If you’ve been near the Washington Convention Center, you will definitely see a massive construction project underway. In May of 2014, the Washington Marriott Marquis will open its doors.
The LEED® Silver hotel will feature 1,175 rooms, 49 suites, over 105,000 square feet of function space, a 30,000 square-foot grand ballroom with 22 foot ceilings and two junior ballrooms. The design will be innovative, incorporating the site’s original historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, known as the “Plumbers Building.”
Not just for hotel guests, the property will also serve as a brand-new social hub for local residents with a state-of-the-art bi-level fitness center, five separate retail and restaurant spaces, and of course, a welcoming grand atrium lobby.
On July 31, 2013, camera crews and news media were invited to witness an aerial installation of the first three sculpture pieces for the museum-quality 56-foot hotel lobby.
The 27,000 lbs sculpture, created by Baltimore-based artist Rodney Carroll, “Birth of the American Flag” was hoisted high above the property and placed by a crane and through the atrium.
Rodney Carroll’s sculptures can be found in places like Symphony Center in Baltimore and the Performing Arts Center in Ormond Beach, Florida.
The new centerpiece of the hotel, “Birth of the American Flag” will be viewable from the ground-floor lobby, mezzanine, and the interior-facing guests rooms when the hotel opens May 1, 2014.
Rodney Carroll’s soon-to-be iconic sculpture will be the largest piece of art in any Marriott hotel.