Rabun Architects | Mixed Use Development Brochure

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C e l e b r a t i n g o v e r 4 5 Ye a r s o f Hospitalit y through Design In 1975, Joe Rabun founded what would become a leading architectural force in the development world. Now, over 45 years later, Rabun Architects has amassed a portfolio of numerous successful hotel, conference, commercial and residential projects.

Throughout our history, hospitality has been the focus of our firm. We define “hospitality” not as an industry segment, but as a way of doing business. In service to our clients, our design team, and our employees, Rabun Architects offers a welcoming environment in which the highest quality design can be produced. The result: over 120 successful projects, a multitude of repeat-clients, and a highly experienced staff ready to take on the next challenge.

We understand the needs of the development world. Our team of architects and designers are adept at providing practical solutions in a tight timeframe. Leveraging the power of BIM and virtual reality, we are able to give clients a realistic view of their project early on in the design process and ensure quality of design is carried all the way to the final product. From intimate renovations to complex mixed-use developments, we provide every client with quality design, rooted in the practical, working knowledge of hotel, conference, residential and commercial spaces.

We are Rabun Architects, and we are proud to serve hospitality through design.

SERVICES Rabun Architects has expertise in a wide variety of building types including hospitality, residential, restaurant, institutional, office and commercial. Our team of architects offers a personal, hands on approach to each and every project. We utilize the latest technologies to provide 3D visualization and Virtual Reality experiences for clients and prospective investors, and produce digital models and documentation to aid in the design and construction process. We provide a full range of services including: •

Master Planning


Concept + Prototype Development

Full Architectural + Basic Services

Construction Administration

SUSTAINABILITY Design industry experts, including Rabun Architects, see strong business benefits in sustainable design, operations, and management. Investments on the front end, particularly by long term owner-operators, pay off in lower operating costs and brand enhancement.

After the 2010 BP oil-spill event, we worked with the State of Alabama on The Lodge at Gulf State Park (pictured right), an environmentally-sensitive project which achieved LEED Gold, SITES Platinum, and FORTIFIED Commercial Certification in 2018.

Our design for the Westin Birmingham in 2013 targeted and achieved LEED Silver Certification, the first hotel in the state of Alabama to do so, setting high marks in the areas of sustainable sites, energy conservation, and indoor environmental quality.

In 2003, The Southern Pines Conference Center at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia became the first LEEDcertified conference center in the country.


Easton Master Plan Easton Town Center is an upscale mixed-use shopping destination located in Columbus, OH. This development provides over 1.7-million square feet of mixed-use space and 4 hotels with a combined 727 rooms. Rabun Architects worked with Olshan Properties and their development partners - Limited Brands, The Georgetown Company, and Steiner + Associates from the very begging of the development master planning in the mid 1990’s. By the project opening in June of 1999, Rabun Architects had provided design services for a 345 key Hilton Hotel with a 39,000 sf conference center, a 126 key Marriott Courtyard, and a 120 key Residence Inn. Rabun designers worked closely with the overall project team to help design an extremely successful project that draws more than 30 million visitors annually.




1 Hilton Columbus at Easton

Hotel | Conference | Retail | Restaurant


Marriott Courtyard at Easton

Hotel | Meeting | Retail | Restaurant


Residence Inn at Easton

Hotel | Conference | Retail | Restaurant

Four Seasons Atlanta

Hotel | Offices | Residential | Restaurant Four Seasons Atlanta makes a bold statement in both architectural and multi-use design, by thoroughly addressing the needs of people who live, work, relax and entertain in an urban environment. The Four Seasons is Atlanta’s first five star hotel. Architecturally, this dignified 53-story mixed-use tower reinterprets neoclassic themes from the 1930’s in a powerful modern presentation. Functionally, it incorporates the services of a deluxe hotel as amenities for office and residential occupancies on other floors. The upper 20 floors of the hotel contain 96 luxury condominiums, including a custom designed three story penthouse.

Lake Blackshear

Legend: 1.

