Artist rendering showing 17th floor addition to Tallahassee's DoubleTree Hotel. Artist rendering showing 17th floor addition to Tallahassee's DoubleTree Hotel. Architects Lewis + Whitlock PA

Adams Street closure marks start of 'Level 17'

Written by  Friday, 09 March 2018 09:51

HOTELS - This just in... a segment of Adams Street between Park Avenue and College Avenue is to be closed to thru-traffic for a period of almost 9 months.

That's about how long it takes for a new baby to be born or in this case, a new 17th floor addition to the DoubleTree Hotel.

According to a very brief e-mail notice in from the City of Tallahassee: 

"Starting on Monday, March 12, and lasting through December 2018, Adams Street will be closed between Park Avenue and College Avenue while a Mad Dog Construction completes work on the DoubleTree Hotel.Detours will be clearly marked. Northbound traffic will be detoured at College Avenue to Duval Street to Park Avenue, where motorists can resume travel on Adams Street. Southbound traffic will be detoured at Park Avenue to Monroe Street to College Avenue, where motorists can resume travel on Adams Street."

But the e-mail is short on specifics, fortunately for information seeking people of Tallahassee we've been tracking this development since the beginning. Here's what we can share.

This morning we spoke to Roger Barineau, project manager for the DoubleTree Hotel 17th Floor addition and he confirms that this Adams Street segment closure is indeed for the construction of the aforementioned project.

Here come the cranes!

The addition was design by Architects Lewis + Whitlock PA, and is said to be one of their most ambitious projects to date. According to the design firm's narrative for this project,

"Tallahassee’s largest downtown hotel is in the process of becoming a game changer. The entire structure will be modified to provide an experience unlike any other in Tallahassee. This phase of the multi-million dollar makeover includes the addition of a 17th floor above the existing tower. The project includes a new elevator suspended from the side of the building along with food service, restrooms, vertical circulation, and entertainment space for close to 300 persons."

This 7,500 SF addition to the iconic downtown hotel marks the final phase in a series of changes that have transformed the 239,000 SF hotel, which was originally constructed in 1972 as a Hilton. The DoubleTree hotel sits on a .980 acre parcel.

The hotel sold for $21 Million in 2014 to IB Tallahassee, LLC, a limited liability company managed by John T. Burnette, also a partner in the development of Hotel Duval. Burnette intends the project to offer hotel guests the opportunity to eat, drink, and enjoy the company of others from 17 floors above the city.  

Keep up with this project: DoubleTree 17th Floor Addition

Expect delivery of the new floor early 2019.

Comments from the Forums
Re: Adams Street closure marks start of 'Level 17' -- stjoe
2018 Mar 09 11:27:02 AM
Very cool.

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Founder of, T.J. developed this portal to showcase the progress and steady growth of Florida's capitol region. His mission is to inform residents by providing a simple and easy way to follow Tallahassee development with hopes that they become more engaged in enhancing the community we all love. Professionally, T.J. is a Community Planner for the State of Florida. He holds a Masters of Science in Planning (MSP), a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Florida State University.