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Statler Hotels - St. Louis, MO
(Now called the Marriott Renaissance Grand Hotel)
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RENAISSANCE GRAND HOTEL
Info taken from Guarantee Electrical's website.

Rebirth of a Grand St. Louis Lady

When the St. Louis Statler Hotel opened in 1917 along Washington Avenue, it was considered the grandest hotel in St. Louis. The Statler was the country’s first air-conditioned hotel and soon became a model for hotel charm and elegance.

Originally designed by architect George C. Post, the 650-room, 20-story Statler featured lavish public rooms, an arcaded lobby on the first floor and a stunning two-story rooftop ballroom with a spectacular view of the St. Louis skyline. After the hotel opened, the St. Louis Art League recognized it with a “best architectural award” for advancing public culture.

The Statler quickly became a bustling center for important St. Louis social gatherings and drew guests from around the country. Considered very modern for its day, newspaper accounts of the gala opening noted that women were even permitted to smoke in the public dining room. The property, known in its later years as the Gateway Hotel, was closed in 1986 for renovations and never reopened – until February 2003.

For more than 15 years, the St. Louis community has been waiting for a new convention hotel. In February of this year, Historic Restoration, Inc. (HRI) delivered a hotel larger and grander than anyone originally imagined. Now the former Statler Hotel is once again the social center of St. Louis, offering luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine. It is the topic of conversation at every social event, has already been host to major conventions and is selling out to both out-of-town visitors and the hometown crowd.

To complete the Renaissance Grand Hotel, HRI renovated the Statler Hotel and built a new mirror wing on the site. Located across from the America’s Center complex, HRI has combined the old and new to provide guests with the elegance of a historic hotel with the most state-of-the-art amenities. The project is owned by a partnership of HRI and Kimberly-Clark Corp. and developed by HRI. Alberici Constructors was the design-build contractor. RTKL Associates in association with Peter Fillat Associates were the architects.

The Renaissance Grand Hotel is the cornerstone of a multi-block revitalization along St. Louis’ Washington Avenue, including the 165-room restored Renaissance St. Louis Suites, the former Lennox Hotel. In addition to its 918 rooms, the Renaissance Grand boasts 70,468 square feet of meeting space and three restaurants, including a Starbucks Coffee Shop, Capri, a three-star restaurant, and the soon-to-open specialty restaurant, Post & Sons. The hotel is linked to its ballroom facility with retail space and an 880-car, 10-level parking structure via walkways beneath 9th street.

“Both the Renaissance St. Louis Suites and the Renaissance Grand are the fulcrum of Washington Avenue’s revitalization,” observed Ron Silverman, HRI’s senior vice president and regional manager. “These projects are extremely important for the health of the business community downtown and to support additional meetings and conventions, which has been a dream of the convention center for 15 years.”

Both projects are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, setting a high bar for the restoration.

“The challenges were enormous,” added Silverman. “We worked very closely with the National Park Service to develop the buildings in accordance with meticulous plans, making them both eligible for federal and state tax credits. These tax credits provided a critical component of the complex financing.”

Phase I, the renovated Renaissance St. Louis Suites, opened in April 2002. In August, the parking structure was complete. Less than one year later, in February 2003, St. Louis celebrated the opening of its long-awaited new convention hotel – the Renaissance Grand Hotel, St. Louis. The total investment by HRI and its partner Kimberly Clark into The Renaissance Grand Hotel and Suites totals more than $270 million. Both properties are managed by Marriott International of Washington, D.C., through the Renaissance flag. The Renaissance Grand Hotel and Suites is now Renaissance Hotels’ largest convention hotel complex in the country.

For Guarantee Electrical Company, the opening also marked the completion of one of the most challenging design-assist projects in the company’s 101-year history.

Guarantee began work on the site in June 2001 and completed the project in time for the hotel’s Feb. 15 grand opening. As the design-assist electrical contractor, Guarantee provided power distribution for all hotel rooms, the historic ballroom on the 23rd floor, the laundry area, kitchens, restaurants, the lobby and the health club. Guarantee also installed lighting and electrical rough-in for special systems, including teledata and audio-visual systems. Guarantee completed the project on schedule, including taking over the fire alarm contract and rewiring the entire system in only 12 weeks. In addition, Guarantee completed the project for $12 million - $2 million under the original $14 million budget.

