Lendlease celebrates 2nd Mid-sized CLT hotel in the US at Fort Drum

  • 14 Nov 2018

Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels celebrate grand opening of new Candlewood Suites® hotel on Fort Drum

Lendlease, one of the nation’s leaders in public-private community development, and IHG® Army Hotels celebrated the grand opening of the new Candlewood Suites® hotel on Fort Drum, the second mid-sized hotel in the country constructed using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The hotel’s ribbon cutting event highlighted the innovative partnership between the United States Army, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels. 

Made of several layers of pressed lumber board stacked in alternating directions, CLT offers builders maximized strength and durability with added sustainability and conservation benefits. The new hotel incorporates CLT for the hotel’s floors, roof, exterior walls, shaft walls and select interior walls. Lendlease currently has five additional hotels in different phases of design and construction, three of which will be constructed using CLT.

“Lendlease embraces and prioritizes innovation and utilizing CLT allows us to execute on our vision to create the best places while providing a sustainable outcome for our Army partner,” said Claire Johnston, Managing Director of Lendlease’s Communities business. “The use of CLT and other integrated methodologies has made it possible to ‘do more with less’ by constructing projects faster, with less labor and safer than conventional materials and methods. We are proud to have successfully delivered two CLT hotels in the United States.”

The more than 65,000 square foot structure includes 99 all-suite rooms equipped with full-sized kitchens and large work areas, outdoor space including a BBQ gazebo, a distinguished visitors lounge, an impressive lobby and comfortable breakfast area. The 13-person Lendlease crew utilized more than 1,700 pieces of mass timber and 200,000 pieces of hardware to erect the building. Eight of the crew members who worked on the Fort Drum project were local veterans referred to the project through Fort Drum’s Soldiers for Life program.  
“The Candlewood Suites on Fort Drum is an excellent addition to the IHG Army Hotels portfolio and another great example of the success of privatization. We are very proud to support Fort Drum’s mission and deliver IHG’s signature hospitality and amenities to travelers with the Department of Defense,” said Chuck Sourbeer, Head of Operations, IHG Army Hotels.

Part of the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) Program, Lendlease is the owner, developer, design-builder and asset manager for the Candlewood Suites® on Fort Drum, and the exclusive developer for the Department of Defense’s only lodging privatization program. IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) is the hotel operator and manager of IHG Army Hotels, which are located on 40 U.S. Army installations and provide service and amenities tailored to meet the needs of military travel.

The Candlewood Suites® properties on post offer spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, each with its own fully equipped kitchen, including a full-size refrigerator, sink, stovetop, and dishwasher. Each suite is also equipped with pots, pans and utensils to make it easy for guests to cook a complete meal while staying at the hotel. Other amenities include a daily complimentary breakfast, evening barbecues, 24/7 free guest laundry, the Candlewood Gym and the Candlewood Cupboard®, where guests can purchase meals, snacks, refreshments and necessities that are all available on an honor system.

For additional information, contact:
Lacey Jamison
Assistant Marketing Manager, Lendlease Communities
615 477 0170

About Lendlease

Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world.

Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 13,000 employees internationally.

Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers.

In the US, Lendlease’s Communities business is the nation’s leader in public/private community development. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lendlease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth. Lendlease has worked extensively with the Department of Defense through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program that provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. With over 40,000 residential units, 192 apartments and more than 12,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lendlease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.

About InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG):

IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN® Hotels, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid® hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,500 hotels and approximately 826,000 guest rooms in almost 100 countries, with more than 1,800 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.  

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 375,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

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About IHG Army Hotels:

IHG Army Hotels operates and manages a portfolio of 80 hotels with more than 12,000 rooms located on 40 U.S. military installations. IHG Army Hotels offer all the conveniences of off-post hotels as well as features and amenities specifically designed for military travelers, and welcome all members of the military, their families, and civilians. Visit for more information and to make a reservation.