Willard InterContinental Hotel

The Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue
Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Client: 
Willard Associates
Architect: 
ForrestPerkins
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Contract Value: 
$5,000,000
Size: 
235,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2000

The renovation of the historic Willard Intercontinental Hotel involved selective demolition and the complete refurbishment of the existing hotel known as the “Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue.” During the construction period, the hotel remained operational.

The Willard Intercontinental Hotel is a world renowned luxury hotel. Its existing building first opened in 1901, and the structure was built with construction techniques prevalent at the turn of the century. This created unique demolition challenges and required significant engineering research to determine the safest and most effective removal techniques. Clark self-performed all foundations, concrete, masonry, general carpentry, and general services work.

Inside, Clark refurbished 303 guest rooms and 33 suites on 11 floors, which encompassed nearly a mile of public corridor space and 235,000 square-feet of guest rooms. The renovation was divided into four phases and took six months to complete. Existing finishes were eliminated and a new telecommunications infrastructure system was installed in each guest room. Electrical upgrades, wall covering installations, and new architectural millwood improvements required 165 tons of Italian marble, 47 miles of fiber optic cable, 42,000 linear feet of crown and picture moldings, 5,000 gallons of paint in 72 colors and 30,000 square yards of wall coverings in 42 patterns. 

This landmark hotel also was renovated by Clark in 1986.

Awards: 
AGC - Build America Award, Restoration
Building Design & Construction Magazine - Reconstruction Award
John McArthur Award - Preservation Techniques
Urban Land Institute - Rehabilitation Award
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Electrical
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Miscellaneous Metals
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Mosaic Marble
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Ornamental Plaster
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Finishes/Painting & Wallcovering (Star Award Nominee)
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Scaffolding System
WBC Craftsmanship Award - Unit Masonry