Clark Construction To Build District's First Hispanic-Owned Hotel

August 16, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clark Construction Group, LLC, has been selected as general contractor for the $37 million, 218-room Marriott Courtyard US Capitol hotel in Washington D.C. The hotel is located in the District’s up-and-coming NoMA (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood, on the corner of Florida Avenue and 2nd Street, N.E, and is the first Hispanic-owned Marriott in the District

The new hotel will stand eight stories tall with one level of below-grade parking. The building will feature street-level retail, and an exterior glass elevator that connects to a neighboring pedestrian overpass leading to the New York Avenue Metro Station. The hotel’s exterior facade is a blend of precast concrete, metal panels, Granitex, and a horizontal window system. A green roof system also will be incorporated to promote sustainability on the site.

Location considerations add to the careful design and construction of this project. The hotel is bound by the GSA/ATF building on one side and Metrorail tracks on another, just 13’ away at certain points. To minimize the noise and effects of nearby traffic, the hotel’s exterior wall will be built with multiple layers of drywall, insulation and acoustically-rated insulated glass units.

This hotel, majority-owned by Robert Finvarb of The Finvarb Group, is part of Marriott’s Diversity Ownership Initiative, introduced in 2005 to diversity the company’s ownership base. This hotel project is participating in the District’s Local, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (LSDBEs) and First Source program. The Marriott Courtyard US Capitol is set to open in 2009.

Project partners include Law Kingdon of Wichita, Kan., architect; Eller Group, Centerville, Va., project management; GHT Limited, Columbia, Md., MEP Engineer; Haynes Whaley Associates, Reston, Va., structural engineer; Edwards and Kelcey, Reston, Va., civil engineer; Jackie Arena Interiors, Palm Harbor, Fla., interiors.