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Skanska provided construction management services for the interior renovation of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Once construction concluded, the hotel now has an additional 40,000-SF of meeting space, bringing its grand total to 160,000-SF. A new 24,700-SF ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows and 30-foot ceilings was also built. In addition, seven new breakout rooms are available for small to mid-sized meetings, as well as a new concierge level/lounge, 2 new restaurants, a 6,700-SF health club, lounges and a business center.
It was very important to our client that the hotel remained open for business with as little disruption as possible to its guests. For this reason, renovations were phased to upgrade the South and then North ends of the building. This separation allowed clear pedestrian traffic flows and sufficient meeting space during construction.
The major challenge was maintaining the schedule. Within this phase, there were multiple milestones including completion of the ballroom, retail space, the Pulse Bar, the Velocity Bar/Restaurant, meeting rooms and updating of the entrance area. Finishing these areas necessitated keeping the areas dry during a complex vertical addition in which the old roof was completely removed. The existing building also contained a large number of unexpected, unforeseen conditions which could easily have delayed the end date of the first phase. The client requested that the project team do everything possible to maintain the original date and the team was very creative and successful in their construction methods to ensure the dates were met.
“I’ve never seen a better-renovated property in my career. It is truly spectacular.”
J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Host Marriott
Market segment: Building