Fort Gordon breaks ground on new Candlewood Suites hotel

By: Brewster of the Augusta Chronicle



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Col. Todd Turner (second right) joins Lendlease and IHG partners at a ground breaking ceremony for the new Candlewood Suites hotel at Fort Gordon Wednesday morning. NEFETERIA BREWSTER/STAFF

Construction for a new extended-stay hotel at Fort Gordon is underway.

Officials broke ground Wednesday at the new hotel site, located on 3rd Avenue and Avenue of the States, in front of the Main Post Exchange.

The project is being established by Lendlease and the Intercontinental Hotels Group through the Privatization of Army Lodging program. The program allows for a partnership between the Army and a private industry to improve the condition of on-post lodging facilities for their long-term sustainment.

Lacey Jamison, a marketing coordinator with Lendlease, said construction is expected to begin “in a couple months.” The new Candlewood Suites is expected to be complete by winter 2020, Jamison said.

“This extended brand will be used to support soldiers travelling for a short period of time,” she said.

The hotel will be one of eight new hotels expected in the area within the next two years. Jamison said the extended-stay is significant because of its long-term accommodations.

“We feel this adequately supports military families and soldiers travelling to the installation for a short period,” she said. “It’s different because it’s going to be completely new.”

The new hotel will feature 311 rooms, a mix of one- and two-bedroom suites and studios, with special quarters on the fifth floor.

It consists of 11 rooms designed to host distinguished visitors. Additional features for the hotel include a swimming pool, a business and fitness center, and fully-equipped kitchens and large work areas in each guest room.

Keith Scruggs, a senior development manager with Lendlease, estimated a $50 million investment into the project.

“This will be one of the largest hotels on a military installation,” he said. “We’re excited about the offering and selection of the hotel.”

Col. Todd Turner, garrison commander at Fort Gordon, said the project is an exceptional effort into building the community district.

“The location here is going to be exceptional,” he said.

Along with the Post Exchange, where locals can shop for a variety of grocery and household items, a dog park, gym, chapel, courtyard – equipped with two new restaurants – and housing areas will surround the new hotel.

“So when you come to this Candlewood Suites in 2020 you will truly be in the center of the community on Fort Gordon,” Turner said Wednesday. “So we really could not have put this any place better.”