“Speaking for both the owner and the contractor, we are extremely pleased with Guarantee’s performance,” added Silverman. “They are a superior subcontractor that helped enormously.”

In order to meet the ambitious two-year time frame, Alberici selected tunnel form construction as the method to erect the new hotel. Previously, the tunnel form method had only been used in St. Louis on low-rise buildings. The tunnel form method allowed each floor, complete with walls and ceilings, to be poured all at once. As each wall went up, it included all rebar, pipes, ductwork and conduit. Because the former Statler’s floors were not evenly spaced, the tunnel form had to be adjusted from floor to floor to match the next floor’s height.

In order to accommodate this method, Guarantee worked closely with the structural engineer to design pre-fabricated box units for the electrical wiring. The boxes were placed in each floor as the concrete was poured so that the electrical wiring and systems could be installed later. In addition to the unique nature of tunnel form construction used for the new construction, the grand old Statler presented Guarantee with several other hurdles. As the project progressed, Guarantee and other contractors discovered the designs did not accurately reflect existing systems. Guarantee responded by stationing engineering personnel on site to modify designs and upgrade drawings.

“The owner became increasingly reliant on Guarantee’s technical expertise to bridge gaps in the construction documents,” said Paul Bauer, Guarantee’s project manager. “Our design team would often design on the fly – recognizing conflicts, redesigning, getting approval and installing all within the same day.”

Other challenges included a tight site in downtown St. Louis and coordinating deliveries with multiple nearby construction sites. Guarantee facilitated communication by renting space in the same building as Alberici, HRI and RTKL, ensuring easy access to other team members and the site.

Guarantee’s project team included Steve Briesacher, project director; Bauer; Dale Siebert, project superintendent; Rich Kuchem, general foreman; Bob Olsen, general foreman; and John Bennett, general foreman for the fire alarm system.

Time had taken its toll on the old Statler. After standing vacant for 17 years, the 4,645-square-foot, two-story rooftop Crystal Ballroom was showing years of neglect. Today the ballroom sits proudly on the 20th floor, stunning visitors with a colonnade of fluted piers topped by Corinthian capitals and an arched ornamental ceiling painted to simulate the sky. The lavish room features crystal chandeliers, opulent drapes and window treatments on its restored 22-foot-high by nine-foot-wide windows, original woodwork, ornate urns, plus carpet and panoramic views of downtown St. Louis.

But the hotel also is ripe with modern amenities for both the business and leisure traveler. Meeting space, the cornerstone of any major convention hotel, can be found in the 20,203-square-foot Majestic Ballroom, the 11,053-square-foot Landmark Ballroom, the 4,645-square-foot rooftop Crystal Ballroom, and another 30 meeting rooms including ballroom salons. Among its three restaurants and lounges is the soon-to-open Post & Sons, a contemporary restaurant with elegant service and flair, featuring a menu of fresh seafood, aged prime beef and creative entrees. Capri is the hotel’s casual, three-meal restaurant featuring contemporary Mediterranean cuisine from the coast of Italy, South France, Greece and Spain. The food service is rounded out by a Starbucks coffee bar and the Lobby Lounge, featuring light snacks and a comfortable atmosphere just off the lobby. Other amenities include a business center, concierge lounge and executive rooms, an indoor swimming pool and health club, laundry and valet services, and a gift shop.

Today the Renaissance Grand St. Louis is drawing rave reviews and new admirers, bringing a renewed vitality to Washington Avenue and to St. Louis as one of the country’s top convention cities.


The following article was taken from the Hospitality Trends website.

Marriott Announces Opening Of Renaissance Grand Hotel In St. Louis

WASHINGTON – Jan. 20, 2003 – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) announced today that the 918-room Renaissance Grand Hotel, the largest in St. Louis, is scheduled to open in February 2003. Located at 800 Washington Ave., this newest addition to the Renaissance Hotels, Resorts and Suites portfolio is owned by Gateway Hotel Partners LLC and is managed by Gateway Tower Powers LLC. Historic Restoration Inc. of New Orleans developed the hotel in partnership with Kimberly-Clark Corporation of Dallas, Texas.

