Portman Architects are breaking ground on the highly anticipated Downtown hotel

Salt Lake City to rise with new sustainable convention center hotel.

Portman Architects are breaking ground on the highly anticipated hotel.

Portman Architects has designed the state-of-the-art Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City hotel that is scheduled to start construction on Friday at 12pm MST. Opening in 2022, the hotel is set to become a catalyst for growth by transforming the urban landscape, addressing environmental goals and strengthening the local economy. The project will mark the first large 4-star hotel in the area since the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in 2002.

Salt Lake City has ambitious sustainability goals to be 100% renewable by 2030 and cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2040 under Mayor Jacqueline Biskupski’s leadership. Portman Architects’ sustainable design initiatives for the hotel are intended to help put the city in a position to lead the country in renewables and carbon reduction under its revamped C-PACE program.

The innovative project will encompass a 700-room, 26-story hotel with 60,000 square feet of meeting space, addressing the demand for large capacity hotels for Salt Lake City’s growing convention industry. The elegant designs work in harmony with the neighborhood and are complete with two separate restaurants, a lobby bar, an outdoor amenity area with a relaxing green space, a pool and a 7,500 square feet terrace for events and activities. The project is a result of Portman Architects’ collaboration with the local firm FFKR Architects who have a reputation for environmental leadership and the innovative development company Portman Holdings.

“This is one of the most exciting developments we’ve seen in the last 20 years,” said Mark White, Senior VP of Sales & Services for Visit Salt Lake. “It takes full advantage of our stunning mountain backdrop and the downtown’s urban setting. Our sales team now has everything meeting professionals want, and we’re ready to compete for more and larger tradeshows and conventions.”

The hotel will be connected to the Salt Palace Convention Center for seamless access and proximity to nearby attractions. With large windows to frame impressive mountain views, Portman’s architectural design also features soft curves to echo the Convention Center’s iconic cylindrical structure. The project is expected to become the center of activity in the area as a place to work, meet and play.

An internationally renowned architectural design firm, Portman Architects pride themselves on creating progressive, productive and positive places that inspire people to live better. The firm’s plans for the Salt Lake City hotel are due to anchor the transformation of the Downtown and Salt Palace districts for a thriving city that’s fit for the future.