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    Portland Business Journal: Contractor takes a bow as Pearl's Marriott begins operations

    May 01, 2014

    By Wendy Culverwell

    The Pearl District’s first hotel opened April 11 and the contractor for the noteworthy project is taking a bow.

    Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company, constructed the $50 million, 223-room Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Pearl District for client Williams/Dame & Associates.

    “We are very proud to have built numerous hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Jim Sather, Oregon division president. “The Residence Inn is the first hotel located in the heart of the Pearl District, and has special meaning because it speaks highly to the continued growth of Portland’s urban core – and it is just down the street from our Portland office.”

    The Howard S. Wright team consisted of Ryan McGrew, project manager, Dan Clark, senior superintendent; Allyn Perkowski, superintendent; Peter Meyers, senior project engineer and Sarah Sanseri, project accountant.

    The Marriott, 1150 N.W. Ninth Ave., strikes a note on numerous fronts.

    It is the first ground-up hotel constructed in the downtown area in recent years. It is the first Portland project funded through the EB-5 immigrant investor program, which rewards immigrants who invest at least $500,000 with green cards for them and their families. Williams/Dame marketed the project to Chinese investors.

    SERA Architects designed the six-story building which is seeking LEED Silver certification.

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