San Francisco-based Warren Sheets Interior Design Inc. (WSD) – a full-service interior design and interior architectural firm – was tapped by Manchester Financial Group to spearhead all interior design for the $370 million Fairmont Austin, a 1,066-room, 37-story, 1.4 million-square-foot high-rise convention hotel in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. The property is slated to be completed in June 2017.
According to WSD president and founder Warren Sheets, the firm will infuse a “vibrant transitional design style” into Austin’s new landmark. The design will intend to convey the city’s "dynamic appeal with a transitional style, vivid colors, theatrical-style lighting and contemporary art by local artists.”
Another core part of the design scheme is its park-like setting. WSD is working with the Austin-based landscape architects dwg. to bring elements of the outdoors inside.
Sheets and his team will lend their expertise to all public spaces, corridors, guestrooms and meeting areas, including ballrooms and will also consult and review all visual aspects of the hotel, including landscaping and exterior finishes. With 106,000 square feet of meeting space, a 19,000-square-foot outdoor deck and four levels of parking totaling nearly 1.4 million square feet, the new high rise will have a sky bridge that spans the highway, making it the first to have direct access to the Austin Convention Center. At 595 feet high, the hotel will be the second tallest building in Austin, and the second largest hotel in Fairmont's collection. It is also expected to be Austin's largest hotel.
WSD is a core part of the design/build team, along with dwg. and architectural firm Gensler’s Austin office, which will incorporate sustainable elements, such as an energy-efficient exterior “skin.” Hunt Construction Group, an Aecom Company, will build the hotel.
WSD has worked on numerous projects with the hotel’s developer “Papa” Doug Manchester of Manchester Financial Group, including the Five-Star, Five Diamond The Grand Del Mar and the Manchester Grand Hyatt, both in San Diego.
WSD was founded 30 years ago by Warren Sheets, who was joined in 1991 by Sharon Regan. The firm, now headquartered in San Francisco, completed architectural exteriors and in interior design for an array of high profile projects, including The Grand Del Mar, a luxury resort north of San Diego.