Hotels, Resorts & Gaming Facilities

Curio Collection by Hilton, Navy Pier

Chicago, Illinois

Currently in development, this new seven-story hotel structure will be comprised of five floors of guest rooms above the two levels of revamped dining and entertainment space.  Expected to be operated under the Hilton’s Curio Collection brand, the yet-to-be-named hotel will be spread over three bracket-shaped bays immediately south of the Pier’s Festival Hall. An adjoining indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and restaurant will be constructed on top of the Pier’s Shelter Building which connects to the existing Grand Ballroom.

Solis Hotel Two Porsche Drive

Atlanta, Georgia

The Solís Hotel Two Porsche Drive is an eight (8)-story, 214-key hotel offering signature suites, refined restaurants & bars, and 6,500 square-feet of event space that includes a 3,600 square-foot ballroom. The rooftop lounge provides guests with a view of the Porsche Cars North American Headquarters Driver Development Track, as well as landings & takeoffs at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The design of the luxury hotel complements the Porsche Headquarters with understated elegance and sophistication associated with the global Porsche brand. Retained as Owner’s Representative and Program Manager, our services include contract & application for payment review, cost management, and construction review; on-site project team responsible for coordinating and validating costing, change order management, and review of RFI’s & submittals.

Spruill Residence Inn

Dunwoody, Georgia

Retained by Hotel Development Partners, LLC as Owner’s Representative and Program Manager for the seven (7)-story, 128-key hotel, the services included the establishment of a development strategy; oversight of the development of the plans, specifications, purchase of FF&E and the construction of the hotel. Initial tasks included assisting Ownership with the selection and management of suitable designers and contractors followed by oversight and management of the construction in order to deliver the project on time and within an acceptable budget.

Sterling Pointe Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel

Dunwoody, Georgia

DRB was retained by Hotel Development Partners, LLC as the Owner’s Representative and Program Manager. As an upgrade to the standard Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel, this seven (7)-story, 132-key hotel is located in the heart of Dunwoody, Georgia. The project included a 60,000 square-foot precast parking deck and four (4) retail buildings along Ashford Dunwoody Road.

Atlantis Resort Phase Two

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Principal-in-Charge

As Principal-in-Charge, Mr. Boyken led the preconstruction services team for Phase Two. Working with the owner and multiple design teams to craft an unforgettable 1000-room hotel and aquarium complex, Mr. Boyken led the team through the selection of the contractors and negotiation of the construction contract.

Atlantis Resort Phase Three

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Principal-in-Charge

Initially, the firm was to provide preconstruction services for the Suites Hotel, Residential Tower and the world’s largest water park. Mr. Boyken successfully led the team to complete the design within the budget parameters and assisted the owner in negotiations with the contractor. Mr. Boyken was then asked by the Chairmen of the Board to oversee the project management team and its project controls to assure the board that the project would be completed within the prescribed budget.

Atlantis Resort and Casino

Singapore

Principal-in-Charge

Assisted the owner for the project presentation for the development of a 3000-room hotel, aquarium, casino and convention center on Sentosa Island in Singapore. The pre-construction services included working with world-class architect Frank Gehry and crafting solutions to the free-form design necessary to win the completion.

Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino Phase One

Uncasville, Connecticut

Principal-in-Charge

Mr. Boyken was engaged halfway through the project to analyze the design and cost of the fast-tracked project to assist the owner in determining the projected cost to complete. He led the team for the owner due to the contractor’s inability to maintain project controls for the $140 million project, which was designed and completed in twelve (12) months.

Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino Phase Three

Uncasville, Connecticut

Principal-in-Charge

As Principal-in-Charge for the project team, Mr. Boyken provided pre-construction cost estimating services on this multi-building, multi-phase casino and hotel. The project scope included a new 1,000-room hotel tower, new casinos, parking decks, and numerous infrastructure and utility upgrades.

Silver Slipper Hotel, Casino and Resort

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Owner’s Representative

Acting as the Owner’s Representative for the development of a hotel located at the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis. Silver Slipper is a beachfront hotel and casino along the Gulf of Mexico. The casino has over 961 slots, 28 table games and a keno parlor. Project consisted of seven (7) floors, including a ground floor that comprises an arrival, departure and parking area for hotel guests.  The hotel rooms are located on the upper six (6) floors, containing 127-keys and nine (9) premium suites with a unique Coastal style overlooking the beach and bayou.

