LEO A DALY Designs Omaha Marriott Downtown
Hotel to debut soon in mixed-use complex
A new-build Marriott hotel will open later this month in Omaha, Nebraska, as part of the Capitol District mixed-use development. Designed by locally based LEO A DALY, the 333-key, full-service hotel is housed in a 12-story glass building that complements the roofline of the city’s convention center.
Managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts and built by JE Dunn Construction, the hotel has winged corners on its south side, allowing 270-degree views of the city skyline. On the pedestrian level, the building’s façade is transparent.
“We were careful to create as much visual frontage as possible on the street level to allow people to see and be seen,” says David Hawes, architect, LEO A DALY. “The high ceilings make the lobby a celebratory space with views to the convention center to the east, and the city skyline to the west.”
Comprised of three main areas—lounge, dining and bar—the grand lobby has an open layout that blends the areas to create what project participants describe as a cohesive but intimate gathering space.
“Hotels are becoming social hubs, places to hang out before and after events, and just popular cultural hotspots in general,” says Michelle Holmes, interior designer, LEO A DALY. “We wanted the design to encourage locals and visitors to mingle in a casual but sophisticated environment,” she adds, noting that Marriott’s “great room” lobby concept was designed to serve as a social space for the city.
Local materials such as brick and iron bring the warehouse style of the city’s Old Market neighborhood into a sophisticated space, says Holmes. Wood paneling suggests Omaha’s roots, but is tailored in a modern way to tie with Marriott’s midcentury-modern-inspired aesthetic.
“It’s all about layering textures, marrying old and new,” says Holmes.
The hotel features more than 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a rooftop swimming pool with a bar/entertainment area, a full-service restaurant and bar and an expansive fitness center.
The Marriott will be part of the Capitol District, which forms a link between the city’s events district, Riverfront, Old Market and downtown. “We wanted to create a vibrant, walkable enclave that is unlike anything else in downtown,” says Hawes. “The design invites visitors who may feel isolated in the events district to experience the real Omaha, while also creating a comfortable, active place for residents to live, work and play.”
The hotel and 218-unit Capitol District Apartments flank the district’s east and west ends. Each is home to public-facing retail and bar spaces that expand onto a central plaza, which is designed to serve as a modern town square. The buildings’ linear forms of masonry, glass and steel are “modern in form, but embrace the industrial heritage of the surrounding areas,” says Hawes.
The new apartment building was built using a proprietary modular construction system designed and engineered by Prescient. As a result, general contractor MCL Construction completed that property’s structural work on a floor-per-week basis.
The development, which also includes retail and office space and outdoor entertainment areas, will open in phases, starting with the hotel this month.