Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Maryland Live Casino's $200M Hotel to Break Ground in Fall

The Cordish Cos. plans to break ground in the fall on a $200 million hotel at Maryland Live Casino, an expansion that will begin just months before the MGM National Harbor opens in Prince George's County.

Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. has had plans to open a hotel alongside the casino since it opened in 2012. Now, a blueprint and timeline is in place for construction of the Live Hotel to be completed by the end of 2017.

The Cordish Cos. will begin construction on the Live Hotel this fall as part of the Maryland Live casino’s $200 million expansion.

The new 350,000-square-foot hotel building, which will stand 17 stories with 310 guest rooms and 52 suites, will sit adjacent to the state's largest casino.

"The addition of our flagship Live Hotel is just the latest investment we are making to ensure Maryland Live continues to be the preferred choice for visitors seeking a world-class gaming and entertainment experience," said Robert Norton, president of the Cordish Global Gaming Group.

Outside of guest rooms, Live Hotel will have several event and meeting spaces, including a 1,500-seat concert venue, and a banquet hall with seating up to 800 people.

The Shop Live retail store, a day spa and salon and an additional 1,000 parking spaces are also part of the plan.

On the dining side, a 24-hour cafe with open kitchen viewing and community seating will be part of the hotel along with a gelato bar and a lobby bar with more than 50 seats.

Tutor Perini Building Co. will serve as the general contractor when the project breaks ground this fall. Project completion is scheduled for fourth quarter 2017.

The Anne Arundel County Council approved the expansion project last September, including a $22.5 million tax incremental financing bond. Repayment of the bond will be made from new revenue generated by the hotel.

As part of the agreement, the event center will be available for use by the county, public schools, Anne Arundel Community College and nonprofits free of charge.

The project is expected to create nearly 400 new jobs and 550 construction jobs for the area.

MGM National Harbor, along the banks of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., is scheduled to open by year's end and will bring new competition for Maryland Live.

The $1.2 billion casino and hotel project will have 308 guest rooms as part of the 1 million-square-foot resort.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Spotlight: New Projects in Development | Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is experiencing new development on a large scale, turning the city into one of the fastest growing construction markets in the United States. From commercial offices and hotels to residential towers...

D.C. has a numerous large-scale projects that are currently under construction, or will be constructed in the near future. Here are just a few of the projects that ElectricWeb-Atlantic has been following:

Skyland Town Center / Hillcrest

Development of the 18.5-acre site where Naylor and Good Hope Roads intersect with Alabama Avenue SE stalled a bit after Wal-Mart pulled out of their agreement to construct a location there earlier this year.

The project will construct approximately 340,000 square feet of retail and 476 residential units surrounding a public square.

The plan also includes 823 parking spaces; the Skyland Development Team includes the Rappaport Companies, W.C. Smith, Torti Gallas and Partners and Michael Marshall Architecture.

Good Hope Rd SE and Alabama Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020

Poplar Point Development / Anacostia

Forest City and Perkins+Will are leading the development of 130-acre Poplar Point, sandwiched between Howard Road SE and the Anacostia River on the opposite bank from the Capitol Riverfront developments.

A three-pronged 70-acre park will be interspersed with 4,100 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of office space, 465,000 square feet of retail, and two 300-room hotels.

This will allow every residential unit to overlook public space. A pier, capped by a cultural and environmental facility, will extend to the river.

1900 Anacostia Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020

McMillan Redevelopment / Pleasant Plains

The redevelopment of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site includes 146 town homes, 677 apartments, a grocery store, other retail and medical office buildings.

The Parcel 2 building includes 236 residential units, of which 25 percent will be designated affordable, and 19,000 square feet of retail.

The building is designed by MV+A Architects.

Developers on the project are Jair Lynch Partners, EYA and Trammell Crow and architects Shalom Baranes and Perkins Easton.

1st St NW & Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20310

Barry Farm Redevelopment / Barry Farm

The plan is to demolish the 432 apartments on the site and the twelve units at Wade Apartments and replace them with up to 1,800 mixed-income residential units, 50,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, and 80,000 square feet of green space.

The residences will be a mixture of apartments, condominiums and town homes. The DC Housing Authority, A&R Development, and the nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. are presently working to secure funding and approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to begin construction on the project.

Firth Sterling Ave SE and Sumner Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020

Dulles World Center / Herndon, VA

Dulles World Center will be a massive new mixed-use community featuring more than 4.1 million square feet of office space, commercial space, retail stores, a hotel and civic use space.

The project will also construct 1,265 multifamily apartments in a series of vertically integrated buildings.

Infrastructure work is presently underway, with building construction expect to begin later this year.

Old Ox Rd. & Shaw Rd.
Herndon, VA 20166

Monday, August 8, 2016

$400M Mission Hospital Tower Largest in Asheville’s History

A massive $400 million medical tower that will soon be built at 509 Biltmore Avenue will be the largest construction project in Asheville’s history.

The new tower will allow to Mission Health to shutter its aging St. Joseph’s campus and consolidate all operations on the newer Mission campus side of the operation.

Last year, the City Council voted its approval to Mission Health to build a new 12-story, 681,000 square foot tower, which will include new operating rooms and an emergency services department.

The project’s architect is HDR and the general contractor is Turner Construction.

The project’s large size meant it required a Level III review under the city’s Unified Development Ordinance and a council vote.

The tower would have frontage on Hospital Drive and Victoria Road, replacing the St. Joseph’s hospital campus, which is on the opposite side of Biltmore from most of Mission Health’s facilities.

That has meant at times patients are transported by ambulance across the busy road.

The hospital began seriously looking at changes four years ago. The facilities at the St. Joseph’s facility were aging out, and there was a need for a new emergency department.

The St. Joseph’s facility is outdated, cannot accommodate new technology, and would be too costly to renovate.

The tower project on the Memorial Campus achieve cost savings by eliminating the duplication of services required to maintain facilities on both sides of the street, as well as to improve patients’ experience and safety by eliminating the need to transport them back and forth.

Construction on the tower, which will have two floors underground, is set to be completed in November 2018.

City planning director Tod Okolinchany said it will be the biggest project Asheville has ever seen. “The Asheville Mall exceeds 900,000 square feet but was completed in phases over several years,” he said.

The tower will have 216 beds, and services such as a heart catheter lab and endoscopy, intensive care unit and medical-surgery recovery floor, along with a cafeteria, an 84-bed emergency room, and support offices.

The project calls for retaining walls as high as 28 feet in some places. To soften their effect, the hospital plans to use plants and design elements.

There are also plans for a small park area at the corner of Hospital Drive and Biltmore.

The former St. Joe’s site will later be redeveloped to provide needed affordable housing, as well as commercial use and retail shops.