Two world renowned firms have been selected as the design partners. The San Francisco-based Puccini Group is the interior-design partner for the Portola lobby enhancements. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is the designer for the 35,000-square foot entrance plaza and the $60 million conference space. Both the plaza and conference center are being constructed by the City of Monterey, through a long-standing private/public partnership with Portola.
"We've taken cues from the modern aesthetic tone set by the adjacent conference-center renovation, but have also set the hotel apart by creating a resort-like atmosphere and a strong sense of place consistent with Hotel's setting adjacent to Monterey Bay," added Puccini's Chief Creative Officer, Rob Polacek. "The coastal Monterey landscape, wildlife and local artist community had a tremendous influence on our design and materials palette."
These improvements, include cutting-edge energy and water conservation fixtures, reinforcing the Portola's commitment to green practices and its U.S. Building Council's LEED® Certified Status. The Conference Center will also seek LEED Certified Status upon completion. All three projects are scheduled for completion in April, 2017. During the renovation process, Portola will remain open for business.
About Portola Hotel & Spa:
The AAA Four Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa boast 379 guestrooms, 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and is the only LEED® Certified hotel in Monterey, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.portolahotel.com/
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