By Emily Hamann
The Bellingham Business Journal
A $2 million renovation of the meeting rooms is underway at the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center.
Work on the 14,000 square feet of meeting space began in early January and will be completed by late April, according to Larry MacDonald, general manager of Four Points Bellingham.
The remodel of the meeting rooms and common areas is almost complete. Next, work will start on the ballroom. The work is set to be finished by April 22.
The last event before renovation in the grand ballroom will be the Whatcom Business Alliance’s annual Business Person of the Year awards banquet March 23.
The meeting rooms are receiving state-of-the-industry sound systems, audio-visual equipment and fiber-optic cables for events, as well new décor, from floor to ceiling. The lobby was also redesigned, and can now be incorporated into any of the meeting rooms to add extra space.
The last remodel of these spaces was more than 25 years ago.
“The technology nowadays compared to 10-15 years ago has changed quite a bit,” MacDonald said. “It’s going to be quite an upgrade.”
With the renovation, Four Points will also start to offer “green meetings,” where guests can choose to have lessened environmental impact for their event.
“This is really just modernizing all of our meeting space,” MacDonald said. “Bringing it up to the Four Points Sheraton, Starwood standards.”
The renovation of the meeting rooms follows major upgrades made in the last two years to the guest rooms, lobby and Chinuk restaurant and the rebranding of the property, said David B. Storm, CEO of Providence Hospitality Partners, which manages Four Points Bellingham.
“When the ballroom and all the meeting spaces are completed, this will place the Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel and Conference Center as the premier meetings destination in the Northwest,” Storm said.
Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center is located at 714 Lakeway Drive.