MENLO PARK, CA—Ensemble Real Estate Investments and AECOM Capital have broken ground on a 250-room luxury lifestyle hotel in Silicon Valley, CA, the first in decades to be built there from the ground up, according to the companies. The 11-story hotel, which will be a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is a key component of Silicon Valley’s Menlo Gateway project, which will transform 16 acres of industrial land east of Highway 101 in Menlo Park into a work and leisure environment.
Menlo Gateway will be developed by the Bohannon Development Company. In addition to the hotel, it will include three office buildings and accompanying parking structures, a Bay Club fitness facility and outdoor amenities.
Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group Architecture has been selected as the hotel project architects. McCartan Interior Design, based in New York, is providing interior design services. The property is expected to open for business in late 2017.
“This hotel highlights the ability of AECOM Capital and Ensemble to successfully partner with project owners and municipal stakeholders to design an independent lifestyle property that adds value to the surrounding community,” said Brian Ehrlich, chief investment officer at Ensemble Real Estate Investments. “Our goal is to create a boldly original facility that honors the unique ethos and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley—a place that will be a neighborhood after-hours retreat for locals, and a must-stay destination for taste-making travelers and corporate leaders.”
The property will be a full-service, four-star hotel will be built to the LEED Silver level of certification for sustainability, and feature architectural design elements that pay homage to the curved bow of an elegant sailing ship, according to AECOM Capital.
The Autograph Collection hotel in Menlo Park will offer 250 guestrooms, including 43 suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the San Francisco Bay; a zero-edge pool and spa, cabanas and fire pits; a community centerpiece of social food and beverage experiences created in partnership with a local celebrity chef and restaurateur, including a three-meal restaurant, lobby coffee market, and poolside bar; 20,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including a 6,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, executive boardroom with terrace and a 3,000-sq.-ft. event lawn; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and a Marriott Rewards lounge.
“This project represents our first investment in the Bay Area, and addresses the need for more hotel rooms in Menlo Park to support the growing demand of the technology industry,” said John Livingston, CEO of AECOM Capital.