CALGARY, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - MasterBUILT Hotels Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has resumed construction of the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham ("Microtel") hotel in Fort McMurray, Alberta only weeks after the city was devastated by the recent Spring wildfires.
The Microtel, which was in the late framing stages when it was destroyed by a separate fire on Christmas Day, was just days away from pouring the foundation of the 139-room hotel for a second time when the mandatory evacuation of the city was ordered on May 3rd. "It is hard to imagine being impacted by two separate fires within the span of 5 months, but fortunately this time around our foundation was unharmed and we have had great cooperation from city officials and our trades to get back to work and start the process of rebuilding Fort McMurray," stated Eric Watson, Chief Operating Officer of MasterBUILT Hotels, the project's developer and builder.
David Bengert, Vice President of Construction with MasterBUILT Hotels, was eager to recommence construction of the hotel, "We worked with city officials and identified four small areas with fire damage. We followed the procedures as outlined, which included testing the site for contaminants and applying for a demolition permit. Once all recommendations were adhered to and inspected by city staff, we were able to resume construction. This quick start will minimize the delay in completing construction of the hotel, which we plan to open in summer 2017".
The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham project is part of a joint venture between the Mikisew Group of Companies and Superior Lodging Corp. MasterBUILT Hotels is the developer, builder and operator of the hotel on behalf of the ownership group. The Mikisew and Superior Lodging groups are also the owners of the Super 8 Motel Fort McMurray, which was completely destroyed by the Spring wildfire. The group plans to rebuild on the former Super 8 location as soon as possible with formal plans to be announced in the coming months.
ABOUT MASTERBUILT HOTELS AND MICROTEL INN & SUITES BY WYNDHAM
Co-founded by one of Canada's most celebrated hotel development companies - Superior Lodging Corp. - and award-winning builder - Jayman MasterBUILT - MasterBUILT Hotels brings together a talented team of industry professionals with an unparalleled, proven track record at every stage of the hotel ownership life cycle. MasterBUILT Hotels is the master territorial developer for Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Canada with fifteen Microtels currently open or under construction and plans to open another 60+ locations in Canada over the next 15 years through franchisees and development partnerships. www.masterbuilthotels.com
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is an award-winning, limited service hotel brand with 332 properties in Canada, the USA, South America and Asia. Hotels are independently owned and operated under franchisee agreements with Microtel Inn & Suites Franchising, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). www.microtelinn.com
SOURCE MasterBUILT Hotels
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For further information: Eric Watson, Chief Operating Officer, MasterBUILT Hotels, C: (403) 701-5110, E: [email protected]