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Napa Hampton hotel construction set

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    NAPA — A new four-story Hampton Inn & Suites will be built at the South Napa Century Center during Phase 2 of this multiphase project located between the Napa River and the Silverado Trail at Imola Avenue and Gasser Drive.

    Napa NewsThis center also comprises the new Cinemark Theatre and is the future home for an In-Shape Fitness Center, as well as office, retail, restaurant and other commercial space in the 163,000-square-foot shopping center.

    Construction of a 115-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel at South Napa Century Center is set to start in July.

    “The Hampton Inn is a big part of the renaissance of downtown Napa,” said Joe Fischer, with Fischer Financial Partners, a consultant working with the Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, the developer of the 15-acre South Napa Century Center.

    “This 76,000-square-foot hotel with 115 guest rooms is a very positive development for local interests, but the real driver of economic growth and recovery are the visitors who will be drawn to come here,” he said. “This accommodation and new restaurants in the greater downtown area will take Napa to the next level.”

    Visit Napa Valley CEO Clay Gregory said having hotels with varying price ranges for overnight visitors is important.

    “One of the many unique things about the Napa Valley is our great array of different types of lodging in this very small geographical space.  From quaint and romantic B&Bs to five diamond world-class resorts, from large conference based properties to small inns and from independent hotels to well-known brands like the Hampton Inn & Suites, we have price points and amenities to fit all tastes and purposes.”

    Currently Napa has nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, 58 percent of Napa County’s 5,200 total rooms. Almost a dozen additional hotel projects are being planned to keep pace with increasing demand. The latest such project is the Archer Napa luxury hotel bound for the former Napa Town Center downtown shopping venue, which is undergoing an extensive renovation.

    The bidding process for the new hotel will start in the second quarter of 2014 and construction is scheduled to begin in July. The hotel will open on July 15, 2015.

    Some 45 workers may be employed on this project during the buildout. When completed, approximately 40 full and part-time employees will staff the hotel.

    “Our team, including intern architect Christina Rogers, created an energy-efficient custom design for this hotel with architecture that incorporates a variety of elements to complement the surrounding area inspired by the Napa countryside and the new Cinemark Theatre,” said project manager Jeffery Mac Adam of Architectural Dimensions.

    The hotel will have varying parapet heights (to screen roof-mounted equipment), articulated wall planes, large window walls in stair towers, insets and a patio arbor working together to create an interesting and cohesive design.

    “The color palette is organic without being bland. Large blocks of color will be applied to accent slate façade sections of exterior walls.”

    The L-shaped structure will have a porte cochère (a covered drive-through portico) for guest dropoff and 139 parking spaces. Preferred parking will be provided for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

    Secure bicycle racks will be located near the entrance.

    The hotel will be a quarter mile from downtown Napa within easy walking and cycling distance for guests using a trail conveniently located next to the hotel and adjacent to the river.

    Amenities include high-speed Internet, a well-equipped business center, in addition to an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and seating areas along with fire pits and indoor/outdoor fireplaces.

    The ground floor will have a suite shop, lobby and breakfast service area comprising 2,000 square feet, along with a workout room, business center and guest laundry. There is also a 2,800-square-foot conference room for special events.

    Balconies on floors three and four on the west side of the building will offer guests a view to the Napa River.

    The hotel will have 19 rooms with king-sized beds, 35 studios with kings as well as 61 rooms with double queen beds. Each room category includes from one to four ADA-accessible rooms.

    To help conserve energy, rooms will have individualized thermostat controls linked to occupancy sensors that can turn off the system when no one is present.

    Low-level, non-glare landscape lighting will be provided throughout the property and along exterior paths and walkways. Wall-mounted LED up/down lights will provide accent highlights for key architectural building features.

    Landscaping will include semi-drought tolerant plant varieties with a seasonal mixture of texture, color and form to provide continuous diversity irrigated by an automated system that will conform to Assembly Bill 1881, California’s water-efficiency requirements.

    This irrigation system will utilize a state-of-the-art cistern collection system enabling the landscape to take advantage of on-site water to bypass the city’s water service (with backup irrigation water provided by the domestic water supply).

    Mr. Fischer said there has been keen interest among prospective contractors and subcontractors in the new Hampton Inn. Bid inquiries are being handled by Spartansburg, S.C.-based Otto Development, one of the largest developers for Hampton Inn & Suites hotels in the U.S.

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