FEA Consulting Engineers provided the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, low voltage engineering design services for this project, located in San Rafael, CA, under DLR Architects: https://www.dlrgroup.com/

With amenities and views beyond what most hotels in Vancouver have offered, the AC Hotel will elevate Vancouver to a new level and attracting wealthier businesspeople and travelers to the city. It’s one of two higher-end waterfront hotels due to open soon. The seven-story AC Hotel offers 150 guest rooms. Guests will arrive at the front of the hotel, where valet is not yet part of the experience but will eventually be part of a hybrid valet and self-parking option. The self-parking garage is around the corner. Upon entering the lobby, visitors will find a slanted wooden wall to the left, a large open bar and an unobstructed view of the water ahead and reception to the right. There’s an outdoor seating area on the bottom level, where anyone on the waterfront can wander in, including cruise ship tourists embarking next door at the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1. There is seating for 162 patrons inside and 112 outside.

The hotel also has two event spaces that will bring a more lavish business clientele to Vancouver: one on the bottom floor that can host up to 240 for dinner, and a seventh-floor space that can seat 125. The event space overlooks the river, the Interstate 5 Bridge and the rest of Terminal 1. There are 153 spaces in the parking garage, and above the garage is an amenity deck, accessible from the hotel elevator, with a natural-looking landscape with native plants. It helped make the building a LEED gold-certified building, Takach said.

Costs of the hotel development exceed $50 million. It will create between 90 and 100 jobs. The hotel is the first finished redevelopment project at the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1, which adjoins The Waterfront Vancouver. It will soon be joined by a number of nearby construction projects, including apartments, the ZoomInfo headquarters and potentially a new Interstate 5 bridge. A public market is also planned by the port for the old Red Lion site at some date in the future. Construction of the hotel began in August 2019, with extraction of 700 century-old wooden pilings, one of which is now visible on the building’s history wall.

Images used from The Columbian website: https://www.columbian.com/news/2022/jun/04/new-marriott-hotel-at-vancouver-waterfront-packed-with-amenities-and-luxury-readies-for-opening/

 

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