Tvsdesign expands event space of Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Tvsdesign’s Patricia Richey leads expansion of Marriott Marquis San Diego.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, is undergoing an expansion set to be completed this June. The property’s approximately $107-million investment into its meeting and event offerings will increase the meeting, indoor and outdoor event space to 280,000 square feet.

The renovation’s showpiece consists of two 36,000 square-foot ballrooms (Marriott Grand Ballroom & Pacific Ballroom), each capable of accommodating up to 3,700 guests. Set to be the largest ballrooms on the West Coast, both will have foyers reaching up to 25,000 square feet.

A new building, which will complement the hotel’s existing towers, will be positioned on the waterfront and will have a blue glass design that will make use of the natural light. The space was envisioned by Tvsdesign. Design details will include wave patterns adorning the ceilings and “Tidal,” a Swarovski crystal ceiling installation, located in the ballrooms’ pre-function space.

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According to Patricia Richey, lead designer and principal of Tvsdesign, the design team drew inspiration from the community with its coastline, which was incorporated into the design.

Set against the backdrop of the city, the customizable space will have an elliptical glass curtain, offering views. Amenities will include a 16-screen video wall system, which is exclusive to the hotel.

As part of the expansion, the hotel is also completing Marina Terrace, 27,000 square feet of paved outdoor event space overlooking their marina. Situated between downtown San Diego and the bay, Marina Terrace will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 guests.

A final piece of the renovation will be Marriott Marquis’ Marina Walk, a landscaped walkway. This will have two public artworks by Los Angeles-based art collective, “After Architecture,” which are “Tide,” an exterior sculpture comprised of a series of LED-illuminated waves, and "Kelp," an installation constructed of painted steel strips and symbolic of sunlight kelp on the ocean floor. Marina Walk’s finishing touches will include bike racks and benches.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina