Prospector completes remodel

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

The owners of the Prospector Hotel downtown have completed a million-dollar interior renovation.

The remodel changed the Prospector from a 56-room to a 62-room hotel. Alaskan Hospitality Unlimited Partners, Terry Wanzer and Kay Sims, converted several of the hotel's existing oversized apartment-style rooms into smaller suites, many with optional connecting rooms for family accommodations.

Work has been going on since early February.

"The hotel market has become more and more competitive in Juneau and the pressure is on properties to upgrade and perform," Sims said. "We wanted to exceed our guest's expectations."

The renovation also added two adjoining conference rooms that can open up into one larger room. There are also two new rooms accessible to the disabled.

Later this summer the partners expect to paint the exterior and add a new sign package.

The owners chose the hotel design firm Dawson Design Associates of Seattle to create a new personality and guest experience for the hotel. Dawson has a national reputation in designing upscale and boutique hotels, for clients such as San Francisco's Kimpton Group, the owners said in a press release. Dawson also completely renovated The Gilmore Hotel in Ketchikan and Annabelle's Famous Keg and Chowder House in Ketchikan, along with other projects for Ketchikan-based Alaskan Hospitality Unlimited Partners.

DD Becket of Ketchikan was awarded the bid for the project. Several Juneau contractors were also involved in the renovation including RAS Drywall, The Plumbing and Heating Co., BRD Consultants, Mitch Roper, GCI and ACS.

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