The tourism area nearSeaWorld is getting ready for sister hotels, with contractors chosen and subcontractors being sought as the project waits for completion of permitting through Orange County and the South Florida Water Management District.
The $70 million project involves building a TownePlace Suites by Marriott and a Holiday InnExpress, with EMJ Corp. of Chattanooga, Tenn., the general contractor.
The Marriott will be six stories, have 188 units and 131,270 square feet. The Holiday Inn will also be six stories, have 181 units and 107,005 square feet.
The hotels will sit on 7.15 acres on the northeast corner of International Drive and Central Florida Parkway, behind Panera Bread.
Construction is expected to begin as early as this summer and last about 15 months.
Completed plans call for the construction of a dual brand hotel complex and associated site work. Bidders are invited to bid on both buildings though there are no guarantees that contract awarded for one will apply to the other project, bidding documents state.
Work being subcontracted includes site work, masonry, carpentry, metal framing, finishes, commercial laundry equipment, pools and spas, elevators, ductwork, sprinklers, HVAC, lighting, wiring and cables.
The hotels have plenty of competition. There are over 70 lodging sites in the SeaWorld area, according to Expedia.com. That's out of the 450 hotels in the Orlando area.