The newest, largest hotel in Austin, Texas – the JW Marriott at Second Street and Congress Avenue – opened its doors in mid-February. The one million square foot, $300 million design process started in early 2011, ending with a 34-story high-end, unique meeting and destination venue.
The existing business is about 17,500 square feet with 6,000 square feet for storage. The new building will be a total of about 25,000 square feet and be built at a cost of about $2 million. Engineering consultant Jeff Ban, of DVG Inc., in Crown Point, said it will take another 30 to 60 days to complete the sale’s closing, and the goal is to open the new building in the spring.
“If we have five or six hotels going on at the same time, which is about average for us, we need additional storage space when its all built,” Ligda explains. “And this will help us with storage space and production space and work flow.” The materials handling system also will give D&L the capability of adding more production capacity, depending on the job.
Hostels could open a new niche in architectural interiors, with accommodations aimed at Millennial travelers, who prize trendy designs of urban reclaimed wood, or gloss panel chic.
Generator Hostels, a European hotelier, with , and The Sydell Group, are among operators entering the U.S. market. The Sydell Group, based in New York City, describes itself as a developer and manager of “unique hotels deeply rooted in their location and architecture.”
Known for its high-end, museum quality architectural millwork projects, D&L Wood Products can trace its humble beginnings back to 1992, a tool box and a one-car garage.
Bob Ligda, president, says that initially he was just a small contractor who did some remodeling. However, certain jobs would require millwork, which often sent him to local lumberyards in search of those special pieces. But frequently he would have to wait two to three weeks for those components, so he decided to start making the millwork himself.
D&L Woodworking has won the AWI Award of Excellence and was featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Design Solutions magazine for our work on 500 Lake Shore Drive.
Designed for LEED Silver Certification, 500 Lake Shore Drive was a collaborative effort involving the architectural firm of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Chicago; the design firm of Robert Pope & Associates. Cricago; and the architectural woodwork firm of D&L Wood Products, an AWl member firm located in Crown Point, Indiana, which fabricated and installed the woodwork.
D & L Wood Products Inc., 615 N. Indiana Ave., plans a 6,000-square-foot office building at the site, owner Bob Ligda said. An existing structure at the site is being demolished to make way for the new building, Ligda said.
If you’re looking for a fresh example of the old phrase, “good things come in small packages,” then meet D&L Wood Products, Inc. The Northwest Indiana-based company, which designs, fabricates and installs custom architectural millwork and casework for commercial properties, not only punches far above its weight on a regular basis, but routinely knocks its clients out with stellar quality and service.
D&L Wood Products provides its services on a national basis. The company recently completed work closer to home – in Indianapolis – on JW Marriott’s new flagship hotel, earning kudos from the project’s construction manager, Hunt Construction Group, in the process.
I started with no money but a father who helped me out and asked for nothing in return,” Ligda said. “People underestimate the importance of what passion will do for success.
With clients throughout the U.S., D&L Wood Products Inc. has generated a buzz among the hospitality industry, with one of its most recent projects garnering international attention.