The Challenge

The Alfond Inn, located in historic Winter Park, Florida was commision by Rollins College, a leading liberal arts institution, with three objectives:

  1. To create a luxury hotel that would reflect the College's values of excellence, innovation and community and to serve the needs of students and faculty.
  2. To create an amenity that met the needs of the entire community: a living room for both "town" and "gown."
  3. To create a property positioned for success with net operating income committed to a permanent endowment for student scholarships.

The design team met these goals by creating a unique boutique hotel of 107,676 sf, featuring 112 guest rooms, 8,000 sf of ballroom and meeting space, iconic conservatory and library, signature restaurant and bar, elevated pool deck, and fitness center, all framed within landscaped gardens that seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor public spaces.

Design & Construction

From the outset, Olympia Development was integral in the selection process of the design and construction teams. Olympia worked directly with Rollins College to leverage our experience in hospitality design and construction and provide insight that allowed the college to make informed decisions on project team selections.

Olympia was further responsible for managing all data and pricing analysis and for handling administration involved in reviewing and scoring teams through the selection process.

As the project scope evolved, Olympia lead the construction teams through multiple VE exercises to align project goals and budgets saving nearly 15% between the project high and final project cost.

Olympia hired a site manager to provide hands on project management overseeing daily activities of the general contractor.

Olympia remained fully invested in project oversight with review of all change orders, attendance at weekly project meetings and in providing regular progress reports to ownership, ensuring collaborative work between design and construction teams and allowing for on-time and on-budget completion.

A Unique Opportunity

The Olympia Companies is devoted to pursuing opportunities in the hospitality industry. We strive to leverage the commitment, strength, and intellect of our team members to explore and develop assets as well as prospects.

In addition to our Management, Design, and Development services, we posess expertise in developing Restaurants, Property Branding, as well as Acquisitions.