The once barren rooftop and administration building of the Westgate Hotel has been transformed into an urban oasis in the heart of downtown. AquaVie Fitness & Wellness, the state-of-the-art, all-encompassing fitness, spa and wellness escape in the 40,000 square foot facility includes a new pool deck and event space. Hollander Design Group took on the challenge of revitalizing the 1960’s building which for the past two decades had been primarily vacant except for the active retail component fronting San Diego’s main business district right on Broadway. This proved to be one of the most difficult aspects of the project as the construction of the half-million pound pool and resulting structural work, asbestos abatement, mechanical system overhaul and building construction needed to be accomplished while the retail tenants remained open for business.
The hotel was looking to provide their guest with a luxury wellness amenity that could also be used to host the many events booked at the hotel throughout the year. The result created an environment that transforms seamlessly from fitness and lounging facility during the day to an event space at night overlooking San Diego’s spectacular cityscape.