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The Gettys Group Launches PULSE … and More

(January 2015) posted on Mon Jan 26, 2015

News for the week of Jan. 26, 2015

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The Gettys Group has named senior design director Jackson Thilenius head of its new design group, PULSE by Gettys. Based out of Gettys’ Chicago headquarters, PULSE will focus on creating spaces for the expanding lifestyle market.

Puccini Group hired Heleri Rande to serve as the company’s director of business development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in its new Paris office. Prior to joining the group, Rande had worked at Citi since 2007.

The Meridien Cos. hired Kevin Crahan as senior vice president–Gainwell Intl. sales and marketing. Gainwell Intl. is a joint venture between Gainwell Industrial, a casegoods producer based in Zhongshan, China, and Meridien, which is based in LaGrange, Ga. Prior to joining Meridien, Crahan worked for 31 years for Flexsteel Industries Inc.

Oakland, Calif.--based architecture and design firm, Arcsine, hired Jason Jones as senior architect. Previously a project architect at Gensler, Jones’s past projects include the $150 million renovation of San Francisco Intl. Airport Terminal 3 East.

E. Allan Spulecki joined Richmond, Va.-based 3north as director. Spulecki joins the design firm after spending 19 years as senior landscape architect/associate at OLIN, a Philadelphia-based design studio.

Architecture and design firm CetraRuddy announced a number of promotions and new hires including the adding Emmanuelle Slossberg to its executive committee; hiring Thomas Graul as a senior associate and technical director; and promoting Michael Simon to associate principal.

Meg Davis joined Kalisher as account director to oversee the curation and creation of custom art packages across the hospitality and healthcare markets. Davis spent the past seven years managing artistic projects at a Chicago art provider.


Hilton Hotels & Resorts opened the 268-key Hilton Paris Opera following a $50 million renovation of the late-1800s locale, which was originally designed by architect Juste Lisch. Richmond Intl. spearheaded the hotel’s interior refurbishment.

Construction is underway on the 180-key Shaza Kempinski Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The project is being designed by New York-Based SOMA Architects and constructed by developer Domopan in partnership with Kempinski Hotels.


Hatfield Philips Intl. sold the 253-bedroom Kurhaus Hotel in The Hague, Netherlands, to the Amrath Hotels Group for $36.6 million. The property has been rebranded as the Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus and is set to undergo a renovation. HVS Hodges Ward Elliott arranged the sale.

Civitas Capital Group closed on a $14.5 million loan to partially finance the construction of the Pasea Hotel & Spa, a 250-key development in Huntington Beach, Calif.


Two institutions in Newport, R.I.—Salve Regina University and IYRS School of Technology & Trades—have partnered to begin offering a building arts degree as part of Salve Regina’s undergraduate cultural and historic preservation program.


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