Exciting news on the hotel front: the Philadelphia Navy Yard is about to get its first hotel.
The Navy Yard has become a beacon of energy and growth in recent years. As more and more companies relocate to this very unique business campus in South Philadelphia — the Navy Yard will be home to more than 120 companies and 10,000 employees by the end of 2012 — more and more amenities pop up to serve all the new daytime denizens.
It was only last month that the Navy Yard started recruiting food trucks to come feed the hungry workers at lunch. And now comes word that the Navy Yard has landed its very first hotel — a pretty big deal for one of the city’s most rapidly growing business campuses.
The five-story, 99,000-square-foot, 172-room hotel is being designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, the team behind the Pennsylvania Ballet’s state-of-the-art dream home, The Radian in University City, the Piazza at Schmidts and other major local projects.
The Navy Yard Courtyard by Marriott will be the second Courtyard by Marriott property in Philadelphia. But it will be “a highly customized version of the Marriott Courtyard brand,” according to architect Mark Miller.
What that means exactly:
• The spectacular new Courtyard by Marriott is the first hotel to be constructed at the Navy Yard, home to more than 120 companies and 10,000 employees by the end of 2012.
• When the hotel is complete, it will offer 172 rooms with executive suites, 2,000 square feet of meeting space, an upscale restaurant and lounge featuring park views and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
• In keeping with the Navy Yard’s commitment to high-quality cutting edge design, the hotel’s modern design will incorporate a rain-screen system comprised of alternating metal panels and glazing. It will vary in color and shadow depending upon the time of day and intensity of sunlight. So cool!
• The new hotel will seek LEED-certification for energy efficiency.
Philadelphia’s Navy Yard is a major hub of commercial activity for the city. It’s an exciting time for development in Philadelphia, and this brand new hotel property is just the latest example.
As Mayor Nutter put it, “This new hotel is a great addition to the growing and dynamic business campus being built at the Navy Yard.”
The Navy Yard Courtyard by Marriott is expected to open late 2013. Stay tuned for more details as the property develops. And check out a few more renderings, below.
The Philadelphia Navy Yard [Official Site]