Choice Hotels International Checks in to New Global Headquarters
Renowned Firms Build a Bright Future For Lodging Giant
ROCKVILLE, Md., April 8, 2013
ROCKVILLE, Md., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Choice Hotels International,
Inc., one of the world's largest hotel companies, has completed its move and
officially checked into its new state of the art global headquarters at 1
Choice Hotels Circle in Rockville, Maryland in the heart of Rockville Town
After more than 40 years based in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, the move
reflects the company's continued growth, the strong appeal of its hotel brands
-- which include industry icons Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, and
Econo Lodge and the newer upscale brand Cambria Suites, and the unique and
upscale Ascend Hotel Collection membership program -- as well as Choice
Hotels' desire to remain rooted in the Montgomery County community.
Choice Hotels worked with top level developers, architects, designers, project
managers and sustainability consultants Foulger-Pratt Companies, WDG
Architecture, VOA Associates, rand* construction corporation, AtSite, Inc. and
Clear Real Estate Services to develop and manage the sleek new facility. The
135,000 square foot global headquarters maintains the feel of a hospitality
company incorporating hotel elements such as check-in desks at reception, a
stylish great room lounge, and a business center for visitors that helps to
support tasks such as checking email or printing boarding passes. Featuring a
wide open, contemporary design, the concept helps to encourage innovation,
efficiency and collaboration.
Today more than 400 headquarter employees moved in to their new offices at 1
Choice Hotels Circle. Cutting edge technology and connectivity ensure
associates and guests can work and relax throughout the building and outside
on more than 3,500 square feet of patio space which offers an inviting open
fire pit and outdoor living furniture as well as cafe tables. Non-conference
room meeting and gathering spaces on every floor were created knowing great
ideas come from everywhere.
Choice Hotels International selected Rockville, Maryland-based Foulger-Pratt
Companies from a prestigious group of prominent owners and developers in the
Washington Metropolitan Area to be the owner, developer, and general
contractor of its new global headquarters. Now celebrating its 50^th year of
operations, Foulger-Pratt is behind other notable real estate projects such as
the Park Potomac luxury residential and retail development and the Washington,
D.C. Mormon Temple located in Kensington, Maryland for which it served as
design consultant and general contractor.
"We chose Foulger-Pratt to develop, own and be the general contractor for
Choice's new world headquarters because of their excellent history of
developing and constructing successful and prestigious commercial office and
mixed-use real estate projects in the Washington, DC area," said Stephen P.
Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. "Foulger-Pratt was
exceptional to work with throughout this process. From the onset, they
assured us they would develop and construct Class A commercial offices that
would meet all of Choice Hotels' requirements, on time and within budget. And
they did. They were even ahead of schedule."
Designed to meet the guidelines for certification under the U.S. Green
Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the
facility's sustainability features include water consumption that has been
reduced by 40%, locally sourced building materials and controllable lighting
and thermostats. Energy consumption will be further offset through Renewable
Energy Credits (RECs) sourced from wind power. Foulger-Pratt and building
designers WDG Architecture are pursuing a LEED Platinum certification for the
The Choice Hotels workspace on floors four through nine was designed by VOA
Associates, the architecture firm behind Choice Hotels' offices in Phoenix,
Arizona which serve as the company's global technology hub. Like the Rockville
headquarters, the Phoenix facility was based on an open design to help foster
innovative ideas and teamwork. Other parties involved with this project
include: rand* construction corporation, as the general contractor for the
Choice Hotels workplace; AtSite, Inc. as project manager and LEED consultants;
and Clear Real Estate Services as project manager.
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels,
representing more than 499,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30
other countries and territories. As of December 31, 2012, 394 hotels,
representing more than 31,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting
conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 88
hotels, representing approximately 7,800 rooms, were under construction,
awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 20 other
countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites,
Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban
Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well at its Ascend
Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.
Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges® rewards program.
With nearly 17 million members worldwide, it is one of the fastest growing
loyalty programs in the travel industry.
Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels
International, Inc. website, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
About The Foulger-Pratt Companies
Established in 1963, the Foulger-Pratt Companies represents one of the
Washington region's most experienced and diverse real estate firms. The
award-winning organization offers sustainable development, construction, asset
management, and property management services. Examples of our work include
Park Potomac mixed-use development, Downtown Silver Spring Redevelopment,
Silver Spring Metro Center, Rockville Metro Plaza, and The Nature Conservancy
Headquarters. The Foulger-Pratt Companies is headquartered in Rockville, MD.
For more information, visit: www.foulgerpratt.com.
About VOA Associates
VOA Associates is a global architectural design firm that blends the
capabilities of a multinational company with the care and attention of a
boutique studio. VOA creates distinctive, internationally acclaimed spaces
that enhance the environment and improve the human experience – places for
people to heal, learn, work and play. As one of the greenest architecture
firms in the United States, VOA boasts more than 80 LEED APs who actively
pursue the highest standard of sustainable design as a responsibility to the
planet and future generations. For more information, visit www.voa.com.
About rand* construction corporation
Headquartered in Washington, DC, rand* construction corporation is a leading
commercial general contractor specializing in building renovations, historic
restoration, interior build-outs, design-build services and sustainable
construction solutions. Founded in 1989, by Linda Rabbitt, rand* has grown
from a small, Arlington-based firm into a $263 million national organization
that is licensed to practice in 48 states and has satellite offices in
Alexandria, VA; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Austin, TX; Denver, CO and
Wilmington, NC. Over 83% of rand's workload is for repeat clients, which
attests to the quality of their 170 project managers, superintendents, and
preconstruction professionals. rand* is an innovative leader in the
construction and real estate industry via advancements in LEED consulting,
Building Information Modeling (BIM), collaborative integrated project
delivery, and overall best practices. rand* has received over 100
craftsmanship awards and has been honored repeatedly by organizations such as
the Washington Building Congress, the Associated Builders and Contractors and
the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. For more
information, please visit www.randcc.com.
About Clear Real Estate Services
Clear Real Estate Services provides an unbiased, collaborative, team approach
to the management of commercial real estate projects. We manage not only the
design and construction of a project but also on the early stages of site
selection, evaluation and over-all business and operational considerations.
Always with a focus on the over-all real estate goals of the project. With
over a combined 50 years of commercial real estate experience, our team has
seen every eventuality in a project, base-building, interior, retro-fit and
repositioning. Our experience enables us to navigate the complexities of a
project and bring efficiency and clarity to the process for the owner and
team. Our Team has managed projects for fortune 500 companies, developers,
corporations, not-for-profits, associations, schools, universities, religious
organizations, high-tech government contractors, retail operators, hotels and
healthcare providers. www.clear-res.com
About AtSite, Inc.
With 20-years in real estate and facilities, we have a complete understanding
of how buildings are designed, built and operated. Our deep expertise coupled
with our knowledge of management practices, new technologies, energy
management, and sustainability enables us to provide innovative solutions that
maximize performance. We are especially adept at powering immediate results,
while being a leading and trusted adviser for the future.
Our integrated approach combines expert, multi-disciplinary professionals;
open, inter-operable building technologies; and best-in-class global industry
partners who all share our mission to make buildings perform better. Our
proven Building Performance Platform yields buildings that cost less, are of
higher quality and provide better environments for people.
To create, optimize, and maintain high performing buildings, we offer
professional consulting and managed services in four key practice areas: Smart
Building Technologies, Energy, Sustainability, and Integrated Buildings. With
a strong foundation in the design, construction and operation of buildings, we
deliver unbiased and skilled attention to produce exceptional outcomes.
Regardless of the engagement size or scope of work, our experienced and
innovative team provides smart, consistent and measurable results.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn,
Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites,
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel
Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels
© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.
SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Contact: Sarah Lee, o: 301.628.4397, c: 202.345.6749,
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