- Stone Hill Taylor Architects
- New York, NY
Hunter Roberts provided pre-construction and construction management services for the gut renovation of all 297 guest suites and Starwood Vacation Ownership (SVO) rooms and select public spaces including guest suite and SVO corridors, the St. Regis Roof ballroom, King Cole Bar, Petite Salon, Astor Court restaurant, The Vault, Cognac Room by Thornwillow, reception and concierge desks, cellar lobby and restrooms, and DeBeers window display. Select lobby and fitness center scope will be finished in 2014.
The 233,000-SF room renovation portion called for groups of floors to be worked on in staggered phases, with every floor having a portion under construction by the midpoint of the schedule. Hunter Roberts had about six weeks to complete each typical suite and 12 weeks to complete specialty and designer suites. Room packages included Guest Suites, Mega Suites, Designer Suites, and corridors. All guest suite and SVO materials were ultra high-end, from the custom oak and walnut flooring; walnut cabinetry and walk-in closets; and silk, foil, and leather wall coverings; to custom vanities; Kallista and Kohler plumbing fixtures and accessories; marble and tile countertops; and Creston room automation systems.
The St. Regis Room’s ceiling mural was restored, along with the restoration of damaged plaster. Electrical outlets were relocated from the base of the floor to the middle of millwork along the walls, fabric wall panels and drapery was installed, existing carpet was removed, and new carpeting installed using a complicated seaming plan. Work in the St. Regis Room was conducted on a tight two-month schedule required by a major hotel event scheduled for September 1, 2013, and at the same time as HVAC work was being done by an outside mechanical contractor.
St. Regis New York remained open throughout the renovation, requiring Hunter Roberts staff to coexist with hotel guests. Project staff worked at strict working hours depending on the location and occupancy of the rooms and floors they were on, abiding by stringent noise regulations and other House Rules. Because of the historic facade, Hunter Roberts paid special attention to protection of the historical windows during the installation of an outside hoist to be used for critical activities. The hotel, was built in 1904 by Colonel John Jacob Astor as New York’s finest luxury hotel. Today, it is a New York City Landmarked property and continues to be one of the most elegant Beaux-Arts buildings in the city.