The Hilton Columbus Downtown Hotel and Bridge is located within the historic Arena, Market and Business Districts.  Brick and glass portal "windows" establish a welcome pedestrian streetscape of sidewalk cafe', retail, and front door lobby.  A continuous glass canopy along the street and glass pedestrian bridge to the adjacent convention center connect pedestrian and visitor with visual clarity while cleverly addressing the challenge of designing and entrance facade along a steeply sloping sidewalk.

The constrained site footprint and slope led to an innovative atrium design yielding and ultra-efficient, compact stacking of guestrooms and meeting spaces that all spatially interconnect with daylight.

The exterior facade provides a memorial visual aesthetic that includes a progression of lower-scaled masonry and glass massing transitioning into taller, metal and glass massing responding to the traditional neighborhood structures and high-rise, glass, stone, and steel-clad buildings nearby.  A stacked bond masonry pattern reinterprets the ashlar tradition, speaking as an artistic canvas to both the program within and the hotel's artistic neighborhood.

LEED Gold, the project targets 32% reduced energy usage, 30% water reduction and 7,870 less metric tons of CO2 per year, and features high-efficiency boilers, building automated systems, controls, low-flow fixtures, and extensive recycled materials.

Interiors in collaboration Simeone Deary Design Group.  Photographs by Tom Rossiter Photographer for HOK

Design Principal
Todd Halamka


Engineering News-Record Midwest Best Project of the Year 
USGBC LEED Gold Certification
Harrison W. Smith Development Award
Structural Engineers Association Most Innovative Structure Award