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KKAD Wins Design Bid to Renovate Historic Hotel Phillips in 2016


Historic Landmark to Become Modern Lifestyle Hotel in Downtown Kansas City, MO

Chester, NJ (PRWEB) January 26, 2016

Architecture & Design firm, KKAD is excited to announce their winning bid for the renovation and historic preservation of Hotel Phillips located in the heart of the business and entertainment district of downtown Kansas City, MO.

The New Jersey firm was awarded the design bid by Arbor Lodging Partners of Chicago who recently acquired the 217 room landmark hotel.

"KKAD shares our vision for the Hotel Phillips, to make this landmark historic hotel even more attractive to visitors to Kansas City's urban entertainment and business district, with more amenities, upgraded design, and an experience that seamlessly connects the hotel and its city," observed Vamsi Bonthala, CEO of Arbor Lodging Partners.

KKAD's team of architects and designers will lend their signature style of "comfortable luxury" to transform the iconic space and reflect the modern guest experience by upgrading lifestyle amenities while preserving the hotel's history and honoring the famous art-deco details of its celebrated past.

"This is such an exciting time to be working on a project like this. Not only do we have the task of reinventing a historic landmark for the 21st century guest but we also get to work in a city that is beginning to attract national attention as a destination," says Kraig Kalashian, Principal, KKAD.

"Our concept for historic preservation involves returning to the hotel's classic details and creating spaces more indicative of the original building. This approach allows us to program new elements which will attract both the local community as well as the out of town visitor. The goal is to create something exceptional for both for the city, and for the hotel guest. If you spend any time in Kansas City, you will definitely come to know that it's a place with a lot of local pride and we will tap into that as part of our work."

Sheenal Patel, principal of Arbor Lodging Partners and CEO of NVN Hotels, the firm's hotel management affiliate, added, "We are inspired by the hotel designs Kraig Kalashian and his team have brought to life in other destinations across the country, and we're excited to bring this notable design team to Kansas City." The initial stages of visioning, inspiration boards, and renderings are underway with final drawings to be completed in February 2016.

Transformation highlights will include an update of the iconic Lobby, Restaurant, Meeting Spaces, and Guestrooms. The project will also include the creation of new food and beverage outlets including a Coffee Shop at the street level and a Cocktail Lounge in the lowest level of the hotel.

The hotel will remain open as construction begins in April and through the completion in November 2016. Renovation work will start at the top and work its way down through the guest rooms. Upon renovation, the hotel will join Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a global set of remarkable upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for their distinctive character and personality, appealing to passionate travelers seeking local discovery.

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About KKAD
KKAD was founded in 2009 by principal architect Kraig Kalashian, whose early career was launched at such notable firms as Brennan Beer Gorman Monk, the Trump Organization, and Gensler. With a select team of architects and designers, KKAD has steadily developed a portfolio of smart and innovative hospitality projects that range from restaurants and bars to hotels, spas, and modern homes. Most recently, their acclaimed work on the historic Queen + Crescent Hotel in New Orleans has shined a spotlight on the firm's signature style.

While working in the Hospitality Industry, Kraig saw the holistic relationship between architectural spaces and the details of interior design. Part structure, part story, this collaborative approach shaped the foundation for KKAD to create the memorable spaces and experiential environments that have been admired and published in Hospitality Design, Boutique Design and Aspire Magazines, as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Atomic Ranch, and Houzz.

Kraig's reverence for the craft culture has also led him to pursue multiple disciplines in addition to Architecture. These passions include carpentry, masonry, stained glass craftsmanship, photography, art, and music, writing and graphic design. Kraig is LEED Accredited and NCARB certified. Kraig has also received multiple awards including the Gold Key nomination for his work at the Westin Governor Morris in 2004. KKAD is located in Chester, NJ.
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About Arbor Lodging Partners and NVN Hotels
Arbor Lodging Partners is a Chicago-based national owner and operator of hotels. The company was founded in 2005 with the goal of uniting the best practices of enterprising hotel operators and sophisticated institutional investors to effectively underwrite and execute investments in the lodging space. Arbor Lodging Partners makes investments in hotels, acquires loans secured by hotels, and, through its affiliate NVN Hotels, manage operations for its own hotels and those owned by third-parties. To learn more about Arbor Lodging Partners visit To learn more about NVN Hotels, visit

About Hotel Phillips
Hotel Phillips is Kansas City's most historic and prestigious boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown. Hotel Phillips opened its doors in 1931 and today remains committed to unparalleled guest services and amenities to complement the hotel's distinctive Great Gatsby art deco style. Featuring a beautiful and elegant lobby, spacious guest rooms and an award-winning restaurant, Hotel Phillips is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized in Southern Living, USA Today, Food & Wine and The Wall Street Journal. Make your reservations today by calling 816-221-7000 or visit     For more information, follow the Hotel Phillips on Facebook and Twitter.

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