Hyatt Hotel and Resort

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) hired DRB to provide oversight for the design and construction of the 333-key five-star resort located in the Cap Cana development on the eastern end of the Dominican Republic. This Hyatt resort was located on fourteen (14) acres along Juanillo Beach

Four Seasons Resort

Nevis, West Indies

Principal-in-Charge

Following a devastating hurricane, DRB was retained for the redevelopment of the resort. As Principal-in-Charge, Mr. Boyken led the project team consisting of four design firms and five (5) major contractors to redevelop the resort in just over seven (7) months, completing $58 million of repairs to the resort, beach and golf course in time. DRB led the negotiations with the lending institutions for structuring the payments between the insurance companies, the bank and the owners. The five-star resort reopened for the season at full capacity. Since 2000, DRB has assisted the resort with their development program by managing the design and construction projects.  Including a new sea water chiller condenser water system, the re-insulation of the chill water piping, renovation of the Beachcomber Restaurant, additional beach protection and beach repairs, new pool building and pool, fitness center renovations, BOH renovations, renovation of the Paradise View Dining Room and Kitchen, and the construction of a villa operations center.

One & Only Resorts

Paradise Island, Los Cabos, Maldives

Principal-in-Charge

Mr. Boyken worked with the owner providing select project budget and auditing services. The work at the Maldives site also included assisting with preparation of the insurance claim after a tsunami struck the island.

Avalon Springs

Middletown, CA

Mr. Boyken worked with the owner providing select project budget and auditing services. The work at the Maldives site also included assisting with preparation of the insurance claim after a tsunami struck the island.

Golden Moon Hotel & Casino and The Pearl River Resort

Philadelphia, MS

Principal-in-Charge

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians developed The Pearl River Resort located on the Choctaw Indian Reservation in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Chief Phillip Martin focused on creating a destination resort that would also attract vacationing families. The Recreational Lakes Development is located on a 200-acre lake and includes a fitness and wellness facility, 200 room hotel, an exposition hall and open air dance pavilion. The 8-acre water park is an attraction that draws the families the entire summer. Assisted in the development of the Golden Moon Casino Hotel providing Cost Management Services.  The Golden Moon Casino Hotel is a 572-room hotel, with 98,000 square-feet of gaming area, 36,000 square-feet of retail area and an elevated bridge connecting the new casino with the original Silver Star Hotel and Casino. This engagement was expanded to include program development, value engineering, peer design review, contract negotiations and staff extension for the entire Pearl River Resort and Casino Hotel Development.

Grand Solmar at Land’s End Resort & Spa

Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico

Project Manager

Grand Solmar at Land’s End Resort & Spa sits on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, elevated from Solmar Beach, nestled into the base of a rock formation. The Grand Solmar has few equals when it comes to privacy, luxury and unobstructed views. Every elegant suite and villa has been carefully designed to take full advantage of the spectacular Pacific Ocean. The project included 320 suites & villas, a Sea Spa, a restaurant, five (5) outdoor pools, and a beach-side select service bar & grill.  Retained by Solmar Hotels & Resorts, Project Management Services were provided during the construction of the resort and villas.

Opryland Hotel Delta Expansion

Nashville, TN

Principal-in-Charge

Teaming up with Gaylord Entertainment for phase IV of the Opryland Hotel & Convention Center addition in Nashville, Tennessee.  DRB led the preconstruction team to evaluate the project costs and, when under construction, the change orders. Phase IV consisted of approximately 480,000 square-feet of exhibit halls, ballrooms, meeting rooms, as well as various ancillary spaces which are to be added to the world-famous Opryland Hotel. This expansion was completed in conjunction with a 1,024-guest room and suite addition, and a four (4)-acre enclosed recreation area to be known as The Delta. The Delta area is a fully enclosed recreational site, surrounded on all sides by either guestrooms or the Convention Center, and covered by a skylight dome. Within The Delta are restaurants, retail shops, an amphitheater, lush gardens, and a river ride.

Querencia Resort

Los Cabos, Mexico

Principal-in-Charge

Situated in Los Cabos, Mexico along the Sea of Cortez on an eight hundred-forty (840) acre site is the private, gate-guarded residential community of Querencia.  Of the three hundred-fifty (350) home sites within the gates, the Mark Scheurer-designed haciendas present exquisite two (2) story floor plans of approximately 4,400 square-feet to more than 5,000 square-feet of interior living space. Also included on a combination of custom lots are villas and casitas. Phase One of the project, incorporated all site infrastructure, a Tom Fazio golf course, sales center, gatehouse, maintenance buildings, and halfway house.  Phase Two consisted of a golf village with clubhouse, locker rooms, dining facilities, and spa, as well as a tennis facility, completed in 2004. DRB was retained by the Owner to provide program management services. Services provided included project management, design team selection, program development, master planning, cost management, value engineering, constructability review, scheduling, construction administration and litigation avoidance.

