$100 million San Diego Marriott waterfront project gets key commission approval

November 28, 2012 |
Drew Ballensky

A scaled-down plan for a renovation and expansion of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina received approval from the California Coastal Commission. The $100 million waterfront project will consist of a new three-level, 35,000 sf ballroom and 35,000 sf exhibit hall. The plan is about 14,000 sf smaller than what was originally proposed, a change forced by concerns raised about it encroaching too much into the walkway between it and the neighboring Manchester Grand Hyatt, which would block water views. The new 68-foot tall Marriott Hall will offer roughly triple the meeting space of the existing structure, which will be torn down.

The 1,362-room Marriott recently underwent another $100 million makeover that included renovation of its guest rooms, a redo of the lobby and front entrance, and an overhaul of the pool area, which included two new waterfalls, pool bar and restaurant, and new lighting and sound system.

(http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/16/100-million-marriott-renovation-okd/)

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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