The had been vacant since the 1970s except for a parking structure. Due to its downtown location in the Heartside Historic District, it offered a lot of potential for a mixed-use project. A diverse team crafted a solution for the site that is bringing more traffic to the area: a 13-story Marriott Residence Inn® with 146 rooms and retail space on the ground level.
The Residence Inn needed to comply with the requirements of the historic commission for certain features such as massing and height, although it didn’t have to look like a period piece.
Read more about this project in the Winter 2021 issue of Ascent.
It was determined early on that the hotel would be a total–precast concrete structure, partly because of the geometry of the site, which is triangular with a heavy slope. Cast-in-place concrete or structural steel connections would have been complicated and expensive, and the steel solution required a higher floor height, which meant an increase in façade cost as well.