Ciceroʼs Development Corporation completed a multi-million dollar renovation of more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space in the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Oak Brook, Ill. The renovation in the seven-story, 427-room hotel applied Cicero's $ensible Green sustainability strategies to reduce operating costs and minimize environmental impact.
Cicero's $ensible Green program is a component of the company's Renovationomix system of project planning and execution that help it complete hotel renovations. Using Renovationomix, Cicero's began the Doubletree project in June 2014 and finished in an accelerated schedule of five weeks.
As part of the renovation project, the Doubletree's Grand Ballroom received a fresh new look and feel for various events. Working with architect Anderson Miller and lighting designer Victoria Ellis of Ellis Consulting, Cicero's changed 469 incandescent down lights with 407 LED fixtures, plus installed lighting controls for a dimming system. Cicero's also removed more than 100 fluorescent ceiling fixtures and replaced them with 15 hybrid LED chandeliers imported from the Czech Republic. These changes are expected to save the hotel up to 75 percent in lighting system electricity usage.
Fresh carpet designs and wall-coverings completed the updating. Now complete, the business/social space can be configured as a single 7,500-square-foot banquet hall or divided into six smaller areas.
Cicero's also converted the older of the hotel's two on-site restaurants into a meeting facility ideal for hosting intimate to midsize events. The former "Wine Den" bar and restaurant was gutted and new ceilings, lighting, wall finishes and trim were installed. A section of exterior windows was removed and glass doors were mounted to provide access to a 1,500-square-foot Trex outdoor deck made from 95 percent recycled materials.
In addition, 15 lower level meeting rooms were upgraded by Cicero's with new amenities.
Cicero's sent demolished materials and unused raw materials to a recycling center rather than the landfill.
Located in Oak Brook close to O'Hare airport and adjacent to shopping and entertainment areas of Oak Brook, the Doubletree by Hilton is a conference center hotel designed for both business and leisure travelers. Fillmore Hospitality owns and operates the hotel.