A first-of-its-kind facility on the “front porch” of the United States Navy. An innovative project delivery method. A signature look and a new standard for lodging guests that need to be mission-ready at a moment’s notice. This is the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) design-build project at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
NGIS Newport involved the design and construction of a secure, sustainable lodge/hotel and corresponding site development. As the lead designer for the project, Michael Baker set out to create a facility that would fuel a new vision for NGIS as a whole and establish its signature look moving forward. Our team performed architecture, interior design, mechanical engineering, plumbing design, and fire protection engineering, as well as site development including civil engineering and landscape architecture. The facility’s security provisions met the requirements set by the Department of Defense (DoD) for anti-terrorism/force protection, while its sustainability solutions achieved LEED Silver certification.
The team incorporated the latest trends and innovations in the hospitality industry that focused on the guest experience and encompassed everything from visual appeal to comfort. Exterior designs integrated local architectural styles and incorporated blast analyses. Harbor views were prioritized both inside and outside of the structure, and local artwork, natural wood and stone finishes contributed to a sense of place.