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Renovated Marcum Center provides modern feel with old-world charm

09/20/2012

A newly renovated King Suite at Marcum Hotel & Conference Center
A newly renovated King Suite at Marcum Hotel & Conference Center
Visitors to the newly renovated Marcum Hotel & Conference Center would never guess that the extensions of the east and west wings were new. The new brick on the outside looks identical to the old. Inside however, new is everywhere. The Miami community can see the new spaces between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, during an open house.

The yearlong project added 22 new rooms, renovated 40 existing rooms and created new spaces throughout the hotel. The project was initiated when the Miami Inn was taken offline as a hotel to become a new residence hall for students. In addition, Marcum had not been updated since 1981 except for minor touch ups, said Amy Poppel, director of conferences.

Thirty-one years later, physical facilities planners and Marcum staff worked to create a more efficient, sustainable structure that maintains its historical architectural look, but embraces modern expectations of clients.

Care was taken in redesigning some of the main spaces. An outdated, tiered, computer lab became a one-level room that provides more flexibility with seating arrangements. The consolidation of operations to one building also has increased the level of efficiency in operations.

Geothermal technology is used in the new addition for heating and cooling; arched windows were replaced with more energy-efficient models; and water fountains were replaced with more efficient models with reusable bottle fillers. In addition, Marcum’s parking lot is the first location on campus to provide an electrical charging station for hybrid-powered cars.

For the hotel rooms, “patrons expect high-end finishes and furniture, but with a casual flare. A lot of people today are looking for the very formal feel with the traditional style, but they also want their spaces to be more welcoming and warmer,” said Poppel. “The center is very colonial in its architecture and we didn’t want to lose that.”

Elaine Brandner, interior designer for Miami, pulled the whole look together. The rooms have a sleek, modern feel, and include numerous amenities. The soft color scheme of taupes, blues and greens solicit a relaxing, almost spa-like mood, she explained.

Although the hotel remained open during construction creating much noise and dirt, Poppel said guests did not complain.

“They couldn’t wait to come back to see it completed.”

Tours, refreshments and door prizes will be provided during Monday’s daylong open house.

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