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Courtyard Marriott at Philadelphia Navy Yard – INTECH Construction

Bringing the First Hotel to an Urban Campus

Courtyard Marriott is bringing a hotel with 174 guest rooms to Philadelphia Navy Yard’s 1,200-acre urban campus. The hotel, owned by Ensemble Hotel Partners LLC, contracted Philadelphia-based INTECH Construction (INTECH) as the project’s design-builder.

The five-story hotel is the latest addition to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, which serves as an urban, mixed-use development. The urban campus, conveniently located near the city’s sports complex and Philadelphia International Airport, is quickly becoming a business destination. Therefore, the 97,000-square foot hotel will provide 2,000 square feet of meeting space, a restaurant and lounge, complete with park views, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

According to Andrew Good, project manager for INTECH, the company has assembled a team of 10 design consultants and 25 subcontractors to guide the project from conception through construction. Weekly coordination meetings are a critical part of INTECH’s plan for managing the project schedule, budget and execution of design.

Ground broke on the Courtyard Marriot in October 2012. The hotel is expected to be complete and open for business by December 2013, with the total cost at $34 million. “It’s a very aggressive schedule,” says Good. “We are working closely with the developer and design teams to ensure the budget is adhered to and the project delivery date is maintained.”

Marriott International Inc. (Marriott), headquartered in Bethesda, Md., has 3,187 locations across the country. In Pennsylvania alone there are 116 Marriott hotels. Adding a location in Pennsylvania Navy Yard will help return life to the nation’s first naval shipyard, which was closed September 1995.

Marriott puts a strong emphasis on building properties that respect the surroundings and are environmentally sustainable. In 2009 the company reduced energy consumption in its domestic hotels by five percent per available room. According to Good, Marriott is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Program (LVP), which streamlines the certification process through a preapproved design approach. Marriot’s focus on sustainability includes attention to minimizing energy use, water consumption and construction waste. Good points out that the new hotel at Philadelphia Navy Yard will seek LEED certification.

Building a Multiunit Complex

Fittingly, INTECH specializes in design-build work of apartments, dormitories and hotels. Founded by Craig Sabatino and Will Schwartz, INTECH prides itself on being a firm that attracts high-end clients based on the construction company’s expectations-exceeding quality of work. The company values being a member of the Philadelphia community and is committed to delivering excellence with every job.

In 2004 Philadelphia developed a master plan aimed at converting the base. The urban campus design will combine manufacturing, research and office space, as well as housing. This initiative has led to a noticeable increase in the number of new Navy Yard construction projects over the past two years. At the time of groundbreaking, two buildings adjacent to the Marriott site were scheduled to open within five months.

The building façade integrates composite metal panels of varying color and depth with floor-to-ceiling guestroom windows. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, the hotel will open as a custom addition to the Courtyard by Marriott family. The building structure consists of a single-story, steel-framed podium, which supports four additional stories of metal stud-bearing walls and precast concrete plank.

Boosting the Economy

The urban campus is expected to be home to more than 120 establishments and 10,000 employees by the end of 2013. The hotel itself will be responsible for 400 construction jobs as it is erected. After the Courtyard by Marriott is open, it will employ 50 to 60 people.

Michael Nutter, Philadelphia’s mayor, has been quoted as saying this development will serve as an economic boost for the city. He says, “This new hotel is a great addition to the growing and dynamic business campus being built at The Navy Yard.”

The project is being funded through The Welcome Fund, which provides low-interest capital for Philadelphia projects that will create many jobs. The hotel, with its upscale amenities, will be the sixth property on the urban campus, and the Courtyard Marriott at the Philadelphia Navy Yard will further the site’s emphasis on modernity as it provides a stylish building on campus.

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