Work starts on Tacoma hotel


Along with new museums, housing and a convention center, Tacoma is also getting a new downtown hotel.

The 153-room Courtyard by Marriott is under construction between Pacific Avenue and Commerce Street, at the corner of South 15th, across the street from the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, also under construction.

Hollander Investments of Bellingham is developer of the $14.5 million project. Exxel Pacific is the general contractor and Johnson Braund Design Group is the architect.

The six-story hotel will incorporate the restored Waddell Building and integrate with a new park. There will be 18,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space. Guest rooms will be located on four floors, and will include suites in the Waddell Building.

It will contain 7,000 square feet of meeting and break-out space, as well as an indoor pool and spa, exercise room, business library and lounge.

Entrances on both Commerce and Pacific streets will be connected by a grand stair and an interior courtyard.

The team also includes Poggemeyer Design Group, structural engineer; GeoEngineers, environmental and geotechnical consultant; David Evans and Associates, civil engineer; Robison Engineering, mechanical and electrical engineer; and JVH, surveying.

The new hotel is set to open, along with the convention center, in the late summer of 2004.

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