The project encompassed a 61-floor renovation of over 1,300 rooms as well as renovation of the main lobby and restaurant in the Detroit Marriott in the GM Renaissance Center. The room renovation consisted of an upgrade to bathrooms, armoire re-work with new granite tops, installation of new flat panel televisions and installation of audio/visual upgrades to enhance the guest experience. Each corridor on the 61-floors received new carpet and wall coverings. Each elevator lobby was completely redone including new millwork accents and finishes. The lobby renovation consisted of an upgrade to the restaurant; addition of a new bar in the lobby area; renovation / addition of meeting rooms and relocation of the existing hotel store.
The most critical aspect of the project, from the perspective of Marriott was to ensure interruptions to its operations would be minimal or nonexistent. During the preconstruction portion of the project, it was quickly determined that completing this project in phases was necessary in order to ensure the safety of both the Marriott employees and their hotel guests. The Phasing Plan, developed collaboratively with the key operations staff of the hotel, minimized the impact on the limiting reservation capacity and maximized hotel occupancy throughout the construction activities. The renovation of more than 1300 rooms required detailed scheduling.
The schedule allotted 12 calendar days per floor with 6 floors under construction each with a two-day lag from the adjacent floor. This allowed for one floor to be turned over to the owner every other day and return to guest usage. Daily communication and coordination between the trade contractors and the Marriott staff contributed to the expediency of the construction activities. Barton Malow's carpenters performed the selective demolition operations, millwork installation, carpentry and drywall work. The project was completed as scheduled. According to the Marriott Project Superintendent, this level of success was a first for him.
The lobby, bar and restaurant renovations required special attention to activity phasing and sequencing because they were to remain in operation for much of the project. Due to the work largely consisting of renovation to public areas, safety was planned into every task to ensure the guest of the hotel had a safe and enjoyable experience. Regular communication, coordination, self performance of the carpentry and flooring scopes as well as the team's adaptability to differing conditions were cornerstones to the success of this part of the overall project.