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Hotel Design Firm in USA

Completed 250+ Hospitality Projects providing Architecture and Engineering Design Services

Hotel Design Firm

Our advanced approach to create bespoke designs for our clients, their guests and communities have made us a leading Hotel Design Firm in North America

November 11, 2021, East Hartford, Connecticut

Russell and Dawson is one of the leading Hotel Design Firm in the new England region providing Planning, Architectural Design Services, Engineering (Structural, MEPFS, HVAC), Interior Design and Construction services.

We have recently reached the mark of completing 250+ hospitality projects with Hampton Inn, Keene, NH, and Residence Inn by Marriott, Hamden, CT being under construction. Our hospitality projects primarily include hotels, motels, restaurants, and cafes with complete turnkey capability. Russell and Dawson has worked with hotel developers & owners to create and construct extraordinary properties for the New Development, Conversion, Adaptive Re-Use, Renovation and Remodeling projects for established brands such as IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Carlson Group, Best Western, Hyatt, and independent hotel brands in the northeast region of the USA.

What sets us apart is our commitment to execute cost-effective and budgeted Hotel Remodels, Retrofits, Renovation, & Brand Transformations for some of the leading hotel brands in North America. The interior spaces we create leave a lifelong impression and beckon guests to return. Our hotel design-build experience ranges from mid-scale to upscale to luxury as per the hotel brand design standard. We focus on creating experiences that exceed guests’ experiences. We have grown to be a design-build firm by integrating Hotel Design Architecture, Engineering, and Construction services.

We are proud to accomplish the below number of projects for the reputed brands:

65+ Projects of Hilton brands,

35+ Projects of IHG brands,

25+ Projects of various brands of Choice Hotels,

25+ Projects of Marriott brands,

20+ Projects of Wyndham Hotel Group,

15+ Projects of Best Western,

5+   Projects of Carlson Group and

15+ Independent Hotel Projects.

Some recent hospitality projects by Russell and Dawson includes:

Hampton Inn, Keene, NH–New construction of hotel 64,000 SQFT, 4-Story, 100 Rooms

Residence Inn by Marriott, Hamden, CT–New construction of hotel 88,797 SQFT, 4-Story, 127 Rooms

“We have mastered the design process for hospitality projects keeping the 5 C’s in mind which are Comfort, convenience, connectivity, Community, and cool. We believe our designs reflect the authenticity of the place by creating unique and unforgettable experiences,” said Chirag B. Thaker, President, Russell and Dawson.

Tru Hotel, Windsor Locks, CT_by Russell and Dawson


Tru Hotel, Windsor Locks, CT_by Russell and Dawson

The hospitality business has endured extraordinarily during the pandemic as a result of the slowdown in business and leisure travel. But, the continuous difficulties of worldwide health and the environmental emergency have pushed the business to ask what else hotels can be for individuals and networks. This year, the hotel business has a chance to rethink itself through strong, human-driven plans that interface individuals with space by changing the hospitality design architecture.

The architects and engineers working in the Hospitality Design Firms are trying to reshape hotels to promote the well-being of the guests by identifying new approaches to wellness and sustainability.

Increased focus on health and wellness of the guests

The business won’t bounce back to regular occupancy levels until visitors can be guaranteed their visit will not contrarily sway their wellbeing. Hotels can assist with moderating this dread by sloping up cleaning efforts and ensuring visitors know I set which explicit disinfection and cleansing measures up to guarantee their wellbeing. Many hotels brands have reported utilizing electrostatic sprayers with medical clinic grade sanitizer to disinfect surfaces all through their hotel chains. Fever scanners at passageways may turn out to be more normal and could promise visitors that they are entering the safe and secure building. Numerous hotels are making the extra stride of recruiting consultants to ensure their cleaning conventions adequately dispense with microorganisms. Also, hotel staff should be enforced to wear personal protective equipment which ensures the safety of the staff, as well as the guests, feel assured by this sight. New hotels are also considering replacing metal or plastic doorknobs and furniture handle with copper which has been shown to kill bacteria.

Hands-free Experience

Hotels are caught up with investigating approaches to decrease the quantity of high-touch areas that can spread disease. Mechanized innovation, for example, hands-free faucets and toilets offer one arrangement. Numerous hotels have effectively changed to mobile check-ins that kill the need to connect with the front desk area and empowers a cell phone to fill in a room key. More hotels will probably add this innovation going ahead.

Beyond these hotels should think about bringing down the number of touchpoints in eateries and dining spaces. Visitors are probably going to see all the more exclusively wrapped “grab and go” food choices in the short term, with self-serve salad and breakfast bars supplanted completely by staff stationed counters.

Promoting Sustainability

Sustainable tourism is where guests can engage with nature and take up activities like cycling, walking, hiking in a beautiful environment. Hotels are trying to focus more on biophilia designs and outdoor spaces so that guests can enjoy healthy activities in outdoor spaces with safe distances. It also includes air purification systems in the rooms along with operable windows. Hotels are also working towards vitamin C-infused showers.

