The Irving City Council has approved a predevelopment agreement with Garfield Public/Private for the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas headquarters hotel.
A headquarters hotel has long been seen as a key component of the city’s visitor district, which is already occupied by the convention center. Several hotel flag brands were under review by Garfield at press time, with an official announcement expected in the near future. The full-service, upscale hotel will include approximately 350 guest rooms, along with more than 16,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. According to city leaders, all of the brands being considered would be strong fits for this project and the city at-large.
Garfield will be responsible for the project’s financing, development, design, budgeting and construction oversight. Garfield’s partners in the project will be: Austin Commercial (construction); BOKA Powell (architect/interior design); and Oaktree Capital Management (equity partner).
Irving City Council has adopted the design-build method for completion of the headquarters hotel project, which will allow construction to begin while the design takes shape and provide for added flexibility during the building process.
The addition of a headquarters hotel is a necessity for the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau to attract more traditional conventions, such as the annual meetings of state and national associations, as well as larger corporate users.
The genesis of Irving’s visitor district dates back to late 2001, when the Irving City Council authorized the purchase of a 39-acre site with a long-range vision of creating a destination that would include a convention center, headquarters hotel and an entertainment complex.
Set to break ground in early 2016, the hotel is expected to open by late 2017. To learn more about the convention center, visit irvingconventioncenter.com.