The drivers of more than 250,000 cars passing daily by the highly visible Gateway Development at the intersection of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway have witnessed construction on the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Events Center. The City of McKinney and the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) entered into a development agreement with Champ Hospitality and The Beck Group in 2012 to develop the new $38 million Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Event Center at the site. Money Magazine, which recently chose McKinney for the top spot in its Best Places to Live list, pointed to the center as an impressive new project.
The four-story 186-room hotel and 20,000-square-foot event center is scheduled to open in February 2015. The City of McKinney will pay for the cost of the conference center, which the city will own once it is open.
Sheraton McKinney Hotel will feature the brand’s signature Link@SheratonSM experience with Microsoft® – a relaxed space with complimentary wireless broadband. In addition, the hotel will offer a full-service restaurant, the Sheraton Club Lounge and a fitness facility featuring the health and fitness program Sheraton Fitness® by Core Performance™.
“The availability of meeting space and hotel accommodations for corporate clients, civic organizations and tourists will add to the marketability of our community as not only a great place to live, but a great place to do business as well,” said McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
Crews started with the existing infrastructure and structural framing that was constructed in 2008. More than 480,000 feet of electrical wiring was used in the building and over a million feet of wiring combined for the data and fire alarm. All wiring combined is long enough to stretch from Dallas to San Antonio. To construct the hotel and conference center, crews used more than 175,000 cubic feet of concrete that weighs more than 26 million pounds, and more than 400,000 pounds of structural steel.
Sustainable features of the hotel include:
• 1. Motion sensors in meeting spaces, offices, restrooms automatically turn off lights when they are not in use.
• 2. High performance LED lighting in public spaces and exit signs reduces light power density by 30 percent over standard commercial fixtures.
• 3. Reflective roof mitigates heat island effect further reducing building cooling load.
• 4. Native landscape vegetation reduces water use for irrigation.
• 5. Low-impact building materials were sourced locally and contain recycled content.
Aimbridge Hospitality, the hospitality management company for the property, recently brought Director of Sales Johnny Martinez and General Manager Ryan Miyamoto on board to begin marketing the hotel and event center to potential visitors.