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CBCMarriott picContinental Building Company nears completion on first-of-a-kind hotel in Ohio. 

by Kat Zeman

Expected to increase tourism and give the local economy a bump, a new full-service Renaissance Columbus Westerville Hotel is preparing to open its doors in Westerville, Ohio.

Developed by Continental Real Estate Companies in partnership with Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, construction on the $50 million project should be completed in spring. The 170,000-square-foot hotel, which broke ground in 2015, will be the first full-service hotel with a ballroom and conference rooms in Westerville.

“I think this hotel will bring a lot of weddings and conferences into the area,” says Jeremy Ayres, Continental Building Company (CBC) project executive. “Plus, there are a lot of businesses surrounding this hotel that are looking to use it for their meetings and conferences. They will be able to assemble large groups of people into a room.”

The eight-story hotel will feature a full-service restaurant on the ground floor along with a common area, two ballrooms, four meeting rooms, bar, indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and a VIP club lounge. Guests will also be able to lounge around in an art-adorned studio with a fireplace or hang out in an indoor back porch that features swings. 

Nature-Inspired

Aside from their luxurious amenities, Marriott International hotels that fall under the Renaissance brand  are known for individual and locally inspired designs. “All Renaissance [hotels] are custom designed,” Ayres says. “That’s their niche. They pull in the local ambiance and the finishes are all custom-specific to the location.” Continental Building Company box

Westerville, a rustic community with a historic downtown, is known for its natural beauty that includes lakes, miles of walking trails and gardens. Its town center, home to many locally owned stores and boutiques, still features storefronts with original architecture from the 1800s.

The new hotel, located to the north of the city’s historic downtown, was designed with a “modern lake house theme,” Ayres says. It is near the Hoover and Alum Creek reservoirs. The exterior is made of a combination of dark and grey toned brick and its guest tower is constructed with structural metal studs and features concrete floors. “Indoors, you have a lot of custom finishes,” Ayres says. “There are custom built-in cabinetry and stadium seating at the bar, wood and marble floors in the lobby and guest rooms have LVT tile that looks like wood.”

To give the hotel an outdoor feeling and allow for natural light, its design features lots of glass. A glass canopy will greet guests in the main lobby and many of the hotel’s 222 guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The club lounge is home to an attractive rope wall that is designed to divide the room without making the area feel too closed off or boxy.

The indoor pool was outfitted with a bluish-gray ceramic tile that resembles wood planks. “It’s a very unique-looking tile,” Ayres says.

Long-standing Partnerships

CBC is a general contractor that specializes in five market sectors: multifamily and student housing, hospitality, corporate and medical offices, senior living and mixed-use developments. Though the company operates primarily in Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Midwest, it is licensed in 18 states (where licenses are required) and has worked on projects in 24 states.

Founded more than three decades ago, CBC is a steadily growing company that generates roughly $400 million in annual revenue and prides itself on a 94 percent repeat client rate. The company attributes some of its success to long-standing partnerships with subcontractors. “It’s not just about working together on one job,” Ayres says. “It’s about building relationships and we have contractors that have been with us for many years.”

The company has a number of award-winning projects in its portfolio that showcase an understanding of design, budget, community context and fine building details that are essential to a project’s success. For more than a decade, CBC has maintained its rank in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list. Its goal for every project is to deliver a product that creates a good investment for the client.

In addition, CBC believes in giving back to the communities it serves. In 2001, it created CBC Charities and the Tyler Ludwig Scholarship program for young people interested in an education in a construction-related field.

The scholarship is awarded through The Builders Exchange Foundation of Central Ohio and awards the successful student with a $1,000 scholarship. In 2004, CBC Charities established the CBC Charities scholarship fund that is housed at The Columbus Foundation for graduating high school seniors that are enrolling in a four-year college or university. 

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