USA Today: New York Marriott Marquis06 June 2012
Renovating one of New York's biggest hotels can be tricky
NEW YORK - As one of the hotel industry's most important conferences gets underway at the New York Marriott Marquis today, I thought it would be a good time to bring you the back story on the hotel's nearly completed, $39 million renovation - from a real insider.
So I invited Deborah Forrest, co-founder of architecture design firm ForrestPerkins, to guest blog today. Her firm ran the project, which updated the hotel's nearly 2,000 guest rooms, the ballroom and the hotel's social hub on the eighth floor.
2,500-pound chandeliers too big for elevators
The eight, 2,500-pound chandeliers in the two-story Broadway Ballroom presented a huge challenge.
They were custom-designed by interior designer Toby Bishop, who also was the ForrestPerkins' associate who stayed onsite, in collaboration with Alfred Borden of The Lighting Practice, who was responsible for the interface with the dimming system and light controls. The magnificent light fixtures were manufactured in Los Angeles, then shipped to New York and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle.
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