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About the future Marriott branded Hotel:

  • Operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts
  • 23 stories – 2nd tallest building in Tacoma
  • 304 guest rooms
  • Four-star standard with high end luxury amenities
  • Multiple meeting spaces to compliment GTCC space including:
    • Approximately 9,000 square feet of event space
    • A ballroom which is divisible into three rooms and totals 10,000 square feet
    • The sixth floor garden terrace with views of the City and waterfront
    • Connects to the GTCC on the ballroom level with a grand promenade that features large glass windows and views of Mt. Rainier
  • Restaurant and lounge areas
  • Suites include two 1000 square foot Presidential Suites and four additional luxury suites, located on the 22nd and 23rd floors
  • Hotel pool and fitness center on the 5th floor
  • Street level retail space
  • Parking facilities, including 380 spaces within the hotel podium
  • Design will reflect a transition from the modern Convention Center to the historic Carlton Building with a six level podium located between the two buildings

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Tacoma Venues & Events Department Renames Convention Center and Unveils Logo

Tacoma Venues & Events, the managing department for the City of Tacoma’s prolific venues, announced today the rebranding of the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (removing “& Trade”) and presenting a new brand identity. The fresh brand celebrates the Pacific Northwest, downtown Tacoma, and the culture of service offered at one of Washington State’s largest convention centers.

The brand image enhances marketing and sales efforts by defining what is appealing about the facility and region. The ‘greater than’ symbol seen within the new logo illustrates the service provided by the team of experts that collaborate with clients in all aspects of event planning from safety to audio visual, catering to ticketing. The symbol and tag line “Something Greater” evokes the transformative nature of events held at the facility.

“The launch of our new brand reflects the artful, modern style of the facility and connects us with our clients in our promise to provide ‘something greater’,” stated Kim Bedier, Director for Tacoma Venues & Events, City of Tacoma.  “Every event presented here holds a promise of something greater for the guest. Whether they are getting married, performing in a competition, supporting a non-profit, or networking at a conference, we hope that everyone comes away with something greater after a visit to the Convention Center.”

Hemisphere Design & Marketing of Tacoma was engaged to develop a memorable and distinct brand. Through their research interviews with stakeholders and focus groups, the Convention Center’s brand was identified for the greater value it provides, the overall experience customers expect, and the personality of the venue and the region.  Download the new logo here.

“The Public Facilities District (PFD) was formed to construct the Greater Tacoma Convention Center to act as an economic engine for the entire region. With PFD participants that include Fife, Lakewood, University Place and Pierce County, I am pleased to see the focus on the greater Tacoma area conveyed throughout the facility’s strategic communications,” stated Connie Ladenburg, President for the PFD and Pierce County Council Member.

Construction began in April to prepare the building site for a new 4-star hotel. In coordination with the brand change, the venue’s official address has also been changed to 1500 Commerce Street. Aramark’s Executive Chef Brooks Magnuson will also be releasing a new menu this month.

“Tacoma is earning a reputation as a convention destination nationally. Our team is looking forward to using these tools for continued growth in the number, diversity and the scope of the events we book,” said Bennish Brown, President and CEO for Travel Tacoma + Pierce County, the area’s destination marketing organization.

The Greater Tacoma Convention Center was recently recognized by meetingsource.com as #4 for top small convention cities. The facility hosts more than 125,000 attendees at 200 events annually, with events ranging from multi-day conventions, to cheer and dance events, elegant weddings, non-profit-galas and military balls.  

About Tacoma Venues & Events (formerly Public Assembly Facilities):  The City of Tacoma enhances quality of life for the community and drives economic vitality through its premier venues and diverse entertainment opportunities.  Tacoma Venues & Events manages these renowned venues which include the Tacoma Dome, one of the world’s largest wood domed structures with flexible seating configurations ranging from 5,000-23,000; the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, artful and modern with its trademark glass walls and 119,000 square feet of event space; Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers; and the Broadway Center’s historic Pantages and Rialto Theaters, and Theatre on the Square.  The department collaborates with Travel Tacoma and Tacoma South Sound Sports to generate events for the region.

