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Monday, October 2, 2017

Museum on the Square transforms an abandoned, nuclear blast- resistant telephone switching building

Museum on the Square transforms an abandoned, nuclear blast- resistant telephone switching building in the heart of downtown Santa Rosa into a mixed-use project that will play a key role in the reviatalization of the area and wil be an outstanding expamle of urban green development. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

KEVIN MCCALLUM

Santa Rosa to lease parking spaces to future Old Courthouse Square Hotel

The latest plans to turn downtown Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building into a boutique hotel have grown into an ambitious $18 million effort that would dramatically reshape most of the west side of Old Courthouse Square.

Drawings submitted recently to the city’s Design Review Board reveal that developer Hugh Futrell plans to renovate the interior of the 1908 Empire Building, add a third-story terrace café to the largely vacant building two doors down and create an attractive courtyard between them by demolishing the narrow building that stands there now.

“This hotel is a critical piece of the transformation of the city’s core, in conjunction with several other initiatives,” Futrell said, citing the reunification of Old Courthouse Square, his Museum on the Square project and other proposed downtown housing. “It also preserves, in an environmentally sensitive way, an iconic historic structure.”

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Friday, December 16, 2016

KEVIN MCCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 15, 2016

Hotel plans taking shape on Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square

The latest plans to turn downtown Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building into a boutique hotel have grown into an ambitious $18 million effort that would dramatically reshape most of the west side of Old Courthouse Square.

Drawings submitted recently to the city’s Design Review Board reveal that developer Hugh Futrell plans to renovate the interior of the 1908 Empire Building, add a third-story terrace café to the largely vacant building two doors down and create an attractive courtyard between them by demolishing the narrow building that stands there now.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

AIA Redwood Empire Chapter recognizes Museum on the Square at Design Awards Gala

TLCD Architecture was recogized for Musuem on the Square with a Citation Award in the Alteration, Rehab, Historic Preservation category.    

TLCD Architecture was recogized for Musuem on the Square with a Citation Award in the Alteration, Rehab, Historic Preservation category. TLCD, now housed in MOTS, worked with Hugh Futrell Corp to renovate the building facing Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa's Downtown core. "This project provides a template for successfully repurposing urban infrastructure to accomodate new uses, acting as a catalyst for further development. The interplay between retained and new elements creates a compelling, unified expression that completely transforms the hermetic switching station into a transparent and well-proportioned urban palazzo." AIA Jury comments

Monday, October 10, 2016

HFC awarded Private Infrastructure Champion for MOTS at 3rd annual Engineering Excellence Awards

Paul Meyer, Executive Director for ACEC California and Kelly Garman, ACEC California’s legislative advocate, attended the 3rd Annual Engineering Excellence Celebration, held in Napa, California and hosted by the members of the ACEC California North Coast Chapter.

Amidst a close community of leaders, public officials, developers, consulting firms and ACEC CA members, local engineering projects were highlighted and individuals were honored because of their strong support of infrastructure.

In recognition of service to the chapter, industry and the community, the following achievement awards were given:
Infrastructure Champion Award – Lifetime: Doug Bosco
Infrastructure Champion Award – Public Official: Valerie Brown
Infrastructure Champion Award –Public Owner: Rick Moshier, City of Santa Rosa
Infrastructure Champion Award –Private Owner: Hugh Futrell, Hugh Futrell Corporation
Exceptional Engineer Emeritus: Dick Carlile
Exceptional Engineer Emeritus: Jack Macy
Member of the Year Award: Doug Donmon, Dimensions 4 Engineering
Project of the Year Award: Hunters View Project (Carlile Macy, John Stewart Company)
Design/Build Project Special Award: Berryessa Resort Water/Wastewater System Improvements Project (Summit Engineering, Napa Berryessa Resort Improvement District)
Community Service Award: Napa 9/11 Memorial Project (Summit Engineering, City of Napa)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kevin McCallum

Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square hotel project adds space, new partners

The effort to transform Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building into a boutique hotel has picked up some additional real estate and financial backing.

Developer Hugh Futrell, who purchased the clock tower-topped downtown landmark for $2.2 million in July, on Tuesday announced two new partners in the project.

Zack Berkowitz, the owner of the neighboring commercial building 19 Old Courthouse Square, has agreed to allow the second floor of his building to serve as an annex for the hotel.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Kevin McCallum

Santa Rosa’s Empire Building sells for $2.2 million

Santa Rosa’s historic Empire Building was sold for $2.2 million Friday to a partnership headed by developer Hugh Futrell, who has plans to turn the stately 1908 structure into a boutique hotel.

“I’m excited about the opportunity for downtown and my firm,” Futrell said Monday.

The iconic clock-tower-topped building had been owned for decades by members of a law firm that occupied the upper floors. It had been on the market for about two years, listed by broker Paul Schwartz of Terra Firma Global Partners.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

KEVIN MCCALLUM- THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Historic Empire Building could become boutique hotel

The historic Empire Building in downtown Santa Rosa is being sold to a developer who plans to turn it into a boutique hotel.

Hugh Futrell, who transformed the long-vacant former AT&T building downtown into the new home of Luther Burbank Savings, says he expects to complete the purchase of the iconic four-story edifice July 15.

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