The development team behind the 975-key Signia by Hilton hotel planned for the Georgia World Congress Center campus in downtown Atlanta has broken ground on the project, it announced last week.
The hotel, which will rise 40 stories, is being developed by Boston-based Drew Company on Georgia World Congress Center Authority-owned land and will overlook Mercedes-Benz Stadium from the north. Architect Gensler is also involved in the project, as are Skanska and SG Contracting in a joint venture serving as the development’s general contractor. The new hotel will be operated by Hilton Management Services and is expected to finish construction by the end of 2023.
The groundbreaking is the first for what Hilton characterizes as a “premier meetings and events brand.” Designs call for it to be connected to the Congress Center.
“Signia by Hilton Atlanta completes our vision for a connected campus and delivers a package of facilities unrivaled in any city in the United States,” GWCA Executive Director Frank Poe said in a statement. “More importantly, it solidifies the Authority’s status as the economic catalyst for the area, spurring billions in growth along the west side of our campus.”
Plans call for 75,000 square feet of event space, including a roughly 40,000-square-foot grand ballroom and about 18,000 square feet of meeting rooms. The hotel will also have more than 32,000 square feet of amenities, including restaurant, bar, and wellness offerings.
Guests will have access to features like a “Digital Key,” which will allow them to check in, enter, and control room settings through a smartphone.
The hotel development coincides with other GWCCA campus projects, including ongoing work for the Andrew Young International Boulevard Pedestrian Mall, as well as a transportation depot aimed at alleviating Marietta Street corridor congestion.