Delaware North Companies making $1.8 million in updates and improvements to historic Saratoga Springs inn and spa.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 5, 2009) – Delaware North Companies has begun a $1.8 million renovation of the historic Gideon Putnam Resort, including the Roosevelt Baths & Spa, at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs.

The renovations are part of a planned 20-year, $18 million investment program that will include improvements to the hotel’s guest accommodations, lobby, corridors and dining room, as well as the storied mineral baths and spa.

Delaware North Companies’ parks and resorts subsidiary manages the property on behalf of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

“The hotel was constructed in the 1930s and is now included as a member of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The historic significance and the importance of creating the ultimate guest experience were both carefully considered in the renovation plan,” said Tim Smith, general manager of Gideon Putnam Resort.

Delaware North has partnered on the project with Buffalo-based architectural firm Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects (HHL), interior designers Roche & Co. and M/E Engineers. The first phase of renovations and improvements to Gideon Putnam is expected to be completed by mid-April.

“All renovation stages will be completed with minimal disruption to guests and visitors at the resort,” Smith said.

The lobby will be enhanced with the restoration of marble floors, the addition of sophisticated color themes, new custom period rugs and plush, comfortable furniture. The gift shop will be moved back to its original location in the lobby, and south-facing glass French doors will be restored.

“The concept behind the lobby renovation is to make this active space welcoming and comfortable so guests can gather to relax and chat or simply utilize it as a meeting space for large groups,” said Matthew Meier, the partner at HHL Architects in charge of the project.

In addition, to highlight the importance of the performing arts, mineral springs, historic park and other treasures that tell the Gideon Putnam and Saratoga Springs story, a series of carved panels will be installed in a prominent location seen from the lobby.

In addition to structural changes, guests will be greeted with luxurious new bed linens and blankets in all 120 rooms, Smith said. The historic Georgian Dining room will also be upgraded with the addition of a new walnut bar, creating a more relaxed “lobby bar” setting for diners.

As part of the project, the Roosevelt Baths & Spa at Gideon Putnam will be refreshed and renovated to provide a modern spa experience for guests while also staying true to its storied past as protector of the historic mineral springs located there.

The spa’s entrance will be refreshed with the addition of large plants, bright colors and natural lighting to create a calm, greenhouse-like space. A transition “relaxation” room will be added as a place for guests to wait for treatments, relax following a treatment, or wait for other guests throughout the day. Meier said the feel for the transition room will be supplied by a fireplace, lounge chairs and central waterfall.

“All of this is grown directly out of the healing and rejuvenating powers of the water that have so long been the central focus at the Roosevelt Baths,” said Meier.  “The waterfall will bring the expression of water and fluidity to the room to enhance the guest experience.”

Delaware North’s long-term commitment will include multiple building repair and system upgrade phases, including new and restored windows, that will be historically appropriate and eco-friendly, Smith said.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.  For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company’s portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds; Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; The Balsams Grand Resort; and The Gideon Putnam Resort.  To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ expertise in the hospitality industry, visit www.experiencednc.com.

About HHL Architects
Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, LLC (HHL), originally established in 1969, is a professional services limited liability company for the practice of architecture. Ted Lownie, Matt Meier, Ken Riter, Jerry Strickland and Chris Guerra continue to lead HHL Architects using the basic principles established 40 years ago of striving to create quality architecture and a better built environment. Delaware North Companies has partnered with HHL Architects on many projects, including the construction of its corporate world headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. Top of the Falls restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY, multiple food and beverage venues at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena, as well as several design concepts for concessions and restaurants in all areas of Delaware North’s operations. HHL Architects is also known for its nearly two-decade-long restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex in Buffalo, NY, the design of the Erie Community College Burt P. Flickinger Athletic Center, and restoration and renovation of the Saarinen-designed Kleinhan’s Music Hall in Buffalo.

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