By IvyLee Rosario
The Hilton Des Moines Downtown has topped off and exterior finishes for the hotel are now visible. A beam signing took place at the construction site to commemorate the occasion, featuring stakeholders Hilton Hotels, The Weitz Co., IEC Hotel Corp., Polk County Board of Supervisors, City of Des Moines, Catch Des Moines and Greater Des Moines Partnership. The hotel is set for full completion in April 2018.
Located at 435 Park St. in Des Moines, Iowa, the 330-key hotel will offer a business center, gift shop, fitness room, a heated indoor pool, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a signature restaurant called Park Street Kitchen, 14,000 square feet of event space, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, tech lounge, 24-hour snack shop, and is connected to the Iowa Events Center and Des Moines Skywalk.
The Weitz Co. made it possible for stakeholders and potential customers to gain previews of the hotel by integrating the 3D design models of architect of record RDG Planning & Design and design architect DLR Group, with its 3D construction model, recreating the building in virtual reality.
The hotel is close to Interstate 235 and is five miles from DSM Airport, in which a free shuttle service is offered. Local attractions include the Iowa State Capitol, Historic East Village, Court Avenue Entertainment District, The Principal Riverwalk and the Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater.
“It’s always a significant milestone when we top out the structure of a project and start diverting manpower inside the building,” said Mike Tousley, executive vice president & general manager of The Weitz Co., in prepared remarks. “It represents the completion of a critical phase of the overall construction and we like to celebrate it with our employees, customers and business partners as often as possible.”
Images courtesy of Hilton Des Moines Downtown