Looney & Associates, Gensler lead The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center expansion

The Howard Hughes Corporation announced that The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in the Houston region completed a $75 million expansion and renovation. Looney & Associates and Gensler led the upgrade.

The renovation and expansion re-imagined virtually every aspect of the property, including: the replacement of 206 lodge-style rooms with Fairway Pines III, a new wing of 184 guest rooms and suites; renovation of 222 existing guest rooms and suites in the Fairway Pines I and II guest wings; new 3,036 square-foot "Living Room" connecting the three guest rooms wings, ideal for informal gatherings; and expanded arrival experience with porte-cochere and new lobby featuring native Texas stone and three-story windows.

There is now also a new lazy river winding 1,005 feet through the surrounding forest, highlighting the Forest Oasis Waterscape; a fully revitalized 60,000 square feet of meeting and event facilities, including the ballroom, boardrooms, breakout space, lobby and pre-function areas; and a new 156-seat high-end steak house restaurant and lounge - Robard's - adjacent to the 18th hole with a private wine vault and outdoor patio.

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New technology was similarly introduced into the resort, including the upgrade of all of the wireless connectivity and providing free Wi-Fi in its guest rooms. Additionally, the property now has the ability to provide bandwidth speeds up to 1Gbps for meetings upon request. In the conference space, new fiber and CAT6 cabling was also installed to accommodate higher speeds for meetings and events.

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