First Hospitality Group's renovations on its latest adaptive reuse project — the conversion of the former Federal Building in Omaha, Nebraska, into a Residence Inn by Marriott — are progressing as scheduled and will retain many of the building’s historic and original characteristics and building materials.
The hotel will be designed by Alley Poyner Macchietto, constructed by Nelson Construction and managed by First Hospitality Group.
The $23-million transformation of the Omaha Federal Building began in April 2012 and is scheduled for completion during summer 2013. In addition to offering 152 rooms, the building will have a 1,000-square-foot penthouse on the 12th floor with views of Omaha and nearly 2,000 square feet of meeting space. The project will preserve and utilize all of the building’s original marble, terrazzo tile, wooden railings and brass fixtures. Old items found in the building, such as the original 1934 FBI Most Wanted poster, will also be preserved and displayed when the hotel opens.
Construction on the Omaha Federal Building began in 1932 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression. Designed by Thomas Rogers Kimball, an Omaha and Midwest architect, the building was assembled utilizing all American-made materials, including wood, marble and tile. The building is considered the first “modern classic” Art Deco design in federal government buildings and serviced several federal branches after opening its doors in 1934, including the District Court, IRS, FBI, Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Omaha Federal Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
The conversion of the Omaha Federal Building into a Residence Inn by Marriott is the latest in a series of adaptive reuse projects by First Hospitality Group Inc. aimed at maximizing the potential of historic properties. Previous projects include the Fairfield Inn and Suites in downtown Omaha, the Hyatt Place hotel in the historic Liberty Building in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, and the Loyalty Building in downtown Milwaukee, Wis., to a 128-room Hilton Garden Inn.
First Hospitality Group is a national hospitality management and development company. FHG has successfully developed, marketed and managed over 16 brands and 50 properties throughout the Midwest.