The Main - Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

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Location: Norfolk, VA
Market: Mixed-Use
Owner Type: Commercial
Other Tags: LEED
Tall Buildings (8+ stories)
The Main Norfolk was recognized by Engineering News Record MidAtlantic as a Best Project in the Residential/Hospitality category and 2017 Best Recreation/Entertainment Project Award of Excellence from Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate, and 2017 Engineer's Club of Hampton Roads Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.

Served as Structural Engineer of Record and Agent 1 Special Inspector for the new Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Norfolk, a high-rise 23-story complex with 300 luxury hotel rooms, 50,000 square feet of conference space, retail space, and a 600-space parking garage. Cooper Carry, the architectural firm, designed the facility similar to Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The project’s goal was to be able to compete with Richmond, Raleigh and Atlanta to attract conferences to Norfolk. Designed to achieve LEED certification, the $126 million project features a $19.5 million parking garage. 

The hotel's atrium features a 120-foot-tall, 100-foot-wide façade made of point-supported glass inspired by the Time Warner Building in New York City. The Grand Ballroom is 18,500 square feet, the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Exchange, the city-owned conference center, has 12,000 square feet of pre-function and exhibit space. A 90 seat tiered meeting room with technology support at each seat for personal laptops and a multi-media “think tank” room has also been incorporated to handle business functions. The hotel also features three world-class restaurants and a 10,000 square foot rooftop lounge with an amazing view of the Elizabeth River. This public space passes through to the Selden Arcade and includes two escalators that lead up to the hotel’s lobby. Design elements incorporate Norfolk’s military heritage and nautical lifestyle. Developed by Gold Key/PHR Resorts.

The Main Norfolk 

Architect: Cooper Carry 
General Contractor: W.M. Jordan