Alticor Hotel Moving Forward


    GRAND RAPIDS — Digging the foundation for the new 24-story Alticor Inc. hotel will get underway around Labor Day, while a construction kickoff that is expected to feature a number of local dignitaries will be held by early October.

    “Right now we’re planning it for late September or early October and the date is based on the availability of Mr. (Richard) DeVos and Steve Van Andel,” said Bert Crandell, who is managing the project for Alticor’s HP3 LLC, of the official kickoff event.

    “We haven’t set a date for announcing it. We have an internal target date. But we’re comfortable with late September or early October,” he added.

    The 340-room hotel and accompanying parking ramp that will accommodate 700 cars are going up along

    Campau Avenue NW

    just south of

    Pearl Street

    and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Marriott will operate the new hotel, which is expected to open in two years. The cost of the project now tops $100 million, up from an initial estimate of $70 million, largely due to the addition of the parking ramp.

    Major street work along Pearl has been completed. The sidewalks on the south side of the street are temporary, though, as a snowmelt system will be installed when the permanent walks are built.

    Crandell said HP3 was in the process of coordinating its construction schedule with the building plans of its neighbors. The ForslundBuilding, just west of the hotel site on Pearl, is making improvements to its parking deck and the RiverfrontPlazaBuilding, south of the hotel site on Campau, is being expanded.

    The foundation for the hotel will be dug before the one for the ramp. The parking facility won’t take as long to build as the hotel will, and both will be ready at the same time.

    “We’re getting all the plans laid out and we’re taking bids on all the major components like excavation, concrete, foundations and glass,” said Crandell.

    A helistop will be built on top of the hotel. The Federal Aviation Administration had no objections to it and the city approved it.

    Lohan Caprile Goettsch of Chicago designed the project. Pepper Construction Co., also of Chicago, and Rockford Construction of Belmont and Grand Rapids are managing the building of the hotel and the parking ramp.    

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