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A glass act: Marriott high-rise taking shape

Post Time:Mar 30,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:398

Already five stories tall and 20 percent finished, the JW Marriott, which will be the state's largest hotel when it opens in early 2011, is taking shape.

Officials in charge of the building the skyscraper gave the media a tour of the construction site. Media watched as workers carefully installed 4-by-10-foot panels of blue-colored glass.

They had 14 pieces as of 10:45 a.m. By the time the 34-story building opens, there will be 7,300 glass panels adorning the 1,005-room hotel.

 "Truly one of a kind, and it will dramatically change the downtown Indianapolis skyline," said Jeremy Stephenson, vice president of development with REI Investments.

The glass is being produced by ASI Limited in Whitestown, which specializes in building enclosures.

Besides showing off the construction, officials also unveiled a new marketing and ad campaign. From now on, the JW will be part of what's known as Marriott Place Indianapolis.

Marriott Place encompasses the JW, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Downtown and Indianapolis SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown. The latter four open in March 2010 along with the grand re-opening of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant.

The brochure reads: "145,000 square feet of space. 2,200 rooms. 5 connected hotels. One call."

Source: indystar.comAuthor: shangyi

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