Four Points RDU

Near Raleigh Durham Airport, 1200 Claren Circle, Morrisville, NC 27560

FOUR POINTS by Sheraton, Raleigh Durham Airport

The 105-room hotel features 4,000 square feet of contemporary and flexible function meeting space.  The meeting facility offers separate catering, and food- delivery and prep areas that support convenient hotel-guest circulation; and independent facility users.


Size of Hotel

70,800 Sq. Ft. with 106 Guestrooms and 4,000 Sq. Ft. of Meeting space


Alkesh Patel, OHM Hotels Management, Inc.


Near Raleigh Durham Airport, 1200 Claren Circle, Morrisville, NC 27560

Project Timeline

Design began in late 2006; Construction started April 2008; Opened in September 2009

Architecture Team & Design Plan Process

Goals:  The hotel was to be located on a small sloping site within a 4-parcel master planned commercial development.  The site had a severe slope and adjoining stream/water element requiring extensive planning and coordination with the Town of Morrisville.  The site required the hotel to be taller to accommodate the program of 105+ guestrooms and meeting facilities.  The project began as a Best Western Hotel and was converted during permitting to the FOUR POINTS by Sheraton.  The startup brand had few new construction properties and required extensive coordination with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., the parent company, then out of New York.  Starwood is a strong, design-oriented brand which required meticulous coordination with their design studios to review space planning; guest experience; and in particular, the interior finishes.  All of which are displayed in some of their signature properties like Aloft, Westin and W Hotels; which Olive creatively incorporated in this property for its market segment.

We provided interior design and purchasing assistance for the entire project.  All material selections were made in-house.

Design Considerations:  The public area and meeting facility plans required creative approaches to get the most of small spaces maximizing every square foot.  The client was concerned with the small space for the lobby and food service areas.  We addressed these concerns creating a lobby that is distinct in both the layout and design by using cabinetry / library elements to partition the lobby and lounge interior to maintain a larger scale for the smaller space that offers ‘wow factor’ for guests.  The bar and dining seating add to the space and feel comfortable even in the off hours.  While the kitchen supports limited dining and room-service capacity, it was designed to also allow for food prep and staging to accommodate the catering needs of the meeting spaces.  We met and exceeded Starwood expectations who identified the lobby and food service areas as exemplary spaces flying their brand executives to the site after opening.  Photographs of these areas are now used on their marketing / branding information.


Key Results:

  • Used creative design and material selections for the public area to provide an exceptional guest experience within a small space making the various uses work extremely well.
  • Created functional and user friendly meeting facility that functions well as a part of the hotel; or, for independent users. Clearly met and exceeded the Owners requirements.
  • Met the Owners requirement for a 105+ room hotel with a large meeting space. All providing convenient guest circulation, separation and functionality.

User details: 

  • Structure used CMU bearing walls with precast concrete floors and roof.
  • Exterior included sound controls like better glazing, insulation etc., to accommodate the building’s vicinity to RDU airport’s flight path.
  • Exterior used brick for entire building to create contemporary look.
  • Exterior featured roof element and entry canopy to complement the design.
  • Interior used cabinet / library elements to partition the lobby and lounge interior to maintain a larger scale for the smaller space.
  • Interior provided catering delivery and prep areas for the meeting facility.


  • Provided Architectural, Plumbing, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (PME) and Interior Design (as Centrepoint Architecture) services.
  • Provided Architect/Engineer construction administration services throughout the project.
  • Provided conceptual site design, layout, interior purchasing assistance /coordination and installation coordination.
  • The General Contractor for the property was Benchmark Construction.