Existing Conference Center and Kitchen


New Restaurant


The Inn—13 Guestrooms on 2 Levels


Front Lawn


North Villas—8 Guestrooms in each Villla on 2 Levels


South Villas—8 Guestrooms in each Villla on 2 Levels


Boat Dock


Proposed Marina


Service and Storage Buildings

Hotel | Conference | Restaurant Lake Blackshear Resort is an addition to an existing 15,000 square foot conference facility on the shore of Lake Blackshear, within Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park. The Rabun Architects commission was for a major expansion, including 77 guestrooms, a fitness center, a 100 seat restaurant, and lakefront site improvements. The restaurant and kitchen expansion adjoins the existing conference center and features a 30 seat lounge overlooking the lake. The hotel functions are housed separately in the Inn, a three-story lodge nearby, and eight luxury Villas. The Inn is connected to the Conference Center by an open arcade, through which arriving guests enjoy their first view of the lake. The guestrooms are generously sized, with high ceilings, and feature separate desks for double-occupancy conference guests. All guestrooms face the lake, and many have private screened porches with lake views.

Lexington City Center

Office | Hotel | Residential | Retail | Restaurant City Center is a mix-used development in the urban core of downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Covering an entire city block, the development includes a Marriott and Residence Inn with shared meeting spaces, along with a 165,000 SF office building, 10,000 SF of retail space, and 700 parking spaces in three levels of underground parking. The nexus of the project is a large, central courtyard, which serves as the main arrival experience for guests of both hotels. Facing the historic fabric of West Main Street, the Residence inn features a façade with traditional brick detailing. The Marriott, which fronts the future Town Branch Commons pedestrian and bike path, carries the city forward with a clean, modern aesthetic.

Hilton & Residence Inn Green Hills

Hotel | Office | Retail | Restaurant Located in the posh Green Hills suburb of Nashville, this unique consists of a fullservice Hilton and a Residence Inn, which share parking and service areas. Notably, the Residence Inn hotel wraps an 8 level parking structure with a singleloaded guestroom corridor. Using traditional design elements, such as cast stone and brick, this project distinguishes itself from its surroundings. Located adjacent to a large shopping center, this project features ground level Retail spaces, which activate the pedestrian way, drawing in potential shoppers. The top level of the Residence Inn building houses 30,000 sf of office space, with expansive views of the surrounding Tennessee landscape.

St. Regis Atlanta

*Guestrooms | Restaurant | Conference Center | Lounge | Fitness Center

Hotel | Conference | Retail | Restaurant Inspired by the premier luxury hotels of the early twentieth century, the St. Regis Hotel and Residences merges European elegance with Southern grace in Atlanta’s second five star hotel. Located in the heart of Buckhead, this refined hotel and condominium project boasts 53 exclusive residences, 150 stately guest rooms, a world class spa, two fine dining establishments, and an opulent ballroom. This project is a component of the larger Buckhead Plaza master plan which includes office and residential towers, numerous restaurants, a pedestrian plaza, and a parking deck. Phase II of the St. Regis Hotel and Residences plans to encompass additional mixed use residential and office towers which surround spacious gardens and park space.

Westin Buckhead

Hotel | Office | Conference | Restaurant Westin Atlanta is a luxury hotel located adjacent to Buckhead’s Lenox Square, a high-end commercial office and retail district. The hotel features 364 guestrooms, indoor pool and health club facilities and a fine dining restaurant with an outdoor dining terrace overlook. Conference and meeting facilities at the Westin total 15,000 square feet, including a 10,000 square foot ballroom. There is 60,000 square feet of Class A office space that is integral to the building and oriented towards Lenox Square. The hotel is serviced by 250 parking spaces in a multi-level garage below grade.

Westin Birmingham

Hotel | Conference | Restaurant | Retail The Westin is part of a master plan to create the Uptown Entertainment District at the existing Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, home to an area, performing arts theaters, signature dining, 220,000 s.f. of meeting space, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. In concert with the city's vision for the entertainment district, the hotel's bold design leaves a lasting impression of luxury, sophistication, and excitement. This property comprises 294 guest rooms, including 7 suites, a beautifully appointed rooftop pool, lobby restaurant, coffee shop, and lease restaurant. All of these spaces were designed with a commitment to memorable, modern style. Hotels and conference centers present unusual challenges in the area of energy and water efficiency. The Rabun-led design team focused sustained attention on these important issues, leading to LEED Silver Certification.

GLG Park Plaza

Hotel | Conference | Office | Retail The GLG Park Plaza was a proposal for a large, mixed-use development, covering about 50 acres total of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. The project’s concept was to have one place where people could live, work, entertain, and shop – with less dependence on transportation. With half a dozen towers of various heights spanning from Seventh to Third Streets, the GLG would have entailed up to 20 million square feet of residences, offices, retail spaces, and hotel spaces surrounding a large park. The most prominent feature would be twin 64-story towers.

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