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Courtyard by Marriott @ TechWorks
Waterloo, IA

The transformation of this former John Deere manufacturing warehouse into an upscale hotel for business travelers and families is an important step in Waterloo’s downtown revitalization efforts. With historic tax credit assistance, and other state funding, the team restored the building shell and carefully melded its industrial historic fabric with the hotel’s luxurious interior palate.

168
Guest rooms
6th floor
Elevated Pool
20"
Raised floors
Managing Architect
Mike Bechtel

Working within an empty, abandoned warehouse shell presented opportunities and challenges for the design team.

The historic fabric consisted of the remaining building shell making it important to maximize exposure of the existing brick and unique concrete structure. The ‘mushroom’ column capitals and drop-pans are utilized as important design and planning modules. The custom perforated steel panel pattern is also inspired by the geometry of the columns.

The team’s creative raised floor solution solved two challenges on the project. The elevated floor creates space for the routing of mechanical infrastructure, which allows the unique column capitals and building structure to remain uncluttered and visually exposed. Additionally, the raised floors create panoramic views of the river and downtown by reducing the existing window sill height (of over five and a half feet) without altering the historic window aperture and proportion.

There were many stakeholders, representatives and interests to consider in planning the site and designing the building, which is an important step in the downtown revitalization efforts. Effective consensus building was critical in defining and meeting project drivers. In the end, the solution is a unique balance of community needs, hotel brand requirements, a luxury guest experience and historic preservation.

Other team members: Laura Peterson, Bill Futrell, Abbey Potthoff, Kindra Christiansen, Cody Mills, Mark Nevenhoven

This is going to be a stunning hotel, the interior design is outstanding.
- Malinda Zimmerman Interior Design Management, Marriot International
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