Where are they on that project?: Hyatt Place Hotel

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – With all of the rain in the Tri-State, some construction plans have had to overcome slippery obstacles.

Eyewitness news Grace Hayba spoke with some of the masterminds behind the Hyatt Place Hotel construction in downtown Evansville to see how the rain impacted them.

After a summer of higher than average rainfall, Tri-State construction projects have had to navigate slippery territory.

“You know you come up with a schedule but that’s really just a living document, it changes. So you can look at historical data and you can predict, we’ll probably have x amount of delays but we have had more weather delays than we’ve anticipated just because the climate isn’t what it typically is.”

Now that the weather has been drying out, developers say the next step is adding an exterior coat of paint and the Hyatt Place logo sometime this week.

For the Texas-based contracting company, one key factor in the plan isn’t the materials, but rather the workers themselves

“As an outside GC from another state, when you come in you’re kind of looked upon one way, you know the outsiders got it. When you work with local, it lets you learn their talents, learn how it works here. It works a little different in every city that you go to.”

“This used to be the town that attracted so many good events, and in between we lost them. The main reason was facilities and I wanted to do something in Evansville and this Tri-State area and once I saw things happening in downtown, I saw the perfect opportunity.”

The hotel will have 139 suite-style rooms with suites on the upper levels overlooking the riverfront.

“I think it’s going to make a real impact on the downtown, especially with the additional rooms available. It’ll give you guys opportunity to have conventions maybe you haven’t had access to in the downtown area, more events.”

Hammat says they plan to be open for bookings by New Year’s Day.

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(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)

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