A developer from North Dakota is ready to break ground on its first projects in Oregon.
A plan by Fargo-based Brandt Hospitality Group calls for two new hotels on a piece of property at Cornell Oaks, a business park at the corner of Northwest 158th Avenue and Northwest Blueridge Drive in Beaverton. When completed, the two hotels will bring 224 new rooms to the Beaverton market.
The first hotel, an Element by Westin, will break ground in about a month. When completed, the four-story building will feature 107 units. In addition to offering amenities such as kitchens, the brand focuses on sustainability, including electric charging stations. The hotel should be ready for guests in about a year, according to Steve Martodam, Brandt's chief operating officer.
The second hotel, a four-story Marriott AC Hotel, will feature 117 rooms offering visitors what Martodam describes as a European hotel experience. The building is expected to break ground two or three months after construction starts on the Element hotel.
Steve Kluvers, Brandt's chief financial officer, told the Business Tribune that it's common to see two different hotel brands built next to each other in order to appeal to different markets. Marriott International acquired Westin in 2015 as part of a purchase of Starwood Hotels.
Martodam and Kluvers both have extensive experience in hotel development, having handled more than 400 hotel projects for a previous employer. They said data indicates the Portland metro market still has room for new hotel projects. Beaverton is especially attractive for new hotel development, given its aging hotel inventory.
"I think it's time to inject a little 'new' in the Beaverton market," Martodam said.
The Marriott and Westin hotels have little competition in an area that's less than a mile away from Nike's main campus and a short drive to Intel, Tektronix and other westside tech companies.
With an eye toward serving athletes who come to visit Beaverton with their families, Brandt's in-house design team, serving as project architect, tweaked the room designs to offer a higher number of suites to accommodate families. The hotels also will offer executive-style rooms.
Brandt will serve as its own general contractor for both hotels. The company will also manage the hotels once they open.
In addition, the developer also is looking for two restaurants interested in building on two pads associated with the project. The ideal tenants, Martodam told the Business Tribune, would be local or regional restaurants.
"The site is flat and easy to build on," Martodam said. "So, it would be great to find the right (restaurant) partners."
During an April 22 groundbreaking ceremony for the Cornell Oaks hotels, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle touted the city's status as an emerging hub for restaurants, retail stores and hotels. Tenant improvements and renovations in existing buildings have created new homes for several restaurants. Construction is under way on a new Public Safety Center on the site of a former community center at the corner of Hall and Allen boulevards.
In the Beaverton Round area, another hotel is slated to begin construction soon near a new apartment development, The Rise Central. The city also is gearing up to build the new Patricia Reser Community Arts Center in the area.
"Every study says we're headed down the right track," Doyle said.
While the Beaverton hotels represent Brandt's first projects in Oregon, they won't be the last. The company has a Marriott Residence Inn planned for Clackamas. The five-story, 110-room extended stay hotel will be built near Clackamas Town Center on a corner lot currently used for surface parking near the MAX light-rail line. That hotel could start construction as early as this fall.
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