RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) – It may still be two years away from completion, but Radford University’s planned hotel, “The Highlander” is becoming a reality.
Demolition has begun on the site of the future hotel.
Radford University says the project is a joint effort between the University and the Radford University Foundation to bring an upscale, full-service boutique hotel to the area which will be located at the intersection of Tyler Avenue and Calhoun Street, where four existing structures are in the process of being demolished.
“The Highlander is a game changer for Radford University, the City of Radford, the New River Valley and the Roanoke Valley. Without question, this hotel project is a credit to the many individuals who devoted a significant amount of expertise and time to developing a design centered on high-quality finishes and the overall guest experience. At the same time, internal stakeholders and external partners were equally focused on creating limitless opportunities and significant benefits for the local community. The University is proud to be a leading partner with the Radford University Foundation, in addition to Preston Hollow Capital, S.B. Ballard Construction Company, Blur Workshop and Aimbridge Hospitality, on what promises to be one of the most significant economic development projects in recent years.”Brian O. Hemphill, PhD., Radford University President
The Highlander will have an estimated 125 rooms and is designed to reflect the local region and its rich history, as well as Radford University’s tradition of hard work.
The hotel will also provide amenities not available at current area hotels, including a stunning rooftop steakhouse and bar overlooking campus with a backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A highlight of the structure will be a 4,000-square-foot conference space that will accommodate 250-300 people, allowing the University to potentially host large-scale events such as business expos and conferences that it could not accommodate in the past.
View some renderings of The Highlander below: