D.C. Celebrates Groundbreaking for Convention Center Hotel

Work has officially commenced on a much-anticipated convention center hotel in Washington, D.C., the Washington Convention and Sports Authority (WCSA) announced last week, when it hosted a Nov. 10 ground breaking ceremony with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, city officials and WCSA board members.

The hotel, the Washington Marriott Marquis, is scheduled to open in spring 2014 with 1,175 guest rooms, 46 suites, five restaurant and retail outlets, and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 30,000-square-foot grand ballroom, two 10,800-square-foot junior ballrooms, more than 53,000 square feet of meeting rooms, an 18,800-square-foot indoor event terrace and a 5,200-square-foot rooftop terrace.

"This is a monumental day for the District," Fenty said. "For some time, we have worked diligently to bring a world-class hotel to the convention center, and that will spur development and offer new jobs for District residents. Today's ground breaking for the new state-of-the-art Marriott Marquis bring approximately 1,600 construction jobs, and when the hotel opens, offers more than 1,000 jobs for District residents in the hospitality industry."

The $520 million, four-star hotel will be one of only four Marriott Marquis properties in the country, joining others in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco. Designed to be green, it also will be one of the largest LEED Silver hotels in the country.

"The ground breaking of the Washington Marriott Marquis is a big win for D.C.'s meetings and tourism industry," said Destination DC President and CEO Elliott Ferguson. "With a major new hotel attached to the convention center, meeting and event planners will find it easier to build large blocks of hotel rooms. The hotel also brings a significant amount of new meeting space, which we can marry with the space at the convention center to maximize its use. Because the hotel will be located in the heart of downtown D.C., near shops, restaurants and museums, it will also be a powerful new asset for visitors to our city to enjoy."