New Candlewood Suites opens on New York military base

The exterior of the Candlewood Suites on Fort Drum. Photo credit: IHG

Lendlease, a public-private community developer, and IHG Army Hotels opened the new Candlewood Suites hotel on Fort Drum in upstate New York. The hotel was constructed using cross-laminated timber. 

Made of several layers of pressed lumber board stacked in alternating directions, CLT offers builders strength and durability with added sustainability and conservation benefits. The new hotel incorporates CLT for the hotel’s floors, roof, exterior walls, shaft walls and select interior walls. Lendlease currently has five additional hotels in different phases of design and construction, three of which will be constructed using CLT.

“Lendlease embraces and prioritizes innovation and utilizing CLT allows us to execute on our vision to create the best places while providing a sustainable outcome for our Army partner,” Claire Johnston, managing director of Lendlease’s Communities business, said in a statement. “The use of CLT and other integrated methodologies has made it possible to ‘do more with less’ by constructing projects faster, with less labor and safer than conventional materials and methods. We are proud to have successfully delivered two CLT hotels in the United States.”

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The more than 65,000-square-foot structure includes 99 all-suite rooms equipped with full-sized kitchens and large work areas, outdoor space including a BBQ gazebo, a visitors lounge, lobby and breakfast area. The 13-person Lendlease crew utilized more than 1,700 pieces of mass timber and 200,000 pieces of hardware to erect the building. Eight of the crew members who worked on the Fort Drum project were local veterans referred to the project through Fort Drum’s Soldiers for Life program. 

“The Candlewood Suites on Fort Drum is an excellent addition to the IHG Army Hotels portfolio and another great example of the success of privatization. We are very proud to support Fort Drum’s mission and deliver IHG’s signature hospitality and amenities to travelers with the Department of Defense,” Chuck Sourbeer, head of operations, IHG Army Hotels, said in a statement.

Part of the Privatization of Army Lodging Program, Lendlease is the owner, developer, design-builder and asset manager for the Candlewood Suites on Fort Drum, and the exclusive developer for the Department of Defense’s only lodging privatization program. IHG is the hotel operator and manager of IHG Army Hotels, which are located on 40 U.S. Army installations.