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Tucson Hotel and Convention Center (2010, DLR Group, Unbuilt)

The project consists of a new hotel and amenities, the convention center exhibit hall expansion, new meeting rooms, and a new 1,060-car parking garage. The full-service, 525 room Sheraton Hotel will feature 50,000 SF of function and meeting space, including a 19,000 SF Grand Ballroom. A generous outdoor pool and deck space and a premiere roof-top lounge with sunset views of the adjacent mountains and Tucson skyline are planned. Other amenities include a full service spa and fitness center for guests and visitors. A central courtyard provides relief space between the hotel tower and the meeting facilities while functioning as outdoor dining and event space.

The convention center expansion consists of 35,000 SF of additional exhibit hall space, 25,000 SF of new, city-managed meeting space, and a new east entrance.  The project will be designed sustainably, with a focus on minimizing energy usage, maximizing durability, and utilization of both local and recycled materials. 

We strive to create a ‘sense of place’, for visitors, residents and the passers-by. Our design concept is grounded in nature; rock, water, and light…which are unique in Tucson. It is the springboard for our design. We have designed a project which speaks to the balance of nature; rock, water and light…sensitively and in a heroic way. As such, what we have created is a landmark which is authentic to the Tucson desert, culture, and city. The tower is an interpretation of rock, water and light. The south façade is the rock, with warm colors and the variegated appearance of strata. The north façade is crystalline, a gem emerging from the rock.