New hotels will add rooms for business, sports travelers

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PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Two hotels underway in Beaverton will house business travelers and sports participants and families at the nearby Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex.

Officials, business leaders and the hotel developer celebrated the start of the Cornell Oaks hotels at a ceremony Tuesday, April 23. Ground has already been broken at the site, bounded by Northwest 158th Avenue, Blueridge Drive and Greenbrier Parkway.

A 107-room Element by Westin is planned for extended stays, particularly for participants and guests at the 92-acre Terpenning Recreation Complex directly to the south. A 117-room AC Hotels by Marriott will house travelers doing business with Nike, Tektronix, Intel, Columbia Sportswear and others.

Both buildings will be four stories. They will include space for future restaurants that will be operated separately.

“We made sure we have rooms for families as well as those who come for business in midweek,” said Steve Martodam, chief executive of Brandt Hospitality Group, which won city approval for the hotels last year.

It is the first Oregon project for the company, which has several hotels at its home base of Fargo, N.D., and has projects underway in Colorado, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. It also built Holiday Inn and Suites at Atlanta Airport-North, and two hotels in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We look for communities we want to grow with — and Beaverton is one of those we want to be part of,” Martodam said. “We want to bring people to Beaverton and have them feel they do not have to leave to have a great experience. They can have it all right here.”

Lorraine Clarno, president and chief executive of the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, said the new hotels — scheduled for completion in 2020 — will fill a gap.

“It was kind of embarrassing when a few years back, we had to put up some of our athletes and families in other communities,” she said. “So this is an exciting time.”

The Terpenning complex was described as the crown jewel of the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District, which serves Beaverton and unincorporated communities.

Board President Ali Kavianian said the complex draws 650,000 visitors annually for a range of events, including the All Ability Try4Youth, a triathlon for those ages 8 through 26, scheduled Aug. 10 with FACT Oregon.

“With our complex being right there, there is a lot of traffic and a lot of people who come visit us,” Kavianian said. “It is exciting to know that our athletes and their families will have these new hotels to stay in when they come visit our complex.”

The 2016 Davis Cup quarterfinal between the United States and Croatia took place at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Stadium, which is part of the complex.

Beaverton is experiencing a surge in hotel development. Towneplace Suites by Marriott opened its 112 rooms near Highway 217 and Southwest Canyon Road in November. Ground is expected to be broken later this year for a five-story, 121-room Hyatt House on Southwest Crescent Street in central Beaverton, near the proposed Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.

“Hundreds of new guest rooms will welcome thousands of new visitors and their guests to experience Beaverton for work, pleasure, sport, a new arts center, and much, much more,” Mayor Denny Doyle said at the Cornell Oaks ceremony.

“I’m really proud of the vibrancy and economic diversity that is thriving in Beaverton. Our city is becoming a hub for new industry, new restaurants, new stores — and of course, new hotels — all with their unique style and appeal.”

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