Construction Continues at Eastwood Towne Center

News Construction-Continues-at-Eastwood-Towne-CenterConstruction of the 125-room Hyatt Place is progressing steadily toward a spring 2015 opening.

The six-story hotel is the centerpiece of a development phase at the north border of Eastwood Towne Center, which also includes a parking garage and residential housing.

Both the hotel and the apartment housing complex are expected to be enclosed by October, a target that shifts the focus to finishing the interior, said Roger Rehkopf, president of Orion. He said the company is building Hyatt Place for a group of investors from Minnesota; the residential units are being built for DTN Management Co. in Lansing.

The Minnesota group, CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, announced in April that in addition to its $18.3 million hotel, the project would include 100,000 square feet of “in-line retailing.” CSM Lodging said it was partnering at the Eastwood site with MDG Development, a development and management firm specializing in projects within North America and Europe.

For Orion, August ended with workers finishing the fourth floor of the Hyatt. It is a masonry and precast project, said Rehkopf. The walls are block and the floors are precast concrete, a common construction method. Elevator shafts and stairwells are under construction as well as roughed-in electrical systems; cranes have been on site to set upper level steel beams. Throughout the summer, the two Orion projects had about 100 workers on the site.

Rehkopf said that the south side of the Hyatt will have a glass curtain wall; inside will be a swimming pool, which he referred to during the construction period as a “big pond.” When completed, amenities will include meeting rooms, a breakfast area and a small bar, he added.

Orion’s project adjacent to the Hyatt is a different construction project altogether.

“On the residential side we have wood framing on a concrete podium. We started the footings and foundations for the hotel last fall and let it set for the winter,” Rehkopf said. “We started the DTN project last fall, did the concrete podium in the winter and started the wood in the spring time.” The five story, 44,000 square foot project will feature 120 apartments.

The Eastwood site will also feature a 121-room Fairfield Inn, part of Marriott International Inc. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 and will be located east of Preyde Boulevard and north of Champps Restaurant and Bar.


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