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KITE Architects helped create an innovative, stylish, and affordable boutique hotel in the heart of historic Providence by focusing on a collaborative process and communications.

The result is a fresh new hotel that is generating national and international media attention, and symbolizes the creativity and resourcefulness of Providence.

KITE Architects was engaged to assist in the renovation of a historic property to create a stylish and affordable boutique hotel. Providence has seen a resurgence in its vibrancy and livability, thanks to hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and renovation of historic properties, and the hotel was conceived to reflect and take advantage of the city’s creative atmosphere and distinct sense of place. This 5-story brick building was one of the last truly derelict structures in downtown Providence, having been home to a strip club and brothel.One of the development partners was also the interior designer (ASH NYC), so a unique collaboration emerged that dovetailed the architectural restoration and design approach with a fresh perspective on hotel development and management.

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The Dean Hotel

a re-imagined destination that has taken Providence by storm

Design Solution

KITE relied on a collaborative process that brought together not only the architectural and interior design team, but also the operations side and the contractors for a highly transparent and intensive input on every decision affecting the renovation. This started with regular team meetings during design to review scope alongside preliminary detailed cost estimates.

KITE helped implement a system of prioritization, where the development team assigned a rank according to whether an upgrade was required (for code or basic functionality), wanted (for appeal or ease of use), or would be great to have as a luxury. This helped all the stakeholders agree on priorities, weigh the impact of design choices together and to make decisions so that when the project was sent out for final pricing, the team knew that every cost reduction that was both available and acceptable were exhausted, and construction could proceed without delay.

Collaboration means different things to different people - in this case it was recognizing the strengths of each team member. ASH NYC brought a strong vision for the project’s identity and impact, and followed through with high design standards and judgement. Pezzuco Construction brought professionalism, integrity, and commitment to building a project everyone would be proud of. Consultant Lucie Searle brought financial savvy and experience with ambitious renovation projects. Numerous craftspeople brought their best work to the project. And finally KITE brought experience and technical expertise with the most complicated of renovations combined with a prioritization quality design, and leadership to make sure the full team was pulling in the same direction.

KITE also used intranet tools including Basecamp by 37 Signals to improve collaboration within the team, who used it to share sketches, notes, images, and verify that decision-makers responded in a timely way and with all the needed information. Clear and consistent communications were also key to helping the builder, Pezzuco Construction, stay on top of a fast moving project. As unknown conditions were uncovered, Pezzuco needed fast decisions from the full ownership and design team.

The result is a re-imagined destination that has taken Providence by storm. Locals fill the restaurants, visitors flock to stay in a hotel that reflects the creative spirit of Providence, and international bloggers are urging travelers to check out Providence, and check into The Dean.

For the developers, the renovation has met a thrifty dollar-per-square foot renovation cost, and the historic renovations have passed muster to earn their historic tax credits.

KITE Architects helped create an innovative, stylish, and affordable boutique hotel in the heart of historic Providence by focusing on a collaborative process and communications.

The result is a fresh new hotel that is generating national and international media attention, and symbolizes the creativity and resourcefulness of Providence.

KITE Architects was engaged to assist in the renovation of a historic property to create a stylish and affordable boutique hotel. Providence has seen a resurgence in its vibrancy and livability, thanks to hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and renovation of historic properties, and the hotel was conceived to reflect and take advantage of the city’s creative atmosphere and distinct sense of place. This 5-story brick building was one of the last truly derelict structures in downtown Providence, having been home to a strip club and brothel.One of the development partners was also the interior designer (ASH NYC), so a unique collaboration emerged that dovetailed the architectural restoration and design approach with a fresh perspective on hotel development and management.

Connect with: KITE Architects