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Ciminelli picked for Marriott renovation Hotel to stay open during $15 million job

LP Ciminelli will oversee a challenging $15 million project: renovating the Buffalo Niagara Marriott without disturbing the guests.

The Buffalo-based contractor was selected by the Procaccianti Group, which bought the property in June, to lead the project. The new owner of the hotel intends to bring the 26-year-old property up to Marriott's current design and brand standards, said Ralph Izzi Jr., a spokesman for the Rhode Island-based Procaccianti Group.

"It is very much a full overhaul," he said.

The hotel, on Millersport Highway near the University at Buffalo's North Campus, will remain open during the project. All of the 356 guest rooms will be renovated, including new mechanical and electrical systems and new finishes. There will be a new lobby and common areas, the indoor and outdoor pool will be refurbished, and a new themed restaurant is planned.

The renovations are just getting started and are scheduled to be completed in November 2008. Future renovation phases will include refurbished conference space.

LP Ciminelli has experience renovating schools and hospitals, and has built a number of hotels over the years. This will be the contractor's first overhaul of an existing hospitality property, said Joseph A. Mannarino, Ciminelli executive vice president.

The project calls for LP Ciminelli to make extensive improvements while the hotel carries out its day-to-day operations. "You've got to have a real good plan," Mannarino said.

The renovations will be focused on interior improvements that will benefit guests. The hotel owner will consider addressing any other needs, such as the exterior, as the renovations move along, Izzi said. He said he did not know what impact the renovations might have on room rates.

LP Ciminelli welcomed the chance to work on a hospitality project in its own back yard, after being involved in a number of hotel-related jobs outside the region, Mannarino said.

The Marriott in 2004 and 2005 underwent improvements to its wall coverings and carpeting.
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