The JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown – the largest JW Marriott in the world – opened its doors last month.
The new five-star hotel, which was designed by the Chicago office of HOK stands 34 stories high, houses 1,005 guest rooms, and is the centerpiece of a $450 million, five-hotel complex called Marriott Place, which serves as the premier convention headquarters in Indianapolis.
Design of the project was led by Todd Halamka, director of design for HOK’s Chicago office.
The hotel is characterized by a 30-story guestroom tower that rises above a 4-story base and is covered in a jewel-like blue glass, creating a new landmark that transforms the city's skyline.
At the podium, materials include multi-colored masonry, curtain-wall glazing and Indiana limestone. Other design team members from HOK included Gaute Grindheim, Janet Calkins, Nageshwar Rao, Chansik Park, Susan Heinking and Joe Werla.
In addition to 1,005 new guest rooms, the JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown houses 54 meeting rooms, 104,000 square feet of event space, and a Grand Ballroom (the largest hotel ballroom in the Midwest at 40,500 square feet).
All guest rooms and suites include 40-inch LCD televisions and a plug-in panel for integrating laptops, MP3 and video players. Guests are also able to access a virtual, interactive concierge from their TV remote control.
The hotel has two restaurants, Osteria Pronto and High Velocity - Osteria Pronto is an Italian restaurant featuring fresh and authentic dishes in a casual atmosphere, while High Velocity is a sports bar featuring 50 televisions, a diverse food and beer selection, and custom cocktails.
There is also a seasonal outdoor patio with a bar and fire pit.
The complex was developed by White Lodging and REI Investments, the project team included HOK for building design and documentation, Simeone Deary Design Group for interior design, and Hunt Construction Group as general contractor.
CSO Architects of Indianapolis provided podium documentation and construction phase architectural services.