When Michael Suomi, principal and VP of interior design at Stonehill & Taylor, told the team behind the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis that he wanted to use goods made locally for the majority of the project, the client added one big caveat. "They had a desire to spend their dollars in the U.S. and in Canada," says Suomi. "But they made it clear that they would not spend one penny more than if they were making it overseas." Suomi's firm met that challenge. A whopping 85 percent of the project's furniture, fixtures and equipment were produced in North America, drawing heaviliy on sources within a 500-mile radius of the site. Local craftsmen worked to produce custom pieces like a ceiling-high stone fireplace in the lobby framed by rustic wooden logs, a bar made locally of 13-foot-tall walnut and mirrored panels, and bathroom counter tops of locally quarried stone.