The Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. (Staff Photo/Kim Smith Dedam)

Architects, engineers hired for Hotel Saranac

By: KIM SMITH DEDAM Press-Republican

SARANAC LAKE — A design and build team is on board for renovations at the Hotel Saranac.

Purchased by Roedel Companies in December last year, the central hotel in downtown Saranac Lake won’t reopen until 2015.

The renovation effort aims to restore the 80-year-old historic property to its original design with modern infrastructure updates.

On Tuesday, Fred B. Roedel III, a Roedel Co. partner, announced the designers, engineers and construction companies that have been hired to complete the work.

“Using our extensive experience in the industry, we were able to put together an experienced team of professionals and maximize every dollar invested in this project,” he said in a news release.

“When the Hotel Saranac reopens, it will be an upscale and full-service hotel that will once again serve as a center of community life for residents and guests.”

ROK Builders, a Roedel Co. affiliate, is overseeing the renovations.

Lead architect is Freeman French Freeman Inc. of Burlington.

“The organizations will work in tandem with their historical consultant, Kimberly Alvarez of Landmark Consulting in Albany, to bring the property up to modern standards while preserving the layout and character of the building,” Roedel said.

Hotel programming is to be accomplished by Group One Partners of South Boston.

Structural engineering for the project is contracted to North Woods Engineering in Saranac Lake.

The mechanical, electrical and plumbing contract was let to Rist-Frost-Shumway of Laconia, N.H.

Interior design and procurement services were contracted to RSJ Assoc. of Wilton, N.H.

Jesse Beck, president of Freeman French Freeman, said they couldn’t be more excited to help restore this “jewel of the Adirondacks.”

“The combination of Roedel Companies’ vision and the local community’s support makes this a very special project for everyone involved,” Beck said in a news release.

Renovations began in earnest in April.

The project won $5 million in state economic-development funding in the 2013 round of Regional Economic Development Council priority project awards.

In all, Roedel Co. has said, the restoration will cost a total close to $13 million.

Updates on interior demolition and reconstruction inside are posted to the Hotel Saranac Facebook page, online at:

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