Windover Construction, an award-winning construction management firm building spaces that create positive and memorable experiences, has announced the opening of The Beauport Hotel Gloucester in Gloucester, Mass. Acting as a trusted partner from inception to completion, Windover played an integral role in every stage of the hotel’s development.
The Beauport Hotel is a 115,000-square-foot, three-story, 94-room boutique hotel overlooking Gloucester Harbor. The building’s design pays homage to the classic seaside hotels that once dotted Gloucester’s coast at the turn of the 19th century, with an abundance of finishes such as copper roofing details, millwork, coffered ceilings, and shingle siding. The hotel also features a ballroom, conference center, restaurant, and bar, covered ground level parking, and rooftop pool and bar. Windover brought on board design/build partners Olson Lewis and for the architectural design and Niemitz Design Group for the interior design.
Advocating for the project through the early stages of conception, Windover had a hand in practically every aspect of the hotel’s completion such as permitting, budget, design, scheduling, interiors—all the way down to smaller details such as picking out the silverware and linens—an unusual role for a construction management firm.
“We take great pride in developing long-lasting client relationships built on trust, and the owners of the Beauport considered Windover a trusted partner throughout the entire project,” said Lee Dellicker, president and CEO of Windover Construction. “While it’s a rather untraditional approach for a construction company to oversee a project ‘soup to nuts,’ it was important that we made the process as easy as possible.”
In terms of the architecture and design of the hotel, Windover made suggestions that ended up significantly enhancing several of the original elements. They recommended copper gambrel roofs and a heavy cedar base, as well as natural cedar siding rather than a “maintenance-free” option in order to maintain a quality and natural look to the building that will weather with time. When it came to the guests’ overall experience, Windover added custom touches such as crown molding, wood paneling and fireplaces to add elegance. Finally, along with the owner, the decision was made to triple the size of the first level bar in order to capitalize on the amazing views of the ocean, and moved the pool from the lower deck to the rooftop.
“We took extreme comfort in knowing that Windover was overseeing so many of the details of the hotel’s creation,” Beauport Hotel owner Sheree Zizik said. “We appreciated their willingness to jump in where needed, and wholeheartedly trusted their expertise. They streamlined the process for us and made things run as smoothly as possible, which proved invaluable to us throughout the project.”
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