Privately-owned hotel opens on Fort Drum

By CRAIG FOX | Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. | Published: November 16, 2018

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Tribune News Service) — A new hotel on post is now open for business.

A ribbon-cutting was held on Wednesday at the new Candlewood Suites hotel at Fort Drum, at Mount Belvedere Boulevard’s intersection with Enduring Freedom Drive.

The Australian-based developer, Landlease, built the hotel as part of Privatization of Army Lodging, or PAL, program for the Department of Defense, Landlease spokeswoman Lacey Jamison said.

The 99-room hotel will meet the needs of Fort Drum soldiers, who are on post for an extended amount of time for training. Each of the studio and one-bedroom rooms is equipped with full-sized kitchens and large work areas.

Patrons also will have access to a barbecue gazebo, visitors’ lounge and breakfast area.

“It’s a little different than hotels you’d find off-post,” Ms. Jamison said.

Families transitioning in and out of Front Drum, military retirees and government workers who are on business at the military facility also are expected to stay at the Candlewood Suites. Amenities include a free daily breakfast, weekly socials and a complimentary on-post shuttle.

Anyone who has access to and from Fort Drum can stay there.

Lendlease said it is building the hotel with cross-laminated timber, a product — known as CLT — made with layers of pressed lumber that purportedly offers sustainability and conservation benefits.

CLT was used in flooring, the roof and interior, shaft and selected walls.

“Implementing CLT increases the safety on our product site during construction, reduces energy consumption and teaches jobs to local veterans. We’re proud of every aspect of the project,” said Claire Johnston, managing director of Landlease communities.

Eight members of the construction crew were retired Fort Drum soldiers from its Soldiers for Life program.

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