WON-DOOR PART OF HIP NEW ALOFT ORLANDO HOTEL
By Sharon Haddock
ORLANDO, Fla., — Described by journalists as "hip," "chic," and "stylish," the newly opened Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel is bringing vitality back to the heart of the city's business district.The new hotel marries the historic and latest in trendy. The 118-room hotel, a $20 million adaptive re-use of the former Orlando Utilities Commission headquarters, sits adjacent to Orlando's City Hall at 500 S. Orange Ave.
Aloft Orlando Downtown is a Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. property owned by GDC Properties and operated by Yedla Management.
Won-Door FireGuard doors are part of the excitement with six FireGuard 60 CC doors used in the elevator lobbies and two FireGuard CS doors in the building's basement.The doors allowed the architect to open up the space and still provide a high level of fire protection and guest security.
"This was an interesting project done on a very tight schedule," said Eric Eiffert, Won-Door District Manager for the Florida area, Eiffert said the building designers wanted to create more open lobby space without the need for traditional swing type doors. The Won-Door products allowed them to do that.
Architect Ray Acosta (a principal with Baker Barrios) has kept the commission building's terrazzo floors, marbled walls and teak wood paneling but added high-speed connectivity throughout. President of GDC Properties, William Ingraham, says the new hotel preserves the historic fabric of Orlando while adding an exciting destination element to the downtown area for visitors and residents. Aloft hotels are specifically designed to encourage interaction between guests and the community.
The Aloft guest is always connected and on-spot, said Brian McGuiness, senior vice-president of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. Inside, there's a fitness center, a ballroom, a spacious common area, a signature WXYZ bar with live entertainment and eating facilities.
A staircase backlit by L.E.D. lights runs from the lobby area to the lower level open meeting space with floor to ceiling windows. The building's exterior is illuminated at night with vibrant L.E.D lights as well.