Winter Construction Mobilizes to Build Hotel in Savannah’s Historic District

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Winter Construction will begin mobilizing this month to build a new seven-story boutique hotel in Savannah, Georgia. The new hotel is being developed by RBHD and owned by Rockbridge, and will span an entire city block in the historic River Street district.

The hotel will have seven stories, 173 rooms, and 162,000 square feet. The demolition of an existing building on the property will make way for the new hotel. The hotel’s layout includes two levels of parking, five levels of guest rooms, a fitness area, meeting space, a pool, a lobby bar, a restaurant on River Street, and a rooftop event space and bar. The architect is Gunn Meyerhoff Shay, and the interior designers are FODA and Parts & Labor.

Winter Construction is not new to building unique hotels in the luxury hospitality market. Winter recently completed a major addition to Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia, and is currently building the AC Hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Winter is also building the Hampton Inn & Suites in Dunwoody, Georgia, the Residence Inn in Dunwoody, and the SpringHill Suites in Orange Beach, Alabama.

“Working with RBHD and Rockbridge has been rewarding,” said Brent Reid, Winter CEO, “because they focus on getting the details right. At Winter we bring that same focus to our work.” Ken Smith, Winter’s Director of Hospitality, said, “We are very pleased to be building this new hotel in the historic district. And we are honored that Rockbridge chose Winter for this exciting project.”

RBHD is a development and construction management company that utilizes nearly sixty years of hotel development experience and deep industry knowledge to identify and mitigate development and construction-related risks on complex hotel projects and manage such projects from conception to completion.

Rockbridge is an investment platform with nearly two decades of experience investing in real estate and operating companies. Rockbridge has made over 200 investments in 38 states and is currently ranked the 14th largest hotel owner and developer in the U.S. Rockbridge has not yet disclosed the name of the new hotel.

The Historic District of Savannah is known for cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks. It is the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States.

The Savannah Historic District Board of Review approved the hotel development.

According to Winter’s Ken Smith, completion of the hotel is planned for October 2017.