Gilbane Building Company and Dwell Proper Break Ground on the Sarasota Modern Hotel

Steeped in the ‘Modernist Tradition’, the new 89-room boutique property is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel located in the Rosemary District of Sarasota

Sarasota, Florida – March 2017 – Gilbane Building Company and Dwell Proper, along with the project team and local community, joined to kick off the official construction start of the upscale hotel.

The design of the hotel is inspired by the Modernist tradition which emerged in Sarasota in the late 1940s. Called ‘Sarasota Modern’, modernist architecture from Europe and its decorative style was adapted to suit the unique Gulf Coast climate. Décor of the 89-room hotel is inspired by the local arts culture and will feature key design elements influenced by the period, including richness of natural wood, large windows and sunscreens optimizing light, and an indoor/outdoor flow.

The 5-story building will offer its guests a 151-seat restaurant, an active outdoor pool scene, fitness facility, outdoor bar, spa services and a surf shop/coffee bar.

Mike Beaumier, senior project executive for Gilbane Building Company opened the event noting, “We are excited to be part of the construction of this unique hotel. With the arts being such a prominent part of Sarasota’s culture, it’s welcoming to see the commitment that Dwell Proper has made.” Virginia Haley of Visit Sarasota County joined the ceremony in welcoming the new hotel to the area noting its economic effect on the community.

“In real estate development generally, but in hotel and hospitality development more specifically, a building is a product of its environment and can only be as good as where you put it. We’re so excited to be joining the Rosemary District.,” said Jason Cincotta, president of Dwell Proper. “This neighborhood has history, starting in 1890 with its beginnings as the historically Black neighborhood Overtown, and continuing with its evolution into a neighborhood of residential bungalows, cafes, studios and galleries that we know it as today. We want to play a small part in this neighborhood’s story. We want to contribute a hotel that’s both in Sarasota and of Sarasota.”

The project, designed by the team of Hoyt Architects and Stephen Chung Architect, is anticipated to open early 2018 and be managed by StepStone Hospitality.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com

About Dwell Proper

Dwell Proper specializes in developing real estate projects that combine challenging urban sites, a mix of uses, and boutique scale. It has overseen the development and sale of real estate valued at over $50 million, construction costing $20 million, and the permitting and construction of multiple multifamily residential projects, a boutique hotel project, and over 15,000 sf of retail. We pride ourselves in building project-specific development teams comprised of members whose local acumen, technical knowledge, and design talents result in projects of exceptional quality. For more information, please visit

About StepStone Hospitality

Rhode Island-based StepStone Hospitality specializes in management of boutique, full and select-service hotels and restaurants. The company provides a unique combination of strong, hands-on operations, strategic asset management and food and beverage expertise, while maintaining a balanced focus between revenue enhancement, margin expansion, and guest satisfaction. StepStone Hospitality currently manages a portfolio of 17 hotels including properties under the Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotel family of brands, as well as independent properties. Additional information about StepStone Hospitality portfolio is available at

About Stephen Chung

Stephen Chung, AIA, LEED AP is a registered architect and Principal of Stephen Chung, Architect. His Boston-based studio focuses on residential and hospitality projects. In addition to practice, Stephen has taught design at several institutions, including Cornell, Syracuse, the Rhode Island School of Design, Syracuse and Yale University.  Finally, Stephen is the Executive Producer and Host of a television show for PBS called Cool Spaces: The Best of New Architecture.  In the show, Stephen leads viewers on a tour of the world’s newest and most provocative architecture.

About HOYT Architects

For more than two decades HOYT Architects has been a trusted professional urban design and architectural services provider for both private developers and local government bodies. Local landmarks include Selby Library, Ed Smith Stadium, Patriot Plaza, Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, and Colonial Oaks Park. Recently completed downtown Sarasota projects include: The Jewel, One Palm, the aloft Hotel, and Sansara.  HOYT is also the designer of several well-known downtown retail and dining destinations: Dimmitt Style Center, Sur la Table, Eileen Fischer, Fit2Run, Evie’s Tavern, Lila, State Street Eating House, and Massimo Meda Art Gallery.