Commercial Design Portfolio

Marilyn S. Hansen, FASID, NCDIQ, IIDA has completed more than 80 hospitality design projects. During the course of her long-running career, she has completed commercial design projects in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and South Dakota.

Hotel projects consisted of new construction and renovation of existing properties, and ranged in size from 84 to 300 rooms. All projects contained design submittals to Hospitality Headquartered Design Teams for approval, such as IHG.  Her work includes the design of Ballrooms, Reception Areas, Lobbies, Restaurants, Breakfast Areas, Meeting Rooms, Fitness Centers, Pools, Public Restrooms and Guest Rooms. In many cases, Marilyn’s work has included exterior design.

Projects in Hospitality, Commercial Design and Residential Design include:

o Governor’s Residence of Nebraska, Chairperson of Design Committee
o Kinseth Hospitality
o Creighton Jesuit Residences
o Coronado Condominiums
o Regency Apartments
o Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Ashland, Nebraska
o First National Bank in Council Bluffs, Iowa
o Grandmother’s Restaurant

Hotel Projects Include:

Radisson Hotels
• Coralville, Iowa | Winner of ASID Silver Award for Contract-Hospitality, 2016
Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Pavilions
• Iowa City, Iowa / Complete 12-Story Hotel | Winner of ASID Silver Award for Contract-Hospitality, 2018
• Independence, Missouri/Public Spaces
• Council Bluffs, Iowa/Public Spaces
• Omaha, Nebraska/Renovation
• Bettendorf, Iowa/Public Spaces

• Coralville, Iowa | Winner of ASID Silver Award for Contract-Hospitality, 2016

Marriott Hotels
• Columbia, Missouri/Public Spaces
• Ankeny, Iowa / Public Space
• Bellevue, Nebraska / Convention Center

Homewood Suites
• Ankeny, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Des Moines, Iowa, Complete Hotel

Home 2
• Omaha, Nebraska/Public Spaces
• Brookfield, Wisconsin / Public Spaces

King’s Pointe
• Storm Lake, Iowa / Public Spaces

Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express
• Pella, Iowa/Public Spaces
• Dubuque, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Urbandale, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Des Moines- Mercy Campus, Iowa/Restaurant and Public Spaces | Winner of ASID Silver Award for Contract-Hospitality, 2013
• Des Moines- Drake University, Iowa/Public Spaces
• Cedar Falls, Iowa/Public Spaces
• Coralville, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Rock Island, Illinois/Complete Hotel
• Wichita, Kansas/Complete Hotel
• Overland Park, Kansas/Complete Hotel
• Grand Island, Nebraska/Complete Hotel | Winner of ASID Gold Award for Contract-Hospitality, 2011

Hampton Inn
• Lincoln, Nebraska/Complete Hotel
• Grafton, Illinois/Complete Hotel
• Council Bluffs, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Des Moines, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Dubuque, Iowa/Public Spaces
• Mason City, Iowa/Complete Hotel
• Minooka, Illinois/Complete Hotel

Design Collaboration

Marilyn has extensive experience working with architects. Some of her collaborations include:

  • Kreski Cramer, A.I.A.
  • Bruce Frazier, A.I.A.
  • Stan How Jr., F.A.I.A.
  • Michael Purdy, A.I.A.
  • Susan Rohrig, A.I.A.
  • Robert Perrin, A.I.A.
  • Kevin Hanson, A.I.A

What Our Clients Say…

We’ve been very pleased with her recommendations

...As a member of St. Margaret Mary parish council, I have worked directly with Marilyn on several projects at our church... Marilyn has a refined ability to match the appropriate design aesthetic to a particular architectural style; with a sensitivity to the sacred nature of the space. Quality and suitability of materials retain priority in her decision-making process. We've been very pleased with her recommendations and project outcomes. She is also very responsive during the design and installation phases. ...I highly recommend Marilyn for your project.

-Nick Manhart

Understood our vision and our budget and could not have done a better job exceeding our expectations

This is my heartfelt endorsement of the professionalism, creativity and customer service provided by Marilyn Hansen and The Designers. Marilyn and her staff are knowledgeable, versatile and up to date on all current design trends and provide well informed suggestions on creative materials and finishes to produce an outstanding result. Marilyn’s incredible attention to detail and sense of style add to every project’s success. The Designers understood our vision as well as our budget and could not have done a better job exceeding our expectations. I couldn’t be more confident when I recommend Marilyn and her firm, The Designers, to my clients, business associates and friends.

– Madia, Bally Castle Homes

Unique and innovative designs for our hotels that meet the traveler expectations

I have been using The Designers for the last twenty years for both residential and commercial properties.  Our commercial properties include a portfolio of many branded hotels such as Marriott, Hilton, and Holiday Inn to name a few. The Designers and in particular, Marilyn Hansen, have come up with unique and innovative designs for our hotels that meet the traveler expectations.    We have received several awards and recognition for Outstanding Design for several of our properties.   Marilyn has also helped me on a personal level as well, with my French Country Home.   I have been impressed with the quality of furnishings she carries.  My home is not just decorated, but has the look of an upscale designer.  I have been very happy with her professionalism, overall talent and the passion she brings to any project.  I enjoy working with her and her team.

– Linda Skinner, Kinseth Hospitality