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Balfour Beatty Breaks Ground on Alfond Inn Hotel Expansion
August 16, 2021
WINTER PARK, FL –
Balfour Beatty has broken ground on the much-anticipated Alfond Inn at Rollins expansion and renovation project on behalf of Rollins College. The project will address the increasing need for social venues in the historic Winter Park area, further building on the award-winning Alfond Inn, which is a centerpiece of the community and an optimal space for socializing, local events, meetings and weddings.
As construction manager, Balfour Beatty will build a new five-story, 81,000-square-foot addition next to the existing luxury hotel, including 71 new guest rooms, a new spa with an amenity deck and second swimming pool, and an additional 2,400 square feet of meeting, boardroom and event space. The renovation will also modernize 112 existing guestrooms and luxury suites and add a new communal café in the lobby. The design for the new wing uses natural light and a four-story atrium to provide continuity and a seamless transition from the existing space to the new areas.
Balfour Beatty will leverage the latest technologies and lean construction methods to deliver the $30 million expansion and renovation while the Alfond Inn is open and operating. The team will use collaborative construction management software to unify and streamline access to project information; Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to coordinate project details and sequence the work; and pull planning to maximize value and minimize waste. Special attention is being given to detailed site logistics planning and construction phasing; traffic, noise and dust mitigation; and safety measures to keep the public, team, and hotel guests, visitors and staff safe on the active job site.
The boutique hotel is owned and operated by Rollins College, which directs net operating income to The Alfond Scholars Program. Since 2013, the hotel has funded millions of dollars in scholarships to Rollins’ students and the expansion will extend the hotel’s capacity to do so in the future. In addition, the AAA four-diamond hotel is home to the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, which displays art from the Rollins Museum of Art throughout the hotel. The expansion project will provide new public spaces where additional artwork will be displayed.
“Balfour Beatty is honored to work with Rollins College on the delivery of The Alfond Inn’s addition and renovation,” said John Harris, Balfour Beatty’s business unit leader in Florida. “With our long-tenured presence in the Central Florida market, we understand the significance of this local landmark and look forward to working with our partners on a successful project delivery for the College and our overall community.”
The project, scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2023, is being managed by Olympia Development and designed by Barker Barrios Architects.
The Alfond Inn at Rollins is located 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport, at 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. For more information visit