Memphis-based architecture firm Hnedak Bobo Group worked with Elvis Presley Enterprises for years to study and research the hotel project, which entails building a 450-room resort-style hotel called the Guest House at Graceland north of Presley’ Graceland mansion in Whitehaven.
And the firm’s design team included three experienced designers who brought to the project their years of experience designing a variety of prominent buildings and landmarks in the Memphis area.
Those projects include everything from the FedEx World Headquarters to the Main Street Mall Downtown and the Westin Memphis Beale Street Hotel.
Leading the team of HBG designers is Mark Weaver, a 30-year veteran of the firm who says he was especially drawn to the historic legacy surrounding the new hotel project, for which officials, including Presley’s wife, Priscilla, broke ground earlier this month during the annual observance of the singer’s death.
And once it’s finished, the hotel project will represent the largest such project in Shelby County in 30 years, according to Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau president Kevin Kane.