SOURCE: Cumming Corporation

Cumming Corporation

May 17, 2011 11:04 ET

Cumming Hired by Hilton Worldwide to Guide Cutting-Edge Renovations of DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - According to a newly released report from Ernst & Young, global hospitality markets will see more robust, broad-based growth by the end of this year. Locally, Cumming, a leading international project and cost consultancy firm, is seeing early returns on this prediction, having recently been selected to provide project management services for the renovation of 294 guest rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley.

The DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley is undergoing a hotelwide enhancement project that includes fully updating hotel guest rooms while preserving its gracious, classic feel. The guest room modernizations will incorporate new lighting arrangements, bathroom remodels, and new exterior doors and windows, among other features. According to Cumming Project Executive Blaine Rhea, the renovation is set for completion later this Fall.

"Our role in the renovation of DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley is evidence of how central project management is in the recovering hospitality industry," said Rhea. "We are thrilled to be working with Hilton Worldwide to bring DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley significant value in the redesign of guest rooms for this already well-established hotel."

The area surrounding the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley is in the midst of improvements as well. Hazard Center, which borders the hotel, is anticipating a $300-million, mixed-use revitalization program that will seek to incorporate sustainability features, promote walkability, and ultimately enhance the neighborhood's appeal.

"We see the future of Mission Valley to include more accessibility, style, and appeal for San Diego residents," said Jerry Harlan, Senior Director of Capital Project Management, Hilton Worldwide. "The plan is to renovate the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley in a way that improves the guest experience, but that also energizes the surrounding area, which is one of San Diego's most visited neighborhoods."

Cumming was awarded the project management role after going through a competitive bid process. In this role, Cumming is responsible for leading the project team while reporting to Hilton Worldwide on the day-to-day decisions and construction coordination activities. Ultimately, Cumming has been tasked with delivering on a specific vision, and doing so in a timely, cost effective manner.

Cumming has been providing project management and other related services to Hilton Worldwide for more than 12 years. Recent project management assignments for Hilton Worldwide include the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane-City Center and the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport in Washington State; and the Embassy Suites Austin Downtown/Town Lake in Austin, Texas.

DoubleTree by Hilton has a longstanding tradition of distinctively designed hotels that reflect their destination and create a rewarding experience for their guests in 17 countries across five continents. DoubleTree by Hilton characteristic qualities include the warm worldwide welcome of the brand's legendary chocolate chip cookie to every guest at check-in, the rewards of the prestigious Hilton HHonors® loyalty program and a unique caring commitment to the communities in which they operate.

For more information on the partnership between Cumming and Hilton Worldwide, or to learn more about the renovation of DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley, please contact Nikki Jimenez by email at nikki.jimenez@focuscominc.com or by phone at 619.233.7778.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
With a fast-growing global collection of contemporary, upscale hotels in more than 250 gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across five continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors® guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers more than 60,000 team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.

To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at www.doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at www.facebook.com/doubletree, www.twitter.com/doubletree and www.youtube.com/doubletreehotels.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.

About Cumming:
Cumming is an international program and cost management firm. Since opening for business in 1996, Cumming has provided efficient and cost-effective solutions to ensure that projects in the education, healthcare, and hospitality sectors are executed on time and within budget. Cumming provides a solutions-oriented suite of services that specifically address their clients' unique challenges, thus enabling them to achieve extraordinary results. Cumming has a team of more than 200 members who have collectively completed projects in more than 25 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.ccorpusa.com.

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