November 8, 2010
The Washington Marriott Marquis breaks ground next to the city's convention center.
A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Nov. 10 for the Washington Marriott Marquis, a $520-million hotel in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Under its roof, the Washington property will house 1,175 guestrooms and 46 suites, more than 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, and five retail and restaurant outlets.
Meeting space will include a 30,000-sq.-ft. ballroom; two 10,800-sq.-ft. junior ballrooms; more than 53,000 sq. ft. of meeting rooms; an 18,800-sq.-ft. indoor event terrace and a 5,200-sq.-ft. rooftop terrace.
Adopting a top-down construction method, the building will feature 14 stories above ground and 94 ft. below, with most meeting space below grade.
Moreover, the property was designed to earn LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
The hotel is slated to open in 2014.
Visit the convention centre’s site