The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games acted as a catalyst for projects in infrastructure, the environment, sports facilities and hospitality. Among the new hospitality projects is Marriott International’s first dual-branded property in Brazil, the Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn by Marriott in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.
A relatively new suburb, Barra da Tijuca has scenic mountain vistas and the city’s longest stretch of beach. Of the city’s four main districts that hosted a part of the Games, Barra was the home of the athletes’ village, Olympic Park and Olympic golf course, and saw the most development, with construction of several hotels, and leisure and retail outlets lining the revamped beachfront.
Among the new hospitality projects is Marriott International’s first dual-branded property in Brazil...
The 21-story Courtyard-Residence Inn is the only hotel located within the 2016 Olympic Park footprint, and guests can enjoy views overlooking the park’s grounds and lagoon. The property comprises two buildings in one, with the Courtyard on one side and the Residence Inn on the other, joined by "back of house" and public spaces.
We began working on the new hotel in 2013, providing owner’s representation and project management services. It was important to get every detail of the construction and dual branding operations just right, in anticipation of a fully-occupied first two months’ trading. The nonnegotiable Olympics deadline brought extra pressures, with the 404-room hotel accommodating international media covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games, alongside VIP guests.
The Rio Olympics heralded a construction boom, and all projects competed for a skilled work force, which wasn’t always available locally in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, given the proximity to Olympic venues, the project team had to plan and manage security/access control constraints, which could have impacted supply of material and personnel access into the work site. However, the project was successfully delivered on schedule, ready for Rio 2016.