EKN has worked with HKS Architects to develop a conceptual-level vision for the redevelopment of an existing Downtown Rochester Hotel, potential new brand standard requirements notwithstanding.  The vision entails a significant re-design of the hotel’s 60’s style major public spaces at the podium level, which focuses on adding a substantial amount of natural light to transform the hotel from a monolithic fortress into a light and airy experience fully integrated with the City’s downtown.

The existing hotel is designed in a Brutalist/Mid-Century Modernist style characterized by massive concrete surfaces, resulting in a lack of natural light and disregard for human perception and scale. This is most apparent in the design of the level 2 façade, which features a 15’ high canted concrete wall spanning the length of the block with no windows or any other form of relief provided.

Property Characteristics

  • 173 Keys
  • 3,687 square-feet of meeting space
  • Full service restaurant with connecting bar/lounge
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness room and business center
  • City-operated, connecting structured parking adjacent