Although it won't open for another year, Indianapolis' new Marriott Place hotel complex is already changing the face of the city's skyline, as work began this month on the $450 million project's signature architectural element, a blue-colored glass curtain that will wrap all 34 stories of the JW Marriott Indianapolis tower—one of four Marriott brands that will be housed within the 1,626-room hotel complex adjacent to the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
When it's complete, the glass curtain will feature approximately 7,300 pieces of 4 feet-by-10 feet glass—each weighing approximately 800 pounds—manufactured by a local company, Whitestown, Ind.-based ASI Limited.
"This glass curtain wall is truly one-of-a-kind and it will dramatically change the downtown Indianapolis skyline," said Jeremy Stephenson, vice president of development for REI Investments, the hotel's developer. "We are extremely pleased that a central Indiana company is manufacturing the glass for this tremendous economic development project."
The new Marriott Place hotel complex will include a 1,005-room JW Marriott—inside the hotel tower featuring the glass curtain—a 297-room Courtyard by Marriott, a 156-room SpringHill Suites, and a 168-room Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Although each of the four Marriott hotels will retain its own brand and footprint, all will be connected by skywalks to one another and to the Indiana Convention Center.
In addition, all will have access to over 104,000 square feet of meeting space inside the JW Marriott, including a 40,500-square-foot grand ballroom.
The Courtyard, SpringHill Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites will be topped off this year for a projected opening in March 2010. The JW Marriott, meanwhile, will be topped off in the first quarter of 2010 for a projected opening in February 2011.