J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Jr., chairman and CEO of
Marriott International has picked up a shovel to herald the
construction start of a new, 154-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by
Marriott-Inner Harbor at Historic Brewers’ Park to open in the spring of
The first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design)-certified hotel in Baltimore City and one of several “green”
Marriott hotels planned for the LEED certification company-wide over the
next five years, the hotel’s three-pronged ownership includes
minority-owned A&R Development, a division of A&R Companies of Baltimore
and Washington, D.C.
Long-time Marriott franchisees Summit Associates, LLC, and Hospitality
Partners, which will also manage the hotel, also co-own the hotel. Project
cost is $23 million.
“The new Fairfield Inn & Suites will bring us closer to achieving two
major Marriott initiatives—to become a greener and a more diverse
company,” said Bill Marriott. “By 2010, we plan to have 500 minority- and
women-owned hotels—we’re currently at 400—and Marriott is on track to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 million tons, a goal we set in 2000.”
Theo Rodgers, president of A&R Development, embraced Marriott’s
diversity goals, adding, “We are proud that our first hotel project carries
the Marriott flag.”
Gene Singleton, president of Summit Associates, said that the hotel is
in the historic Jonestown District, on Baltimore’s Heritage Walk, and on
the site of the former Baltimore Brewing Company at Brewer’s Park.
In keeping with the green theme, Singleton noted that materials from
the original brewery—such as beer storage tanks that will be used to
collect rainwater, hardware, bricks, and the original Baltimore Brewery
sign—will be incorporated into the hotel’s design.
Singleton saluted the hotel’s interior designer, George Conte, who
worked with the owners to create public spaces that would “emulate what was
there”—a favorite and welcoming community gathering place; and said that
the hotel is complying, both during and after construction, with LEED
guidelines established by the United States Green Building Council.
James B. Kraft, Baltimore City Councilman and “champion” of the city’s
Cleaner Greener Baltimore initiative, said, “In 2009, LEED certification
will be a requirement for all Baltimore City developers. That’s how
strongly we feel about the importance of green building. The Fairfield Inn
& Suites by Marriott is taking this step without being required to do so by
law—they are doing this because it’s the right thing to do. I am honored
to help commemorate this milestone in our city, and I hope that this
project will serve as a model for future development.”