September 14, 2016
By Will Anderson
A 33-foot, $6 million aerial walkway surrounded by foliage will connect the forthcoming Fairmont Austin hotel and the Austin Convention Center as part of a partnership between the hotel and a nature conservancy.
Manchester Texas Financial Group LLP, the Fairmont’s developer, plans to show off the design at a Wednesday luncheon of the Real Estate Council of Austin. Manchester Texas Financial Group is owned by San Diego-based Manchester Financial Group, a commercial real estate developer with more than 3,000 employees nationally.
Work recently began on the walkway and completion is estimated in May 2017.
Manchester Texas consulted with the Waller Creek Conservancy on the unique sky bridge, which was designed by New York-based Thomas Phifer and Partners. Along with Thomas Phifer and Partners, Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates Inc. is also designing Waller Creek Conservancy’s revitalization of the 37-acre urban park with Austin-based Dwg as landscape architect and BIG RED DOG Engineering as civil engineer.
The $370 million Fairmont Austin is planned to have 1,048 rooms and 130,000-plus square feet of meeting, convention and outdoor space. All that would make it Austin’s largest hotel when it opens in summer 2017.