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by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 06, 2016

Work has begun on the 360-room Conrad Washington, D.C., at CityCenterDC, the latter a 10-acre mixed-use complex in the U.S. capital. The hotel is being built by the developers of the complex - Hines, an international real estate firm, and Qatari Diar, the real estate development arm of the Qatar Investment Authority - and will open in the first quarter of 2019.

CityCenterDC, which debuted in 2013, features 191,000 square feet of retail space, more than 600 condos and apartments, offices and public open space. The new project will add 30,000 square feet of retail space to the development.

Lead designers for the Conrad Washington, D.C., are Herzog & de Meuron working with HKS Architects. The hotel's interiors are being designed by Rottet Studio. Chef Bryan Voltaggio, executive chef and owner of several regional eateries, will come up with the concept and menu for the property's signature restaurant. There will be about 15,000 square feet of meeting space; further details of other amenities have yet to be announced.

"We are excited to break ground on the Conrad Washington, D.C., because it means more jobs and opportunities for District residents and businesses," said D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser. "This development is another positive signal of our growing economy and our emergence as a national leader in hospitality and tourism."

Fabien Toscano, CEO of Qatari Diar Americas, said, "Commencement of construction on the Conrad Washington, D.C., is a historic milestone for the CityCenterDC project. With exceptional hotel rooms and exclusive retail elements, this new venture is in keeping with our vision of reflecting local characteristics and influences to create a destination designed to enhance the experience of everyone who stays and visits. We are excited for this next phase of the project as we continue to watch it grow into a world-class development set to become a new landmark in one of the world's most influential cities."