Fort Wainwright Goes Express, Holiday Inn Express hotel opens on post
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - During a special ceremony held on Fort Wainwright today, Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships, the nation’s leader in public-private community development, and IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s largest hotel groups, officially welcomed Soldiers, families, and the entire Fairbanks, Alaska community to the newly branded Holiday Inn Express on Fort Wainwright. The hotel is part of the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, a U.S. Army-led program established as a means to revitalize on-post lodging facilities for Soldiers, their families and all government travelers. Lend Lease is the developer for the PAL program, which includes the renovation and development of approximately 8,200 hotel rooms on 21 U.S. Army installations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. IHG is the PAL hotel operator.
Today, the 90-room Holiday Inn Express, formerly known as the Northern Lights Inn, boasts a mix of one-bedroom suites and studio-style guestrooms with amenities and features tailored to meet the unique needs of today’s military traveler.
"The Holiday Inn Express on Fort Wainwright is more than just another on-post lodging facility. This hotel is a demonstration of people bringing their skills, knowledge and commitment together to provide a quality, customized and convenient lodging solution for Fort Wainwright that will sustain itself for the next 50 years,” said Kate Alger, development manager for Lend Lease (US) Public Partnerships.
The addition of a new fitness center, business center, new 24-hour convenience mart, complimentary hot breakfast served seven days a week, free high-speed internet access, complimentary guest laundry facility, and a new on-post courtesy shuttle service are just a few of the hotel’s features. Guestrooms have received enhancements such as new showerheads and shower curtains, curved shower rods, new bed sets, linens and furnishings, including new flat-screen televisions. In addition, complimentary concierge service is now available to all guests as well as the opportunity to earn Priority Club® Rewards points. To date, IHG Army Hotels has issued more than 279 million Priority Club® Rewards points to Soldiers to use as off-post hotels worldwide.
About Lend Lease
Lend Lease is a leading international property and infrastructure group. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and with circa 17,000 employees worldwide, the firm’s capabilities span the property and infrastructure spectrum.
In the US, Lend Lease’s public partnership business is the nation’s leader in public/private community development. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lend Lease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth. Lend Lease 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 8,200 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lend Lease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.
We create innovative and sustainable property solutions, forging partnerships and delivering maximum benefits to clients, investors and communities. Safety is our number one priority and Lend Lease is committed to operating Incident & Injury Free wherever we have a presence.
Posted: June 26, 2012