Graycor Construction Company is pleased to announce that its project team has completed the first two phases of the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort renovation in Lincolnshire, Illinois by performing significant improvements to the facility’s 390 hotel rooms and constructing an elegant pavilion.
Graycor’s team, led by project manager Mark Neubauer, renovated all guest rooms and suites including new windows, HVAC, carpet, ceramic tile, shower door and bathroom fixtures, wall covering and fresh paint. Implementing Graycor’s Live Environment approach, a work methodology involving extensive, up-front planning of construction activities in and around operational environments, the team closed one or two hotel wings while the remaining wings stayed open so that the hotel would not have to close during construction. All 390 rooms were renovated in just six months.
The Lakeside Pavilion, a spacious outdoor tent offering views of the golf course and wooded area, was constructed adjacent to the hotel. The 5,000-square-foot, climate-controlled event space features floor-to-ceiling glass windows and serves as a year-round venue for weddings and various events. A connecting corridor provides direct access from this event facility to the main building.
“By engaging Graycor in the preconstruction process, we took advantage of our early collaboration to develop an execution plan that allowed the resort to minimize as much as possible impact to the guest experience,” said Eric Bates, General Manager at Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. “This was a top priority which the Graycor team helped us to achieve.”
“Since there were guests in the resort throughout construction, minimizing impact to hotel operations and ensuring superior guest experience ranked high for Marriott,” Neubauer says. “Based on hotel occupancy, we created a phasing and logistics plan to maintain optimum facility operations while keeping construction far enough away from where guests were staying. We accomplished this by routing the guests in and around work areas to maintain public access throughout construction.”
In addition to completing the renovation of the guest rooms, Graycor has completed nearly 75 percent of the final phase which includes rebuilding of King’s Wharf into two new resort restaurants Three Embers and Wright’s Brew & Bistro, renovating the lobby Brewpub, adding a new Starbucks on the premises, a new M-Club and Spa. The resort is owned by LA RFMBG Lincolnshire LLC and managed by The Bricton Group. The Gettys Group leads the design of the project, with design services also provided by Stantec. Graycor Construction Company’s Steven Crowley, Construction Manager, was the executive leader for the renovation and project coordination was provided by Daccord LLC.
Graycor’s long history of building and renovating full-service hotels and resorts across the country for Marriott International spans 20-plus years on over 30 projects. Currently, Graycor is building a 160-key AC by Marriott hotel in the heart of Phoenix’s Biltmore Financial District within the Camelback Corridor. Other hospitality clients Graycor has partnered with include Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.