Timberline Construction Building New Homewood Suites HotelHigh-Profile Monthly, December 2010
Timberline Construction with offices in Canton Massachusetts is the General Contractor for a 98 room Homewood Suites Hotel being built in Canton. This four story eighty thousand square foot hotel project is located at 50 Royall Street just off exit 2B on Route 93 north. Situated on 2.3 acres this project is under construction with a completion date scheduled for June 2011. A project of this size is hopefully a sign that the economy is starting to swing toward a recovery from the downturn that has affected the construction sector very hard over the past three years. Timberline Construction self performs much of the site work and carpentry using local labor. The majority of subcontractors are from the greater Boston area.
The Suite concept for hotel design is gaining in popularity with business traveler and families visiting the area. There are a combination of studio, one and two bedroom units each with a kitchen. There is an indoor swimming pool, spa, and exercise room that is very popular with guests. The Canton location makes it easy to visit vacation destinations in both the city of Boston, the seacoast, or the mountains to the west and north. Six units located on the first and second floors have handicap accessible bathrooms and many of the units have access to adjoining rooms to accommodate very large families of groups visiting the area. There is a centrally located laundry room on the first floor as well as very comfortable sitting area with gas fired fireplaces that afford the home style amenities that families are seeking. An executive center with computer work stations and conference capability are also located on the first floor that is a plus for the business traveler to our area.The exterior is a combination of brick accents, hardy plank siding and E.F.I.S. (exterior finish and insulation system) around windows and parapets. This design gives the feel of a high end residential complex rather than the usual hotel model. A gabled roof with architectural asphalt shingles continues to enhance the home style look. The front entry is accented by large columns that also bring a very welcoming feel to the structure.Ron Kendall, President of Buffalo Lodging Associates which owns and operates 38 hotels throughout the Northeast and in Florida when asked to comment on this project said, “This will be the seventh Homewood Suites in our portfolio. The hotel is designed for upscale extended stay guests who anticipate being in the area on assignment for several days, weeks or month and the hotel provides a breakfast buffet and social hour for patrons.”In addition to Homewood Suites, Buffalo Lodging operates other Hilton franchised brands along with a variety of Marriott hotels. It currently has two other hotels under construction including a Marriott Courtyard in Buffalo, NY and a Staybridge Suites at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.Archetype Architects of Portland, Maine is Architect. Their work includes commercial, multi-family residential, hospitality and institutional projects throughout New England. Partner Bill Hopkins worked as the Partner-in-Charge for the Homewood Suites, and Associate Architect Kevin Gough serves as the Project Architect.Timberline Construction is a full service General Contractor and Construction Management firm located in Canton MA. They have a varied portfolio that includes work in sectors that include retail establishments, restaurants, wireless telecommunications installations, commercial, healthcare, higher education and hospitality. Timberline Construction began operations in 2002. Today Timberline Construction has gross revenues of $25 Million with 85 full time employees.