Metro, Mortenson and Hyatt broke ground on the 600-room Hyatt Regency Portland in the city’s Lloyd District. Slated for completion in 2019, the $220 million project is expected to draw new events and hundreds of thousands of new visitors to the region and to the Oregon Convention Center.
Located north of the existing Oregon Convention Center, the 14-story Hyatt Regency Portland will include 32,000 square feet of meeting venues, with a lobby, bar, restaurant, gym and gathering areas.
Mortenson is the project developer and an affiliate of Hyatt serves as the owner and operator.
ESG Architects designed the hotel.
The Oregon Convention Center opened in 1990, and was expanded in 2003. Since its debut, many have cited the need for a nearby hotel to serve convention-goers and to draw more events. Nearly three decades later, those aspirations inched closer to reality with a public groundbreaking ceremony and a reception attended by several hundred guests, also co-hosted by the DMO, Travel Portland, and Metro.
“Today, we took a huge step towards making the convention center hotel a reality,” said Metro Council president Tom Hughes. “The economic impact of adding this hotel to Portland’s supply will be felt not just in the city, but throughout the metropolitan region and entire state.”
The hotel will be located near several bus lines, a streetcar line, the MAX light-rail line and a bike-share station, providing visitors with quick access to downtown Portland, the central eastside and the airport.
“Every city has its iconic buildings, and for Portland, the Oregon Convention Center and its twin spire towers assume that role,” said Dan Mehls, vice president and general manager at Mortenson.
Metro, in partnership with the City of Portland, the Prosper Portland, and Multnomah County, led the effort to develop Hyatt Regency Portland and to ensure that it benefits the region’s diverse population.
With $150 million of the total $224 million project cost coming from the hotel developer, Hyatt Regency Portland marks a massive private investment in the Lloyd District. More than 80 percent of the public investment in the project comes from a $60 million Metro revenue bond that will be repaid with taxes generated by hotel guests. The balance of the public investment includes $10 million in state lottery funds and a $4 million grant from the Oregon Convention Center’s reserves.
“We are excited to be here, alongside our partners, celebrating the groundbreaking of Hyatt Regency Portland at Oregon Convention Center,” said Jordan Meisner, senior vice president of field operations, Hyatt. “The hotel will be built to benefit the local community who work and live here, the eight million people who visit Portland annually, and the hundreds of individuals the hotel will employ.”
According to a Metro survey, 79 percent of national meeting planners said they were more likely to book events at the Oregon Convention Center if there was an amenity-rich hotel next door.
When it debuts, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center is expected to draw between five and 10 major new convention events each year, attracting hundreds of thousands of additional visitors and boosting annual business in the area by between 70,000 and 110,000 new room-nights.