Bozeman’s The LARK Hotel Opens DoorsApr 15 2015 · 0 comments · Hospitality, NISHKIAN MONKS, Renovation ·0
Bozeman’s newest hotel, the LARK, at historic downtown’s Main Street and Grand Avenue welcomed its first guests on April 2, 2015 after years of planning, challenges, and construction.
Designed by ThinkTank Design Group, Inc. and built by North Fork Builders, this 13,000-square-feet (1,208 sq.m.) building remodel is a two-story “L” shaped motel with a footprint of approximately 6,500 square feet. The type of construction is reflective of the early 1960’s. The ground floor consists of a slab on grade with continuous spread footing below bearing walls. Above the street level, the perimeter support of the building is constructed of load bearing skipped grouted concrete masonry blocks. The floor framing consists of 2×10 joists at 16 inches on center with an approximate 12 foot span. The building has a flat roof, consisting of 2×8 joists at 16 inches on center which mirror the spanning direction of the floor joists. While the hotel room framing was essentially kept as existing, the front lobby was entirely reconfigured, seismically improved, and reframed. Nishkian Monks served as the Structural Engineer of Record on the project.
BEFORE THE REMODEL AND RENOVATION
The LARK is a visionary and exemplary in purpose and in execution. It replaced the Imperial Motor Inn which once stood at the site, shuttered with chain-link fence surrounding the property. Built in 1963, the Imperial operated as a motel until late 2009 when it fell into disrepair. Weeds have sprouted in the parking lot, and paint was chipping from the building’s exterior. Plywood covered some of the windows. The new owners, including ThinkTank, made the decision to remodel the rundown motel and to recycle what’s there instead of tearing down and starting over.
AFTER THE REMODEL AND RENOVATION
The plans to redesign the old inn called for a pretty substantial reconstruction, and today the finish product is an upscaled 1960’s era motor lodge. The Lark boasts 32 rooms; 10 local artists and craftsmen were contracted to design each room with original concepts and signature artwork. Although no two rooms look the same, all artists left a common theme—inviting the guests to not only stay, but also to get out, explore, find adventures and learn more about the Bozeman area and Montana in general even providing free bicycles for guests to get around Bozeman. This hip and unique hotel features open air design with indoor and outdoor lobby with fire pit offering fantastic views and access to everything that downtown Bozeman offers. In addition, there will be a unique food choice in The Lark parking lot soon—a taco stand inside an airstream.
Nishkian Monks is proud to be a part of the team that is bringing this newly renovated motel and new jobs to Bozeman. With the completion of this adaptive reuse development, the vision for the City of Bozeman’s Downtown Improvement Plan will soon be realized.
To learn more about The LARK Motel, click here.
Images courtesy of ThinkTank Design Group, Inc.