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Downtown luxury hotel tops out

Houston Business Journal | 08.03.2016

A highly anticipated boutique downtown hotel is one step closer to delivery.

Hotel Alessandra, a 20-story, 223-room hotel, topped out on Aug. 1. The hotel is being developed by Houston-based Midway Cos. and Houston-based Valencia Group, which will operate the hotel.

Hoar Construction is the general contractor. Roughly 175,000 square feet of elevated concrete slabs were poured in nine months, according to a release from Midway. There have been 1,300 tons of rebar used during construction, and the hotel will contain around 128 miles of electrical wire upon completion. All in all, the development used 11,000 cubic yards of concrete, according to the release.

San Francisco-based Gensler's Houston and Los Angeles offices designed the hotel, which will have 10,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space, an indoor/outdoor event deck with a reflecting pool, as well as a restaurant and bar. Plans for the hotel's lobby, which was originally pegged for one of the top floors, was moved to the second floor during redesign work revealed in February 2015.

The hotel was originally expected to be complete in time for the 2017 Super Bowl, but won't be finished in time, Midway's Ann Taylor said in May. Among other things, she cited weather-related delays.

Upon its completion, Hotel Alessandra will anchor GreenStreet, a mixed-use development formerly known as Houston Pavilions that Midway is renovating. Midway tore down a GreenStreet building that housed the former Yao Restaurant & Bar to make room for the hotel last January. The hotel broke ground in spring 2015.

Midway and Valencia are also collaborating on two hospitality projects in College Station. The George, a 162-room luxury hotel, will help anchor Midway's 60-acre mixed-use called Century Square. There's also Calvary Court, another hotel in Century Square, that Midway and Valencia are developing. That hotel will contain 141 rooms and will feature rustic designs inspired by Texas A&M University traditions, according to Midway marketing materials.

Modeled after Midway's popular CityCentre complex in Houston, Century Square will include retail, entertainment space, two hotels, an office building and a mid-rise apartment complex. It should deliver this fall.