This historic property, formerly known as the Statler Hotel, was built in 1917. Once the winner of an architectural award from the St. Louis Art League, the building has been painstakingly restored to preserve its original architectural charm, and the authenticity of the interior has been maintained, including the lobby, three-story atrium and two-story rooftop Crystal Ballroom. The building was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982.

Located 15 miles from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Renaissance Grand Hotel is situated across the street from the recently opened Renaissance St. Louis Suites Hotel. Both hotels are an important part of an urban revitalization project that will bring street-level restaurants, retail outlets and more than 200 residential units to Washington Avenue and the areas surrounding the America's Center convention complex. The hotel’s downtown location, convenient to MetroLink, the city’s light rail system, offers business travelers easy access to many government and corporate offices, including Southwestern Bell, A..G. Edwards, May Company, Ralston Purina and Anheuser Busch. The Gateway Arch; America’s Center Convention Complex; City Museum; Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; the EdwardsJones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams; and Laclede’s Landing, a restaurant and entertainment complex, are also within walking distance.

The new Renaissance Grand Hotel offers nearly 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the 20,203-square-foot Majestic Ballroom. Additional function rooms include the 11,053-square-foot Landmark Ballroom and 4,645-square-foot, two-story rooftop Crystal Ballroom. The Crystal Ballroom boasts vaulted ceilings and 22-foot windows, offering splendid views of the city. A Kinko’s business center is on site.

Guest rooms are elegantly appointed and feature the deluxe Renaissance bed with feather-top pillow mattress and down duvets. Equipped to meet the needs of business travelers, guest rooms feature a 27-inch television, two phones with data port, enlarged work desk and chair, hair dryer, iron and ironing board and coffee maker. As an added luxury, bathrooms feature Bió toiletries and robes.

Guests may enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Capri, a Mediterranean-style restaurant featuring contemporary cuisine. Post & Son’s offers contemporary French cuisine in an elegant setting, which once served as the magnificent lobby of the Statler Hotel. For added convenience, guests may also enjoy specialty coffee, light sandwiches and salads at the hotel’s Starbucks coffee house. Room service is also available. Additional hotel amenities include an indoor pool, health club, gift shop and valet service.

The Renaissance Hotels, Resorts and Suites brand is for travelers who prize individuality. Renaissance guests can expect comfortable, tastefully decorated environments, thoughtful amenities, appealing street-level restaurants featuring contemporary and regional cuisine, and warm, anticipatory “savvy” service in a full-service hotel. With over 100 locations around the world, Renaissance strives to delight guests with ambience, style, care and Marriott International’s promise of quality.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR), a leading worldwide hospitality company with over 2,600 operating units in the United States and 65 other countries and territories.


Kimberly-Clark Corp. Putting Final Touches on 918-room Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis, the Former Statler Hilton

By Christopher Carey, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
(c) 2003, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News.

Feb. 14, 2003

One of two restaurants in the new Renaissance Grand Hotel St. Louis was cranking out breakfast Thursday -- for employees instead of guests.

Desk clerks were checking in mock customers under the watchful eyes of their supervisors. Contractors were scrambling to put fixtures and furnishings in place for this weekend's grand opening.

The 918-room Renaissance Grand will greet its first official guests Saturday, marking the culmination of the four-year, $265 million renovation of the old Statler and Lennox hotels in downtown St. Louis.

"It's just been an amazing transformation," said Susanne Voeltz, a representative for Kimberly-Clark Corp. of Dallas, the hotel's majority owner.

The Statler, which opened in 1917 and was known later in life as the Gateway Hotel, had been vacant for nearly 20 years.

The project is one of the catalysts for redevelopment along Washington Avenue. It also provides a boost to the region's convention capabilities, said Traci Russell, marketing director for the Renaissance Grand and the neighboring 165-unit Renaissance St. Louis Suites.

The two hotels put more than 1,000 rooms in close proximity to America's Center, an important consideration for groups planning major gatherings.

The Renaissance Grand also has generated about 400 jobs, and the work force is likely to rise to 600 when the hotel reaches full speed over the summer, Russell said.

The Renaissance St. Louis Suites, which opened last year, employs about 100 people.

Marriott International operates the properties.

