The presentation ceremonies began this 13th annual event with an exciting five-minute video reviewing the past Q Award recipients. Many of the past recipients are some of Southern California’s most iconic structures including Our Lady of the Angeles Cathedral, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, the Getty Villa, and more. Mr. Steinhauer was proud to know his structure is held in high esteem along with previous Q Award recipients.
Ron Miller provided insight into the Marriott’s decision to build its structure with union crafts workers. Speaking to the many attendees representing the various building trades, Miller said, “When this project broke in 2012, the Great Recession had stalled many of our projects. Times were tough. They’re looking up now, but we can’t rest on our laurels. We have to keep moving ahead and build new projects in LA. And with the unions and the contractors in this room, you guys are the bunch to make it happen. So thank you.”
LA Board of Public Works President Kevin James said, “This project is an important part of our city’s tourism and convention industries. It’s a property we have needed for many, many years. And quality construction is an absolute must for our city and our residents.”
A special aspect of the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE is its footprint of 35,000 square feet whereas the structure was completed at 371,000 square feet. The building is expected to be LEED Certified Silver. The combined double branded hotel includes 10,800 square feet of meeting space, a theatre/library in the lobby, a 24-hour business center, a 24-hour state-of-the-art gym, third floor pool deck, a bar/café, and a hotel store. Advanced technology of the building includes a distributed antenna system (DAS) for enhanced cellular reception, Samsung smart TVs in every room, fully integrated wireless connectivity with Samsung TVs and smart devices, and a state-of-the-art wireless Internet system with increased bandwidth in all areas of the hotel.
Equity for the project was provided through the Regional Center Management Los Angeles, a USCIS-designated EB-5 regional center managed by American Life. According to CEO Henry Liebman, the forward-thinking EB-5 financing program provides green cards for foreign nationals who invest a minimum of $500,000 for job-creating projects in Targeted Employment Areas, and was financed by 333 immigrant investors from 14 different countries. The project also received a small loan from Washington Capital Management, Seattle, WA.
Upon receiving the Q Award, Mr. Steinhauer said, “These projects cannot be built well or in a timely manner without the skills, professionalism and dedication that your [union] members bring. The Building Trades unions in L.A. have been terrific to work with, and we look forward to our next project with you.” Mr. Steinhauer then provided a fascinating time-lapse video that showed the Marriott construction from bare ground through to its 20-story completion.
AQC Chair, Pam Ackrich said, “We are incredibly proud of not only the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, but all of the selected past recipients. Touring any one of these properties, one can visually experience the quality craftsmanship provided by our union contractors and their craftspeople.”
After the presentation ceremonies, all of the attendees enjoyed a wonderful catered lunch provided by the Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
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