DLR Group Continues to Design U.S. Rollout of AC Hotels by Marriott
The AC Hotels by Marriott march into urban neighborhoods across the country continues to expand. DLR Group is currently designing six AC Hotels by Marriott that will open in 2017. Launched in Europe with the successful partnership of Marriott and AC Hotels in 2011, Marriott then moved to open AC Hotels by Marriott in the United States.
DLR Group’s first design was the AC Hotel by Marriott Westport in Kansas City, which opened in 2015, followed by the recently opened AC Hotel San Jose Downtown and the AC Hotel Raleigh North Hills. Other AC Hotels designed by DLR Group to open this year include: Gainesville, Fla.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; San Francisco; and Spartanburg, S.C.
“DLR Group’s designs seek to interpret and deliver the AC Hotels by Marriott brand vision and spirit in a unique, sophisticated way, catered to each location,” said DLR Group Global Hospitality Leader Tom Mitchell. “Our aim is to be the most valued design partner to Marriott and our owners by listening to the brand and successfully executing on schedule and on budget.”
DLR Group designed the first AC Hotel by Marriott on the West Coast, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. DLR Group partnered with TPG and Rockbridge to design the property to offer walkability to entertainment, dining, and transportation. Using energy saving technologies, such as light harvesting and architectural louver sunshades, the AC Hotel San Jose Downtown is certified LEED Gold.
DLR Group’s most recent design to open is the AC Hotel Raleigh North Hills, a collaboration between DLR Group, Concord Hospitality and Marriott. The design creates a true local experience connecting both travelers and local residents within the rich, urban context of the North Hills neighborhood. The AC Hotel Raleigh North Hills utilizes a sky lobby and amenity floor at the top of the building as a focal point of the design.
To date, the DLR Group Hospitality Studio has designed 12 AC Hotels by Marriott:
- Menlo Park, Calif.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- San Jose, Calif.
- Santa Clara, Calif.
- Sunnyvale, Calif.
- Gainesville, Fla.
- Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Raleigh, N.C.
- Spartanburg, S.C.
- Bellevue, Wash.
DLR Group’s integrated design approach for the AC Hotels by Marriott design program delivers a wide range of services including: architecture, interior design, engineering, energy modeling, and commissioning through the design and construction process. The firm has partnered with various developers including: T2 Development, OTO Development, FPG Development, Concord Hospitality, Rockbridge, Noble Investment Group, and CWD Real Estate Investment, for its AC Hotels by Marriott portfolio.