The Inquirer features The Lighting Practice project, Hilton Home2Suites

Tuesday August 6th, the Hilton Home2Suites opened for business.  The new hotel is located at 12th and Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia.

The Lighting Practice teamed with Cope Linder Architects, ACC Design (Interior Designers) and In Posse (LEED consultant) to design this 248-unit hotel to LEED-certified standards.  TLP was responsible for designing the exterior lighting as well as interior public and amenity spaces including the lobby, lounge, meeting rooms, and the fitness center/pool.

We are proud to be a part of this project which will encourage and support tourism in Philadelphia.  The location of the new hotel will be an ideal spot for professionals to stay during conferences at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and general tourists looking to experience Center City Philadelphia and iconic destinations like the Reading Terminal Market.

City has new hotel, Home2Suites at 12th and Arch

POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer

As the Home2Suites hotel at 12th and Arch Streets officially opened for business Tuesday, one thing remained conspicuously absent by midafternoon. Patrons. The 248-unit all-suites, Hilton-branded hotel had finished construction about a month ahead of schedule, and the co-developers scrambled Tuesday – after getting the final go-ahead from Hilton in the morning – to let everyone know it was open. “It’s very fast for a Center City hotel, and I believe it adds a lot to the area,” codeveloper Howard Wurzak, chairman and CEO of Philadelphia-based Wurzak Hotel Group, said of the 15-month build-out. “It has a very European feel to it.” Shovels went in at a well-attended groundbreaking with Mayor Nutter in mid-April 2012 for the city’s first new ground-up hotel in 10 years. It sits directly across from the Reading Terminal Market. Parkway Corp., which owns parking lots and garages throughout the city, is codeveloper. The nine-story hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows, an indoor pool, and a gym next to a laundry room, and will feature three tenants on the ground floor – BurgerFi (set to open in October) and Panera Bread (to open sometime later), and a third, yet-to-be named retailer. “It’s funky and relaxed,” said Robert Zuritsky, president of Parkway Corp., of the hotel’s decor, which includes a historical map of Philadelphia on one wall and an “accessory wall” with artifacts in the lobby. It’s also environmentally efficient, with a rooftop garden and built to LEED-certified standards.

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