DC Moves Ahead with Its Convention Center Headquarters Hotel

WASHINGTON Aug. 19, 2003 The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) today announced that Rafael Vinoly Architects, P.C. and hotel design specialist Nichols Brosch Sandoval & Associates have been selected to design the new Marriott Convention Center Headquarters Hotel, to be built between 9th and 10th St. on Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Tishman Tishman Urban Development Corporation, an affiliate of the national real estate firm Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc., was also named as developer and construction manager of the hotel. Tishman will help manage the project, including programming, design, construction and start-up of the hotel.

"The caliber and international stature of this team speaks to the importance of this project--and the interest across the world in economic development in the District," Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Eric Price said. "This hotel will complement the convention center experience and help promote strong convention center bookings."

"We are thrilled to be on the team to develop this world-class hotel. The project will provide the new convention center with a much-needed headquarters property in one of the strongest markets in the country," said John T. Livingston, President of Tishman Urban Development Corporation. The 1,500-room hotel, scheduled to open in 2008, is expected to generate 1,300 jobs and more than $19 million in annual tax revenue for the District.

A World-Class Hotel That Makes A Design Statement

"Being part of this project in Washington, D.C. is both an extraordinary opportunity to redefine the role of contemporary architecture in the Nation's Capital, as well as an enormous challenge to prove that the city's exceptional urban design qualities can be maintained and enhanced," said Mr. Vinoly. "The headquarters hotel will provide the vibrancy that this new urban center is destined to generate."

The selection of Vinoly/Nichols and Tishman was made in collaboration with land owner Gould Property Company and hotel operator Marriott International. The development and design team will immediately begin conceptual design to evaluate the opportunities and constraints of the site.

About Rafael Vinoly

Founded in 1982, Rafael Vinoly Architects, P.C. is an internationally recognized architectural firm with offices in New York and London. The firm's New York office provides comprehensive services in architecture, urban planning, and interior design for new facilities and renovations.

Recently completed projects by the firm include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, and the Tokyo International Forum. Current projects include a new performance hall for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Cleveland Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, and the expansion and plaza renovation of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

About Nichols Brosch Sandoval & Associates

Founded in 1967, Miami-based Nichols Brosch Sandoval & Associates is an architectural firm with extensive experience designing hotels and resorts, mixed-use buildings, and office buildings. The firm designed the recently completed Loews Miami Beach Convention Hotel and the Marriott Waterside Tampa Convention Center Hotel.

About Tishman

Tishman Urban Development Corporation (TUDC) specializes in the development and management of large-scale, public/private projects and joint-venture real estate opportunities. It is an affiliate of Tishman Realty & Construction Co., Inc., a leading New York-based Developer, Owner, and Builder founded in 1898. Tishman is responsible for the construction of more than 400 million square feet of space nationally.

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