The company received more than 5,000 applications for the jobs at the Renaissance Grand, Russell said. It imported some key employees from its properties in other parts of the country, hired a few people away from local competitors and picked up the rest from a variety of other fields.

"We hire a lot for attitude," Russell said, noting that in many hotel positions, people skills are as important as experience.

The Renaissance Grand is a combination of the original 21-story Statler Hotel and a new 23-story tower.

The lobby features a three-story atrium, complete with petrified palm trees that link Capri, the Mediterranean-themed restaurant on the lower level, with the registration area and lounge.

Capri opens Saturday and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Post & Sons, a French restaurant, will open this spring in what once was the Statler's lobby.

A Starbucks at the southeast corner of the hotel is scheduled to open Wednesday.

RENAISSANCE GRAND HOTEL ST. LOUIS
Address: 800 Washington Avenue
Opening date: Saturday
Rooms: 918
Employees: 400, but projected to reach 600 by summer
Cost: $265 million, including Renaissance St. Louis Suites Hotel
Operator: Marriott International Inc.
Introductory rates: $59 a night through March 4, $99 a night from March 11 to April 4 (sold out for March 5 to March 10)
Regular rate: $129 to $229 a night
Majority owner: Kimberly-Clark Corp.
History: Formerly the Statler Hotel, opened in 1917


Article taken from the Hospitality.net website.

J.W. Marriott, Jr., Opens Historic Renaissance Grand Hotel In St. Louis

17 April 2003

WASHINGTON, J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. [NYSE: MAR] , Governor Bob Holden of Missouri and Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis today officially opened the 918-room Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, the city's largest hotel.

The Renaissance Grand Hotel was developed by Historic Restoration Inc., of New Orleans in partnership with Kimberly-Clark Corporation of Dallas, Texas. Historic Hospitality Investments, a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark, owns 85 percent of the Renaissance Grand property.

The Renaissance Grand Hotel is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982 and winner of an architectural award from the St. Louis Art League. Vacant for nearly 20 years, the building was formerly a Statler Hotel built in 1917 and has been restored to preserve its original architectural charm, and the authenticity of the interior has been maintained, including the lobby, three-story atrium and two-story rooftop Crystal Ballroom.

The 918-room hotel is located next to the America's Center convention complex. Together with the 165-room Renaissance St. Louis Suites that opened last year across the street, the hotels position the city to better compete for convention business. In addition, the Renaissance Grand Hotel is an anchor for the city's redevelopment of the downtown Washington Avenue corridor.

At today's ceremony, Mr. Marriott said, "I'm very proud that Renaissance can count itself as an active, contributing member of this wonderful St. Louis community. Indeed it's an honor that this new hotel and the recently opened Renaissance St. Louis Suites are both part of the exciting Washington Avenue urban revitalization project."

The Renaissance Grand Hotel will offer two restaurants. Capri is a Mediterranean restaurant situated in the atrium. At the street level in the old hotel lobby, Post & Sons, serving French cuisine, will open this summer.

The Renaissance Grand Hotel contains nearly 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including the 20,203-square-foot Majestic Ballroom. Additional function rooms include the 11,053-square-foot Landmark Ballroom and 4,645- square-foot, two-story rooftop Crystal Ballroom. The Crystal Ballroom boasts vaulted ceilings and 22-foot windows, offering views of the city. A Kinko's business center is on site.

The Renaissance Grand Hotel is located at 800 Washington Avenue and reservations can be made at www.marriott.com or 1-888-236-2427.

Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, located throughout the North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, is a distinctive full-service hotel brand designed to enhance the enjoyment of its guests. Renaissance guests can expect stylish environments; crisp, attentive service; and contemporary restaurants that feature well-defined quality dining experiences.


Info taken from an article on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

Renaissance Grand Hotel opens downtown

April 16, 2003

The Renaissance Grand Hotel, the largest hotel in the city, officially opened in St. Louis Wednesday.

The Renaissance Grand, developed by Historic Restoration Inc. and the Kimberly-Clark Corp., is across the street from the Renaissance Suites, which opened last year. The hotel is next to the America's Center convention complex, positioning it to compete for convention business.

The 918-room hotel is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was built in 1917 and operated as the Statler Hotel, and has been vacant for nearly 20 years. It has now been restored to preserve the original architectural details.

