Cleveland Construction, Inc. was the construction manager for a new 22-story tower, consisting of a dual-branded hotel with a combined 300 rooms, a rooftop bar, penthouse ”super suite”, and retail lease space, located atop the EpiCentre in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.
The project named the AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte City Center included construction of a 184-room AC Hotel and 116-suite Residence Inn. This post-tension concrete structure was constructed on a 5-story podium above an active lifestyle center in Uptown Charlotte.
Originally, the podium was constructed to support a future 50-story condominium tower. Massive transfer beams were cast above the 8th level that serves as a “foundation in the sky” to support a reconfigured column grid to make the building’s layout more efficient for the dual-branded hotel.
The AC Hotel features 184 rooms on levels 5-12 of the tower, including some rooms with outdoor terraces overlooking Uptown Charlotte and the EpiCentre’s plaza. It also features an AC Lounge and 2,400 square feet of meeting space that opens to the outdoors.
Levels 14-21 of the tower features a Residence Inn with 116 apartment-style rooms with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom suites that include full kitchens. The Residence Inn lobby is located on level 14 and includes guest check-in, dining, food prep area, and administration offices.
Level 22 features an independent rooftop bar and lounge and an adjacent penthouse “super suite” for rent, the penthouse suite boasts two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and generous space for entertaining which opens to the outside creating a balcony with views of the city skyline.
The project also included build-out street-level retail units and the entrances for both hotels within the active EpiCentre lifestyle center.