Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc. announced that renovations on its latest adaptive reuse project—the conversion of the former Federal Building in Omaha, into a Residence Inn by Marriott—are progressing as scheduled and will retain many of the building’s historic and original characteristics and building materials. First Hospitality Group, Inc. President and COO Robert Habeeb made the announcement.
The $23 million transformation of the Omaha Federal Building began in April 2012 and is scheduled for completion during summer 2013. In addition to offering 152 rooms, the building will feature a 1,000-square-foot penthouse on the 12th floor with panoramic views of Omaha and nearly 2,000 square feet of meeting space. The project will preserve and utilize all of the building’s original marble, terrazzo tile, wooden railings and brass fixtures. Old items found in the building, such as the original 1934 FBI Most Wanted poster, will also be preserved and displayed when the hotel opens.
The conversion of the Omaha Federal Building into a Residence Inn by Marriott is the latest in a series of adaptive reuse projects by First Hospitality Group, Inc. aimed at maximizing the potential of historic properties.
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