The hotel has two restaurants, Capri in the atrium and Post & Sons, which will open this summer.

The Renaissance Hotel chain is owned by Bethesda, Md.-based Marriott International Inc. (NYSE: MAR), which operates or franchises 2,557 lodging properties worldwide, under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Ramada International names.


Info taken from an article on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

Renaissance Hotel owners pay $3.5 million interest payment

December 16, 2005

The owners of the $265 million Renaissance Grand Hotel and Suites made their $3.5 million interest payment Dec. 15, according to documents provided by UMB Bank, the bond trustee.

The owners used $1.29 million in funds from its senior debt service fund and the balance from the debt service reserve fund, leaving $177,000 in the debt service reserve fund, according to the document.

"Given the uncertainties regarding the status of this matter, the timing and amount of the June 15, 2006 interest payment, and any future payments of debt service on the Series A bonds, cannot be predicted," the document said.

UMB Bank said "certain directional decisions may need to be made shortly," so it invited bondholders to form an informal committee to discuss the short- and long-term cash flow needs of the hotels.

Steven Stogel, of DFC Group, has been acting as an ombudsman between bondholders and UMB Bank, and was working to put together a memorandum of understanding among the parties by Dec. 15. However, UMB said there is currently no acceptable proposal and no memorandum of understanding.

UMB Bank called a conference call for bondholders only Dec. 20 to discuss the status of the matter.

The Renaissance St. Louis Suites Hotel and Grand Hotel are the result of massive historic renovation of the Statler and Lennox hotels. The hotels offer nearly 1,100 rooms and suites and are located across the street from the America's Center convention complex.


Info taken from an article on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

Renaissance works to restructure debt

St. Louis Business Journal - March 24, 2006
by Lisa R. Brown

A plan to infuse new capital and reduce debt on bonds for The Renaissance Grand and Renaissance Suites is in the works.

The Renaissance is located across the street from the America's Center convention complex. The historic renovation of the Statler and Lennox hotels has nearly 1,100 rooms and suites, and was designed to accommodate convention attendees. However, the number of conventions to come to St. Louis and the resulting hotel room nights have fallen far short of projections.

The owners of the $265 million hotel made a $3.5 million interest payment Dec. 15 from a debt service reserve fund. Only $177,000 remains in the debt reserve fund, and the next interest payment is due June 15.

During a March 22 conference call, bondholders were told a proposal is being developed to infuse new capital and reduce debt on the hotel's bonds. Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark is the lead investor on the hotel.

Steve Stogel, president of the DFC Group, acting as an ombudsman between bondholders and UMB Bank, said during the call that he is hopeful that a proposal will be ready for viewing by bondholders within the next four weeks. The next meeting for bondholders was set for April 19 at the offices of Mintz Levin in New York.

During the call this week, bondholders considered proposals from two consultants, C H Johnson Consulting and the Strategic Advisory Group, to review the debt restructuring.


Info taken from an article on the St. Louis Business Journal website.

Renaissance Grand meets June interest payment

St. Louis Business Journal - June 19, 2007

Downtown's Renaissance Grand and Suite Hotel made its debt service payment due June 15 without additional funding from Housing Horizons, the lead investor of the hotel.

The interest payment due, $3.5 million, was funded by $2.33 million from the hotel's debt service collection fund and $1.18 million from the hotel's revenue fund. The hotel's debt service reserve contains a balance of $32,901. The next interest payment, of $3.5 million, is due Dec. 15.

Due to increased occupancy and revenue in recent months, the hotel expects to make the Dec. 15 interest payment without borrowing from Housing Horizons, a subsidiary of Kimberly-Clark.

The $277 million hotel at 800 Washington Avenue has fallen short of original revenue projections since opening in 2003.

The Renaissance Grand complex, a historic rehab of the former Statler and Lennox hotels, is across the street from America's Center convention center. Gateway Hotel Partners LLC and Gateway Tower Partners LLC - limited liability companies whose shareholders include New Orleans-based Historic Restoration Inc. (HRI) and Housing Horizons - developed the complex and invested in the project. Other financing for the hotel came from tax credits and loans backed by the city of St. Louis, the state and the federal government.


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Last Updated: February 29, 2008