NATIONAL REPORT—A dual-brand broke ground in Florida; a hotel-casino tops off in California; and there’s more new-build projects underway.
Dual-Brand Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Breaks Ground in FL
HRI Properties LLC, Hyatt and public officials broke ground on construction for the dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in downtown Tampa, FL.
The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House development opportunity was initiated by the City of Tampa and was awarded to HRI Properties through a competitive RFP process. DPR Construction was selected as the design-build contractor for the property. The project will consist of a combined new 17-story, 230-room Hyatt Place hotel and a 115room Hyatt House hotel, with approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 3,200 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space and a fully integrated 220space public parking garage. The development is expected to open in fall of 2020.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain Tops Off
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain held a topping off ceremony on Feb. 13 to celebrate this construction milestone in the project.
The project is expected to create more than 2,000 construction jobs upon its completion this fall, with nearly 750 working at peak times on the project any given day. The development includes approximately 1,500 tons of steel (1/10th the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge steel); 15,000 cubic yards of concrete (if paved, would stretch to downtown Sacramento); 550 tons of rebar steel (laid from end to end, would stretch to San Francisco); 120 miles of electrical conduit, as well as 380 miles of wire and cabling (would stretch from Sacramento to Los Angeles) being used for the project. Upon opening later this year, the hotel-casino will employ over 1,000 full-time and part-time team members.
Staybridge Suites Under Development Near Atlanta
There will be a new-build Staybridge Suites in Kennesaw, GA, a suburban area north of Atlanta. The 135-room Staybridge Suites will be owned by Apsilon Properties, which owns and operates several IHG-branded hotels in metro Atlanta.
Scheduled to open in Q1 2020, the Staybridge Suites property will feature a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. There will be an indoor pool, guest laundry and sports court for long and short-term guests to enjoy. The hotel will also include a lobby bar, a mini market, fitness facility, onsite parking and 1,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
Construction on Track for SpringHill Suites Westfield
The SpringHill Suites Westfield broke ground in mid-2018 and is on track to open in May 2019. Located near the intersection of 191st and US 31, the hotel will have 150 suites. Amenities will include complimentary WiFi throughout the property, a daily breakfast buffet, and an indoor pool and fitness room. Meeting space of nearly 1,700 sq. ft. will also be available.
The SpringHill Suites Westfield operates as a Marriott franchise and is owned by KPM Hotel Group. White Lodging is the hotel’s operator.