Hemingway Hotel, Casino & Resort (Formally Rotate Black)

Gulfport, MS

Principal-in-Charge

Worked with the lender to assist in the project due diligence period before issuing a letter of intent.  Mr. Boyken provided guidance to the project team and the lender in the development of the project budget, design and identifying those contract issues that needed to be resolved.

Palmilla Resort

Los Cabos, Mexico

Principal-in-Charge

Mr. Boyken was retained by Kerzner International to provide on-site construction and budget review, review of project documentation and interviewed key members of the development team to make a determination as to the causes for the project overrun.  DRB provided a list of recommendations for changes in the development process that improved the project controls and created a solid foundation for reviewing and correcting issues on subsequent projects.

The Tides Residential Resort

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Principal-in-Charge

The KOR Group retained DRB as the project management firm to assist with their on-site project managers in managing the day-to-day management of the design and construction of The Tides Resort. Provided Owner assistance with comprehensive project management and reporting, cost management and schedule management services.  Delivered vital services to ensure that the project proceeds on schedule, within budget and complies with The KOR Group’s program of requirements.

Breezes Bahamas Resort

Nassau, Bahamas

Principal-in-Charge

This hotel-expansion project, which was split into two phases, involved the construction of an additional 180 rooms, two restaurants, pool and pool bar, tennis clubhouse, four tennis courts and an upgrade to the façade of the existing buildings. DRB provided the total project management program, including Client’s representation in all contractual matters for the project. Work included design coordination, contract negotiations, contract administration and cost estimating and management. Ran the on-site construction management during both phases of construction and delivered administration on furniture, fixtures and equipment design packages.

Beaches Negril Resort

Negril, Jamaica

Principal-in-Charge

Beaches Negril is a two hundred twenty-five (225) room, all-inclusive resort with five (5) restaurants, seven (7) bars, and extensive guest amenities set on 1,400 feet of white sand beach. Constructed and equipped in twenty-one (21) months from ground breaking to opening. Major landscaping works and detailed environmental protection of on-site native plant species were a significant feature of the project. Work included environmental monitoring, contract negotiations, contract administration, and coordination with resort operator. DRB supplied the project management program, as well as acting as the Client’s representative in all contractual matters. Completed the administration of the furniture and equipment package inclusive of setting up the procurement package, undertaking the procurement, managing the shipping, and controlling the installation and handover.

Beaches Boscobel Resort

St. Mary, Jamaica

Principal-in-Charge

On behalf of the Owner’s representative services DRB managed the restoration of this fifty (50) year old resort.  The two hundred forty-three (243) key resort required restorations to all areas including the upgrade of many of the MEP services to the property. New wall finishes and fifty (50%) percent of the floors were re-tiled within the suites.  All public areas (lobby, restaurants, pool, etc.) were completely redesigned. The major tasks of coordinating construction documents and finalizing budget and cost estimates were done during the construction process. Two (2) general contractors were retained to complete two (2) separate areas of the property all within the Client’s deadline. Mr. Boyken provided the overall project coordination between Client, Operator, Project Team and General Contractors as well as cost estimating services. This property is now known as Beaches Ocho Rios Resort and Golf Club.

British Colonial Hilton

Nassau, Bahamas

Principal-in-Charge

DRB provided complete Program Management services, including on-site project management, scheduling, coordination and cost management for the renovation of the British Colonial Hilton property, which included two hundred-ninety (290) guest rooms with approximately twenty-five (25) room types, public spaces, lobby, hotel entry, restaurants, and meeting spaces.

Ritz-Carlton Resort

Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands

Principal-in-Charge

Consulting services included development management, construction review, costing services and dispute resolution.  The on-site project team was responsible for coordinating and validating costing, change order management and schedule management. The project included the construction of a three hundred (300) room Ritz-Carlton Resort and ninety-three (93) Ritz-Carlton Condominiums. The property is situated on one hundred forty-four (144) acres stretching sea to sea from the Caribbean to the North Sound.  The base project was a $124.3 million construction package with a GMP contract between Owner, Humpreys (Cayman) Ltd. and Fluor Daniel Caribbean Ltd.

Viceroy Anguilla

Anguilla, West Indies

Principal-in-Charge

Starting with demolition of the former Cocoloba Resort, located on Barnes Bay and Meads Bay on the western end of Anguilla. Construction of a new mixed-use resort development included the construction of one hundred-four (104) rooms for the “Viceroy” Hotel, a thirty-three (33) unit condominium complex and thirty-five (35) single family beachfront and ocean view villa residences. Site amenities include a spa, restaurant, conference facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, employee housing, back-of-house facilities and associated new infrastructure and site development work. Delivered project advisory services, DRB preformed master planning and development strategy, review of consultant proposals and recommendations on contracts direct to the Owner, management of design and planning consultants, cost management, project scheduling, and government advisory services. Produced a detailed construction cost estimate for the Owner and conducted value engineering at the end of the schematic design phase to reduce cost associated with the project and to assist the Owner in maintaining their budget. This property is now known as the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla.

Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort

Orlando, FL

Principal-in-Charge

DRB was solicited by Disney to assist the project management team in developing a cost management system that would deliver their projects on budget and without litigation. The first component was Dixie Landings, a 1000-room resort designed with a New Orleans theme. The second component of the development was Alligator Bayou, a 1000-room resort. The third component was Magnolia Bend, a 1000-room resort with the theme of old Southern Plantation homes. The entire resort was located on 500 acres with full Disney amenities. It was completed on time, within the budget and without litigation

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Orlando, FL

Principal-in-Charge

As Principal-in-Charge, DRB led a team providing the program management services. This included working closely with the Owner to provide advisory services.  Such as scheduling and cost estimating support during the pre-construction period and on-site project cost control during the construction phase of the development.

Disney’s California Hotel and Resort

Anaheim, CA

Principal-in-Charge

DRB worked with the planners on the expansion of the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim. The scope included the second theme park, two hotels and renovations to the existing Disney hotels on the property. Mr. Boyken led the team crafting the budgeting process, creating the systems necessary for tracking each of the projects enabling them to be approved and funded.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Orlando, FL

Principal-in-Charge

As requested by Urban Design, DRB helped in the development of a western-themed hotel and resort, a project that converted the great turn-of-the-century National Park hotels into an attraction in Orlando, Florida. Wilderness Lodge is a 728-room hotel, located in the Fort Wilderness area at Walt Disney World. The hotel design included exterior walls faced with stone veneer, vertical and horizontal log siding, board and batten wood siding and wood shingle siding. The foundation is a matte type, with reinforced concrete ranging from 7 ½” thick to 34” thick at structural load points. Elevated structure consists of post-tensioned slabs supported by concrete columns. The roof is supported by a steel structure. Interior finishes include textured Duroplex, vinyl, fabric and upholstered wall coverings. The hotel is highly themed reflecting an “Old West” tradition includes the themed lobby design of the Yellowstone Hotel with Old Faithful erupting each hour. The team completed the hotel within budget and on time.

Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino

Tunica, MS

DRB was engaged by Full House Resorts to conduct a site review of the Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino located in Tunica, MS. The property consists of a five hundred-six (506) key hotel and a 38,000 square-foot Casino. The facility is located on the Mississippi river and is one of the closest casino properties to the river. The Hotel is nine (9) floors and is connected to both levels of the Casino. The public areas were renovated in 2006/07. The Casino is a two (2) level structure with gaming on both floors. Parking is estimated at 1,795 spaces, which is available through surface parking plus a Parking Deck. The existing facility has a castle theme with perimeter roof battlements and faux towers. This theming is carried through the entire property including the parking garage and entry structure. DRB was specifically tasked with meeting with the Hotel Engineering Manager and review the property to determine those maintenance items that will require repairs or replacement.

Hotel Roanoke Conference Center

Roanoke, VA

Principal-in-Charge

Delivered preconstruction services to the Owner for the redevelopment of the historic Roanoke Hotel.

Douglasville Hotel and Conference Center

Douglasville, GA

Principal-in-Charge

The City of Douglasville utilized DRB for project management services to oversee the development of the hotel and conference center. When the developer was unable to secure financing, Mr. Boyken’s team was then engaged to provide project management services for the renovation of several buildings within the downtown district of Douglasville, creating a conference and meeting facility.

Lake Lanier Islands Hotel and Conference Facility

Buford, GA

Principal-in-Charge

Mr. Boyken provided preconstruction services for the 200-room hotel and conference facility. The resort facility was constructed by the State of Georgia and included typical resort amenities including a golf course.

Playdium Entertainment Corporation, US Rollout Program

Toronto, Canada

Principal-in-Charge

The scope of the project included development of a baseline cost estimate based on the prototype design and subsequent estimates for design development and construction documents. The team’s project management services proactively assisted in the development and management of the schedule and the budget throughout the entire design of the project.

350-Room Hotel Cost Comparison

Hangzhou, China

Principal-in-Charge

Performed budgeting services for Portman Properties for the project.

R-Ranch

Dahlonega, GA

Principal-in-Charge

DRB was responsible for providing a cost to complete and work out plan with the owner for completion of the project within the remaining allocated funds.

Fan-Cruise Georgia Garden Hotel

Tokyo, Japan

Principal-in-Charge

Delivered budgeting services for Portman Properties in their evaluation of the development opportunity in Japan.

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