Work starts on Qatari Diar’s Conrad Washington, DC
Construction work has started on the Conrad Washington, DC, which marks the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC.
Work has started on Conrad Washington, DC, making it the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC.
Qatari Diar, the real estate development arm of the Qatar Investment Authority (and developers of Qatar’s first smart city, Lusail City), Hines, the international real estate firm, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and DC mayor Muriel Bowser, have confirmed that construction of the Conrad Washington, DC has begun.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to continue our successful partnership with Qatari Diar on our additional investment in the Conrad Washington, DC,” said Hines managing director Michael Allen, project officer for the Hines/Qatari Diar master developer team.
“We are excited to break ground on the Conrad Washington, DC because it means more jobs and opportunities for District residents and businesses,” said mayor Bowser.
The Mayor added: “This development is another positive signal of our growing economy and our emergence as a national leader in hospitality and tourism.”
Located in the heart of the capital city’s signature 10-acre neighbourhood, CityCenterDC, the luxury development covers over 9,000m² of ground-floor with 360-rooms.
The luxury hotel is the seventh building developed by Hines and Qatari Diar at CityCenterDC and is envisioned to enhance the architectural excellence within the landmark, mixed-use neighbourhood.
The lead designers for the Conrad Washington, DC are Herzog & de Meuron, led by five senior partners including Pritzker Prize Laureates Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, with HKS Architects, Inc. as architect of record.
Rottet Studio is tasked with designing the elegant hotel interiors and Turner Construction Company is the project’s general contractor.
Commenting on behalf of Qatari Diar Americas, Fabien Toscano, chief executive officer, said, “Commencement of construction on the Conrad Washington, DC is a historic milestone for the CityCenterDC project,” highlighting that the new venture “is in keeping with our vision of reflecting local characteristics and influences to create a destination designed to enhance the experience of everyone who stays and visits, and to inspire the way they choose to live, work and play for future generations.”
He emphasised that he anticipates the project becoming “a world-class development”.
Hines managing director Jonathan Fuisz said: “The Conrad flag has an excellent reputation in the luxury segment, both domestically and internationally, and we are excited to bring the brand to DC.”
John Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts added: “Washington DC is one of the few epicentres of political, cultural and economic power in the world, which makes this future hotel the perfect destination for global luxury travellers.
“We look forward to working with Hines and Qatari Diar introducing Conrad Washington, DC to the nation’s capital.”
Initial occupancy for the hotel is expected in the first quarter of 2019.