Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Project Location

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Architect

Design Continuum

Product

WD65

Case Study: Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Looking to regain the sparkle and glamour needed to compete with newer Fort Lauderdale hotels and resorts, the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation. The 50-year-old modern classic hotel, situated on Florida’s Intercoastal Waterway and featuring dazzling views against a lush tropical backdrop, was a property in need of a bold design firm to help burnish its midcentury luster.

 

Creating Flexible Interior Divisions

Design Continuum of Atlanta was the firm selected to make it happen. Along with the owners, they determined that one critical area of the renovation was the restaurant. The design team felt it was important to both divide the restaurant from other public areas within the first floor and yet also have the option of dividing the restaurant up to accommodate varying numbers of patrons throughout the day. Installing simple, one-size-fits-all sliding doors was not an option.

The president of Design Continuum, Woody Faust, explains how the solution arose: “We selected a wood folding wall system – the NanaWall WD65 which proved to be an ideal choice for the Hyatt renovation,” he says. The glass walls allow the restaurant to divide the space to accommodate as many people as needed, according to the hotel’s Tamas Vago, the food and beverage manager.

“We didn’t go to any other manufacturers, as we had confidence in the NanaWall product quality."

The WD65 is a top-hung system that features monumentally sized, paired panels made of cross-grained, solid wood. The openings can range from two panels to as many as twelve  (with each panel being up to 43” wide) with both inward and outward opening panels, which allow maximum design flexibility.

There was only slight consideration given to other types of operable doors and other manufacturers. “We didn’t go to any other manufacturers, as we had confidence in the NanaWall product quality,” Faust explains.

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