Background and Context
For the Downstream Resort, the JCJ Architecture/Manhattan Construction Design Build team was challenged to create a new, market responsive, regional destination that would rival the best in the nation and be fully operational in less than one year. The design team undertook site feasibility, master planning and full design services for hotel, food & beverage and associated amentities. Just 10 months and 26 days later, the Downstream Resort opened to great acclaim.
The Downstream Resort hotel is a 12-story, 222-room hotel with outdoor pool, fitness room, expansive entertainment terrace. JCJ merged indigenous architectural styles with Quapaw Tribal iconography to create a sophisticated, cultural expression. Careful research of tribal artifacts revealed a recurring “interlaced spiral” emblem which became inspiration for much of the interior design direction, including the central feature of the main bar: a large-scale, color-changing spiral cable and light sculpture.
Following the hotel design and construction, smaller expansions included the Pavilion, a multi-use entertainment/conference facility with regular live theatre and concert bookings and the Downstream Learning Center, which provides child care for 6-12 years olds, open exclusively to employees of the Downstream Resort. In 2013, the JCJ/Manhattan design and construction team completed the second phase of development. Project scope included a $40 million, 152 room hotel, spa and expanded food and beverage options and event spaces.