Rabun Architects | Renovations and Additions 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, and institutional 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, and institutional spaces.

We a r e R a b u n A r c h i t e c t s , and we are proud to ser ve hospitalit y through design.

OUR PERSPECTIVE We are developer driven. We have developed a process to create a buildable layout in a minimal timeframe. From site plan to sellable renderings, Rabun maintains the momentum to keep projects moving forward.

We embrace emerging technology. For the past decade, we have fully integrated 3D BIM technology into all of our work. This allows us to provide clients with a live view of their project from conception through construction.

We are grounded in experience. Our biggest assts are our people and the experience they bring with them. With every project, Rabun brings a dedicated team, grounded in their experience in hospitality and residential design.

We deliver successful projects. We believe a successful project is one that operates well. With even the most challenging of sites, Rabun is able to deliver a layout that performs at an optimal level and is aesthetically pleasing.


Rabun Architects has over 45 years of experience working with all major hospitality brands in the luxury, full-service, selected-service, and limited service classes. Our extensive connections with brands allows Rabun projects to be designed with the latest brand standards in mind, expediting the approvals process.


Rabun Architects has amassed a catalog of over 120 successful hospitality, conference, and institutional commissions. Our expertise in hospitality design influences all that we do, leaving clients, guests, and residents alike with a welcome feeling that permeates every project.

St. Regis Maisonette Room Atlanta, Georgia 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 redefined 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.

Boston Harbor Hotel Boston, Massachusetts Originally built in 1987, Boston Harbor Hotel is an enchanting and iconic hotel connecting the Boston Harbor to the Boston cityscape. Rabun Architects converted the public observation rotunda and function space into numerous guestrooms. It included a presidential Suite with two connecting guestrooms, a theatre room, full bar, 6-fixture bath, grand skylight above the living area, direct elevator service to and from the suite, and an addition of three other suites.

Fair Oaks Marriott Fairfax, Virginia Rabun Architects transformed this 310 Key property, originally constructed as Holiday Inn in the 1980s, into the current full-service Marriott Hotel. This brand conversion, renovation, and addition included a complete exterior and interior redesign, along with a new indoor swimming pool. In conjunction with the pool addition, the fitness center was expanded to provide a full complement of exercise equipment. Key Marriott program elements, including the M Club Lounge, were also added to meet brand standards. The lobby, meeting spaces, atrium, and restaurant were all reimagined to provide the current contemporary design.

Washington Duke Inn Duke University, Durham, North Carolina The Washington Duke Inn functions as the living room of Duke University, a social gathering point for friends, faculty, and alumni. The renovations and additions maintained the architectural integrity of the original design (also created by Rabun Architects). The additions include a low rise wing of conference space, a new 7,600 square foot ballroom, and appropriate support and back-of-house facilities. The guestroom additions include 101 guestrooms in two new five story wings.

Marco Island Hilton Marco Island, Florida The Spa at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort is a full-service spa adjacent to the hotel guest tower. This Rabun Architects’ renovation and addition completely redeveloped an existing 3,600 sf spa and fitness facility. The Spa features a large reception and retail area that leads to separate women’s and men’s relaxation lounges with steam rooms and saunas. A total of 10 treatment rooms, with a dedicated couples treatment room and a hydro-therapy treatment room, are provided in addition to a salon with hair, manicure, and pedicure stations. The Spa also includes a secluded outdoor garden area with a spa water feature surrounded by a trellis structure. Along with the Spa amenities, a fully equipped exercise studio and kid’s multipurpose room is provided adjacent to the resort tennis facility.

Buckhead Marriott Atlanta, Georgia Previously a Sheraton property, the conversion of this hotel to the Buckhead Marriott Conference Center focused on the addition and renovation of conference space, along with refreshed rooms and exterior additions to the guest tower. The large, iconic canopy creates visual movement along the façade, and integration of lighting makes this standout feature at night. The renovation included the 340 room renovated hotel, along with 30,000 s.f. of conference space. This major renovation and expansion of the exiting property made it Buckhead’s first IACC-approved Conference Center.

UAB Hilton Birmingham, Alabama Located adjacent to the University of Alabama Birmingham medical facilities, this full service Hilton Hotel was a conversion / renovation of a Doubletree Hotel. The interior renovation scope included the Lobby, Lobby Lounge, Honor’s Lounge, Meeting Space, Business Center, Guest Corridors, and Guestrooms. In addition, the lower level bar area was converted into a new Buffet, Dining Room, Coffee Bar, and Grab-N-Go. The exterior renovation scope included a refresh of the Building Façade Colors, Porte Cochere, and Exterior Pool.

Easton Marriott Courtyard Columbus, Ohio This 6-story, 126 guestroom Courtyard by Marriott is situated on-axis with the Hilton Columbus at Easton. Both Rabun designed hotels are key elements with-in the master-planned Easton Towne Center. The renovation scope of the Courtyard included a complete Lobby redesign and implementation of the Marriott F&B concept. In addition, exterior spaces were upgraded with new landscape areas, seating , and a firepit for yearround enjoyment.

Burlington Marriott Burlington, Massachusetts The Boston Marriott Burlington renovation project was an aesthetic redesign that elevated the amenities and public areas. Rabun Architects design scope included the Great Room, Lobby Lounge, Bar, Restaurant, Boardroom, Business Center, Restrooms, Indoor Pool, and Porte Cochere. In addition, a new M-Club and fitness center were provided.

Manchester Doubletree Manchester, New Hampshire Located on Elm Street in downtown Manchester, the Doubletree by Hilton is in the perfect location among shops, restaurants, arenas, and the airport. Rabun Architects renovated and redesigned the lobby space, the bar area, the lounge area, new Honor’s lounge, connectivity zone, dining space, pre-function space, meetings spaces, administration office, and various ADA corrective improvements to restrooms. The total event space is now 58,317 square feet. The largest room set up is 29,100 square feet, with 16 meeting rooms.


Mr. Robert G. Schaedle III

Mr. Stephen Franklin

President & Managing Partner

Vice President/Division Manager

Chartwell Hospitality

Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC





Mr. Michael R. Bennett

Mr. Diego Ardid

Owner & Founder


Bennett Hospitality

Key International





Mr. Jay Jacob

Mr. Tad Snider

Managing Broker

Executive Director & CEO

Tavistock Buckhead Realty, LLC

Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Authority





Mr. James Williams

Mr. Tye Warren

Project Manager


Crain Construction, Inc.

City Camper





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