Metro, Mortenson and Hyatt break ground on 600-room Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Metro, Mortenson and Hyatt Metro have broken ground on the long-awaited 600-room Hyatt Regency Portland in the city’s Lloyd District.

Slated for completion in 2019, the $220 million project is expected to draw new events and hundreds of thousands of new visitors to the region, while magnifying the Oregon Convention Center’s role as an economic engine.

The Hyatt Regency brand experience is designed around one objective: to connect today’s travelers to who and what matters most to them. Located north of the existing Oregon Convention Center, the 14-story Hyatt Regency Portland will include 32,000 square feet of meeting venues, with a lobby, bar, restaurant, gym and gathering areas for guests to relax, meet, engage, and recharge.

Mortenson is the project developer and design-builder and an affiliate of Hyatt serves as the owner and operator. ESG Architects designed the hotel.

The Oregon Convention Center opened in 1990, and was expanded in 2003. Since its debut, many have cited the need for a nearby hotel to serve convention-goers and to draw more events. Nearly three decades later, those aspirations inched closer to reality with a public groundbreaking ceremony and a reception attended by several hundred guests, also co-hosted by Travel Portland and Metro, the regional agency that owns and operates the convention center.

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ÒToday, we took a huge step towards making the convention center hotel a reality,Ó said Metro Council President Tom Hughes. ÒThe economic impact of adding this hotel to Portland’s supply will be felt not just in the city, but throughout the metropolitan region and entire state,Ó he added.

The hotel will be located near several bus lines, a streetcar line, the MAX light-rail line, and a bike-share station, providing visitors with quick access to downtown Portland, the central eastside and the airport.

ÒEvery city has its iconic buildings, and for Portland, the Oregon Convention Center and its twin spire towers assume that role,Ó said Dan Mehls, Vice President and General Manager at Mortenson. ÒMortenson is thrilled to begin work on the newest addition to the city’s front porch Ð the Hyatt Regency Portland.Ó

Metro, in partnership with the City of Portland, the Prosper Portland, and Multnomah County, led the effort to develop Hyatt Regency Portland and to ensure that it benefits the region’s diverse population by creating jobs and economic opportunity.

With $150 million of the total $224 million project cost coming from the hotel developer, Hyatt Regency Portland marks a massive private investment in the Lloyd District. More than 80 per cent of the public investment in the project comes from a $60 million Metro revenue bond that will be repaid with taxes generated by hotel guests. The balance of the public investment includes $10 million in state lottery funds and a $4 million grant from the Oregon Convention Center’s reserves.

ÒWe are excited to be here, alongside our partners, celebrating the groundbreaking of Hyatt Regency Portland at Oregon Convention Center,Ó said Jordan Meisner, Senior Vice President of Field Operations, Hyatt. ÒThe hotel will be built to benefit the local community who work and live here, the eight million people who visit Portland annually, and the hundreds of individuals the hotel will employ.Ó

According to a Metro survey, 79 per cent of national meeting planners said they were more likely to book events at the Oregon Convention Center if there was an amenity-rich hotel next door.

When it debuts, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center is expected to draw between five and 10 major new convention events each year, attracting hundreds of thousands of additional visitors to Portland and boosting annual hotel business in the Portland area by between 70,000 and 110,000 new room-nights.

The hotel’s opening is expected to boost tourism spending in the region by $120 million annually, while generating $10 million in new tax revenue each year, according to Metro. The Portland metropolitan area can also expect total convention-related spending to approach more than $1 billion annually.

Construction will create approximately 2,000 jobs in the building trades, and once the hotel is open, it is expected to support 950 permanent hotel, hospitality and tourism-related jobs. During construction, Metro will work with Mortenson to focus on jobs and training for people of color and women.

Portland’s continued emergence as a travel and convention destination has already spurred a hotel boom, with 3,000 rooms in the city’s pipeline beginning in 2017, according to Travel Portland.

For more information on Hyatt Regency Portland, visit: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/oregon-convention-center-hotel.

 

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