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Tammi Bryant
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Our New Headquarters Hotel is Coming Soon!

The new Marriott branded hotel, expected to open in 2020, will rise 23 stories tall, include 304 guest rooms, and will be connected to the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

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Timeline

  • Ground breaking ceremony: August 8, 2017
  • Demolition start: Late Summer 2017
  • Crane Arrival and Assembly: Late Fall 2017
  • Six Floor Podium Core and Shell Construction: Late Fall 2017-Late Summer 2018
  • Tower Core, Decks, Structural Steel, and Roof: Late Summer 2018-Spring 2019
  • Interior Work Begins: Late 2018/Early 2019
  • Projected Completion: 2020

Construction Information

  • Developer: Yareton Investment & Management 
  • General Contractor: Absher Construction Company
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Cost: $85 million dollar hotel with no City of Tacoma subsidy involved
  • Normal construction hours will be Monday through Friday, 7AM to 5PM
  • High noise activities will be coordinated with the Convention Center as well as the surrounding neighbors
  • Construction vehicle traffic will be managed to reduce impact.

 Economic Impact

  • Hotel will employ 160 full time hospitality and sales jobs 
  • Over 1,000 jobs will be generated during the estimated 3 year construction period with as many as 200 workers on the site at one time
  • Absher Construction will promote local hiring through City of Tacoma’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program and Local Employment Apprenticeship Program (LEAP). Total apprenticeship utilization is expected to exceed 15%.
  • Estimated annual property taxes $280,200 to the City with a total of $1.43 million to all taxing jurisdictions 
  • Additional revenue to B&O, sales, utility, and hotel-motel taxes that will be reinvested into Tacoma and Pierce County

Did You Know?

  • The free standing tower crane used in the Hotel construction is the highest in Tacoma history at 314 feet tall
  • Crane max loads: At closest proximity – 26,460 lbs.; At furthest proximity – 7,720 lbs.
  • At 23 stories tall, the Marriott Seattle Tacoma will be the second tallest building in Tacoma
  • Project will utilize 5,550,000 lbs. of Rebar, 101,000,000 lbs. of Concrete, 430, 000 Linear Feet of post tension Cables

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Mobilitie, the nation’s largest privately-held wireless infrastructure provider, announced the installation of both a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Wi-Fi network, providing ubiquitous wireless coverage throughout the venues for guests. 
 
“Wireless connectivity enhances our guests’ experiences, enabling them to stay connected and share exciting moments with friends and family in real-time,” said Kim Bedier, Director Public Assembly Facilities, City of Tacoma.  “Mobilitie brought us the right solutions for coverage and capacity, and we are thrilled that our exhibitors, attendees and partners will benefit from the boosted capacity.”
 
Both the Tacoma Dome, with its large wood-domed structure, and the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, known for its trademark glass walls, now have a contiguous DAS and Wi-Fi network that are linked together.  More than 130 antennas and 190 Wi-Fi Access Points were used to build the wireless infrastructure.
 
“We are excited about our partnership with Tacoma Dome and Convention Center. Iconic venues like these require robust wireless coverage and capacity to keep guests connected to their business community, as well as with friends and family,” said Christos Karmis, President of Mobilitie. “With U.S. mobile data usage expected to increase by more than 600 percent over the next two years, we wanted to ensure that our intelligent infrastructure will support guests’ wireless needs today and in the future. Mobilitie’s DAS and Wi-Fi networks will ensure guests have uninterrupted access to voice and data services.”
 
Mobilitie’s growth has been largely fueled by its intelligent approach to telecommunications infrastructure in the U.S. Mobilitie’s partners include all major wireless carriers, as well as sports and entertainment arenas such as, Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks, Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards, Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. In addition, Mobilitie’s DAS network at Churchill Downs supported the highest-ever recorded data traffic usage during a one-hour period at the 2016 Kentucky Derby.