"This feature costs more but we thought it was worth it because it is more efficient," he said. "There are many 'green' features. The new windows are efficient and the new skin we will put on the building exterior is extremely efficient."
Hillenbrandt pointed out that instead of providing guests with small packets of soap, shampoo and hair conditioner, the bathroom is equipped with dispensers. "That way there's no waste and there aren't lots of plastic wrappers," she said.
McClanahan pointed out that 23 of the hotel's refurbished rooms will be suites that feature a living room in addition to a sleeping area.
One change past visitors to the hotel will surely notice when the remodeling is complete: The large meeting room on the first floor, just past the lobby, will be divided in two, with an open space in between. Guests who enter the front door will be able to see all of the way back to the ballroom.
Hillenbrandt said the ballroom is being remodeled with moveable walls so the hotel will be able to comfortably accommodate groups as small as 25 people and as large as 350.
Wireless Internet access is already available throughout the building. Renovated rooms will have easily accessible power outlets.
Completion of the hotel renovation is expected in October. When it is finished, the company will turn its attention to the 11th and 12th floors, where the condominiums will be built, Hillenbrandt said.
No deadline has yet been set for completion of the condos, and no price range has been established. A total of eight condos will be built - four on each floor, she said. How each is configured will depend on market demand.
All condos will have sweeping views of the river on one side and the city on the other. Hillenbrandt said the condos on the 12th floor will command higher prices because they will have higher ceilings and balconies.
BBL Hospitality is compiling a waiting list of potential buyers.
Everything in the building is being re-worked, including the retail spaces. Hillenbrandt said the company hopes to attract retailers that will be of benefit to the hotel's guests, the condo owners and the neighborhood.
The Recovery Sports Grill was BBL Hospitality's 10th. The company now has 11. The Four Points by Sheraton is BBL Hospitality's 14th hotel.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@daily mail.com or 304-348-4836.