyado Yomogino Hot Spa
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 115
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 116
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 117
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Ad Index
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - 119
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Back Space
Hospitality Design - December 2012 - Cover3
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