Stunning Second Acts: Hospitality Panel Talks Adaptive Reuse

Why do historic buildings and other unexpected structures make such great settings for hotels and restaurants? Join Hall-of-Fame interior designer Nancy Ruddy with an all-star panel to discuss these ‚ÄúStunning Second Acts‚ÄĚ in New York at¬†2:30pm¬†on¬†Monday, November 13th.

Ruddy, whose design debuted last month for Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill in the historic Empire Stores building, a Civil War-era landmark in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, will lead the afternoon panel at the annual Boutique Design New York trade fair, known as BDNY, held at Javits Convention Center.

The CetraRuddy cofounder has assembled a savvy group of hospitality leaders including Michael Overington, president of Ian Schrager Co.; Mark Gordon of Instrinsic Hotel Capital; and Houston-based architect and interior designer Lauren Rottet, FAIA. Rounding out the panel is building codes expert Frank Fortino.

The group will discuss why adaptive reuse is a growing trend for hospitality projects and often highly attractive to owner/operators. They will also tackle a few of the thornier issues such as zoning and codes challenges, methods for boosting market appeal, and bottom-line challenges.


‚ÄúStunning Second Acts: Adaptive Reuse‚Ä̬†‚ÄĒ¬†a panel dicussion at Boutique Design New York

WHO: Nancy Ruddy and invited panel

WHAT: Expert panel

WHEN: Monday, November 13th, 2:30 – 3:30pm

WHERE: BDNY Trade Fair, Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City Conference Room 1E15

Adaptive reuse for hospitality projects is a growing trend among owners, operators, and their design teams. From regulatory questions to boosting market appeal and the bottom line, key players discuss best practices and the issues architects and designers need to understand to help clients succeed.

CEU credits available for this program for both IDCEC and AIA registrants.

Attendees will hear how building codes and health codes impact hospitality properties in the context of adaptive reuse projects. Development incentives and tax credits available through public agencies for a given original building type are described, with representative adaptive reuse projects showing how historic preservation requirements and permitting issues affect the conversion to hospitality uses such as hotels and restaurants. Other  topics discussed include design goals and budget limitations, brand and program elements, materials and construction methods, as well as owner operational goals.

Nancy Ruddy, co-founder, CetraRuddy

Frank Fortino, chief operating officer, Metropolis Group, Inc.
Lauren Rottet, founding principal and president, Rottet Studio
Mark Gordon, managing principal, Instrinsic Hotel Capital
Michael Overington, vice chairman and president, Ian Schrager Co.

About Nancy Ruddy

Nancy Ruddy

The accomplished hospitality designer and industry leader Nancy Ruddy has designed hotels, restaurants and other¬†hospitality projects on three continents. Winner of numerous hospitality design awards and related honors, Ruddy has been¬†invited to speak at national and global forums on hospitality trends and best practices. In 2015,¬†Ruddy was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.¬†Ruddy cofounded the New York-based firm CetraRuddy in 1987 with her husband and partner John Cetra on the principle¬†that “architecture and design should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit.” Ruddy has led CetraRuddy in¬†the successful completion of complex projects for hospitality and other commercial and institutional clients, including the¬†program development and strategic planning for over 20.5 million square feet of projects. Her work often addresses the theme of ‚Äúhome,‚ÄĚ whether¬†designing a residence, a hospitality space, or a learning environment.¬†The firm is widely known for such major residential works as One Madison, Walker Tower and¬†443 Greenwich¬†in New York and¬†the¬†Choice Marina development in Cochin, India. Their hospitality expertise ranges from hotels such as the Galleria in Jeddah, Saudi¬†Arabia, to the acclaimed SushiSamba in London, and Miami‚Äôs Sugarcane.