Thursday March 20th, 2014 - 9:03AM
AUSTIN, TX— Manchester Texas Financial Group LLC, the developer of the Fairmont Austin hotel, awarded a $247 million contract to Hunt Construction Group to bring the luxury hotel out of the ground here over the next 32 months.
The $370 million, 47-story Fairmont Austin is slated to feature more than 1,000 rooms and showcase an “aerial promenade” providing a direct connection for its patrons into the Austin Convention Center. The site is located at the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Red River Sts. across from the convention center.
Manchester Texas Financial Group LLC (MTFG), noted Hunt Construction Group previously contracted for two other large projects its parent company’s developed in San Diego, CA. MTFG, based in Austin, is a subsidiary of San Diego-based Manchester Financial Group.
Hunt constructed the 1,360-room San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina and participated in the construction of the 1,630-room Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
Douglas W. Manchester, president of MTFG, stated: “Given our long-standing relationship with Hunt Construction Group and the firm’s excellent track record in developing two outstanding, convention hotels for us in San Diego, we feel confident the same team will produce an exceptional hotel here in Austin as well.”
Locally sourced materials will be used on the exterior and the interior of the building, including Texas limestone, walnut and mesquite woods, granite and hand-tooled leathers, according to the company. Green building features will also target achieving the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification and Austin Energy’s Green Builder rating.