API spearheading 40 hotel projects

From left: Artan and Eva Mataj and Linas Saplys, of API.

From left: Artan and Eva Mataj and Linas Saplys, of API.

OAKVILLE, Ont. — API Development Consultants was formed in 2010 with the vision of becoming the hospitality industry’s leader in planning and development design of hotels throughout Canada. The API team offers fully integrated project delivery and management services from concept to occupancy.

Starting with three people and a couple of small hotel and retail projects, they have now grown to have 25 people and 40 hotels in the pipeline from St. John’s to Vancouver.

“We’ve been doing some DoubleTrees, and dealing with a lot of prime hoteliers in the GTA and across Canada,” principal architect and planner Linas (Lin) Saplys told CLN in a recent interview. “We’ve been dealing with Canalta, and some small developments with IHG, and also with Silver Hotels. We’ve been fairly active.”

In addition to hotels, the company has worked on retirement homes — a logical progression from hotels — condos, apartments, houses, office buildings and retail.

“API Development Consultants is a facilitator and co-ordinator of professionals that includes two architectural firms, Saplys Architects and Fabiani residential architects. Now we are doing construction projects to the tune of $500 million,” said Artan Mataj, senior architect.

The company planned to open six hotels between October and January. These include a Hampton Inn & Suites in Medicine Hat, Alta., another at Saskatoon Airport, a Canalta in Kindersley, Sask., a Home2 Suites in Milton, Ont., a TownePlace Suites in Kincardine, Ont. and a Holiday Inn Express and Conference Centre in Oshawa, Ont. This month, they plan to open another Hampton Inn in Sarnia, Ont.

This coming year, they have conversions planned, including a Courtyard by Marriott in Oshawa, formerly a Holiday Inn Express; and a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Halifax, formerly a Quality Inn.

‘We have an innovative design approach,” Saplys said. “We have strong ties with the brands, but we push the concepts.”

“We are striving for new materials and new methods of construction,” added Mataj, adding that while the firm does conversions, its main business is new builds. 

For example, the Sarnia Hampton being built for Vrancor Hospitality uses modular construction. 

“The hotel was totally built out of precast panels — floors, walls, stairs, elevator shafts and exterior skin. It was assembled, caulked and completed in six or seven months,” Saplys said. “We started on May 15 and expect to open in January.”