Hilton Columbus Downtown broke ground on a 28-story tower to create the first 1,000-room convention hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

Together with the existing Hilton, the hotel will offer 75,000 square feet of meeting space and will be the largest hotel in Ohio when it opens in 2022.

“The addition of the tower to the Hilton Columbus Downtown will allow Columbus to attract new meetings and events business,” said Don Brown, executive director, Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. “With the additional hotel inventory, we’ll be able to host high-profile, national events that will continue to highlight Columbus as a top destination.”

Designed by the architectural firm of Cooper Carry with interior design by Jeffrey Beers International, Hilton Columbus Downtown’s tower will be 28 stories including 463 guest rooms and 47,000 square feet of meeting space. All meeting rooms will feature natural light, with flexible space with interactive kitchens.

Hilton Columbus Downtown will continue to be a dining destination with the hotel introducing four new food and beverage outlets, including a new lobby bar and rooftop bar featuring an innovative mixology program.

Easily accessible from North High Street, guests and locals will enjoy a new wood-burning, open-fire concept restaurant as well as a new grab-and-go market connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

A new green roof will be home to the hotel’s urban beehives and Chef Bill Glover’s garden, to provide these natural ingredients throughout the chef’s award-winning dishes.

Throughout the addition of the tower, Hilton Columbus Downtown is open and operational. The property is located in the Short North Arts District within walking distance to more than 300 dining and entertainment venues and connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center via an enclosed skybridge.

Guests at Hilton Columbus Downtown enjoy the hotel’s $1 million art collection featuring more than 225 original works from over 100 area artists.

Information is based off a press release from Hilton Columbus Downtown.