Reshaping hotel amenities

People are accustomed to ‘work from anywhere instead of the ‘work from home lifestyle. Hotels are trying to deploy a business mixed with leisure design. As a Hospitality Architectural Design Service provider, we can partner with hospitality clients to design a hotel into a sustainable, wellness-focused environment apt for relaxing, adventuring, and working from home.


We live in an inevitably complex world where fast change is testing the way we live, work, travel, and play. Our in-house team of Hotel Architects and Engineers have years of experience in hospitality design which allows them to assist customers with exploring this time of phenomenal change. Our group has profound aptitude in market patterns, systems, operations and money offering help to the clients to make informed choices.


Working intimately with our architectural design associates, we comprehensively approach each task determined to accomplish a critical spot that adjusts the actual setting, the client’s vision, evolving and changing market characteristics, with the plan’s financial potential.

  • Actual Context

Does the plan fit the site? From the very beginning, it is fundamental to assess the match between the project site’s attributes with the proposed idea and advancement vision. Will the topography introduce an opportunity or challenge? Is the site easily accessible? Will it consent to the drafting structure? Through a collective cycle with our group of planners and architects, we can ‘test fit’ development recommendations against the actual boundaries of the site.

  • Vision

A vision of a project is something that should drive the whole strategic planning process. Each incredible project starts with an idea or development vision to arrive at an ideal target. However, the vision should be tried, tested, and calibrated.

  • Market

A reasonable comprehension of the market conditions is basic to appropriately evaluate the investment and operational risks and rewards related to any proposed project.

  • Financial matters

Will the project pile up monetarily? To decide this, we should “run the numbers”. This requires displaying the estimated financial performance of the project, that is the “cash in” (incomes), the “cash-out” (working costs), and the subsequent operating profits versus the development costs expected to understand the vision.

In case there is a silver lining that can be found from the break-in business caused by COVID-19, it is that it has offered all brands a chance to reevaluate how they need to be seen. Hotels with attention on wellbeing and health were a developing pattern before COVID-19. That marking is probably going to turn out to be much more popular now. One envisions another rating framework may even arise that would equitably rate hotels dependent on wellbeing and health rather than the star quality rating that prevails today. We at Russell and Dawson Inc, have great experience in providing Hospitality Design Services which caters to these time of uncertainty.


Top Hotel Construction Trends

According to the year-end U.S. Construction Pipeline Trend Report(Nov 2019) from Lodging Econometrics (LE),  hotel construction market in U.S. has grown up by 6% by projects and 8% by rooms year-over-year (YOY). With the emergence of a new booming economy, the pace of global growth is building momentum in coming years. The fourth quarter earnings reports by established brands Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt all show strong RevPAR and corroborate with the latest hotel construction trends.

New hotel openings in the LE forecast for 2020 stand at 1,112 new hotels/122,702 rooms followed by 1,126 new hotels/130,447 rooms scheduled to open in 2021.

Russell and Dawson recently added construction services to its portfolio of services, here is a video of one of the ongoing A/E/C projects – Construction of Fairfield Inn & Suites at Williamstown, MA and expect few more projects to start in Q1, 2020. As an AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) firm. These are the following hotel construction trends driving the US market.

1. Re-purpose History

Many of the recently developing projects are focused on converting historic properties into grand, five-star landmark hotels. Such trend is a key attraction area for guests to experience the royal historical experience. Moreover, most cities are offering additional incentives for redevelopment and historic tax credits enabling a smart investment for hotel chains.

One of our current project is about converting the building (known as gateway to East Boston for the local community) which was constructed in 1912 as a shoe factory into a hotel which will blend local and historic elements to create a familiar yet distinct hospitality offering for the area.

2. Design Renovation

One of the key strategies to staying competitive in the hotel industry is renovation by transforming existing infrastructure with modern amenities. Last year has recorded the highest number of hotel renovation projects in the U.S. Many leading brands are proactively changing their standards based on guest experience, and implementing design changes to the room layouts, guest bathrooms, and overall hospitality experience.

One of our ongoing project is about renovating and re-branding of Howard Johnson (built in 1969) to Aloft Hotel  – a five-story structure with a new retail use and site improvements such as additional parking space,  groundwater recharge, LED site lighting, energy improvements.

3. Mixed-use Development

Mixed-use development continues to be the trend since past 2 years. Hotel developers and real-estate investment firms are continue to see RFPs from municipalities to develop mixed-use project in their township or municipality. In such kind of projects, need is to combine hotel, retail and restaurants/bars since it benefits local patrons and visiting travelers as it provides a range of options.

Our Hospitality Projects includes renovation of old hotels into an upscale hotel with mixed-use development.

4. Aesthetic Integration – Patterns & Textures

Trend comes from “Showcasing Local”.  Hotels have responded by abiding town/city requirements called out by government officials to maintain town/city’s heritage or look. Fairfield Inn & Suites at Williamstown, MA changed its facade design to brick façade so it looks like a factory rather than a typical chain hotel and maintain Williamstown’s heritage as a town with brick factories and academic buildings. Russell and Dawson is a design-build contractor for this Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel project.