Location: Houston, TX USA
Stainless Steel Used: Over 200,000 lbs. (90,718 kilos)
Infinity Edge Length: 77 ft. (23.5 m)
Lazy River Length: 550 ft. (168 m)
Grand Opening: October 2016
Downtown Houston is bustling with builds, from new skyscrapers to much-needed residential units. None, however, can boast any features quite like the rooftop lazy river and infinity edge pool, terrace and water features coming to the Marriott Marquis Houston.
The new 1,000 room Marriott Hotel, just west of the George R. Brown Convention Center near Discovery Green will have over 100,000 square feet (9,290 square meters) of meeting space, including the largest ballroom in Houston. It will provide an excellence space for conferences and retreats, as well as relaxation for any Marriott visitors. The swanky terrace also will include a separate pavilion, infinity pool and plenty of lush greenery, providing the outdoor space a swanky vibe.
Other amenities of the hotel include a sky bridge connecting to the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center. A Texas-shaped lazy river, an infinity edge rooftop swimming pool, terrace and much more are being built in downtown Houston as part of the convention center update. Natare Corporation has been selected to provide the stainless steel specialty pools and spa located on the rooftop of the hotel. The specialty swimming pools will be the crowning jewel on this $335-million-dollar project designed by Morris Architects of Houston.
Texas-Shaped Lazy River
The 550-foot (168 meters) long “lazy river” in the shape of Texas.Water jets will propel swimmers around on inflatable tubes. When swimmers are quickly approaching the western tip of the Texas map (where El Paso is located), they will be thrilled to see a clear, acrylic wall overlooking the roof’s edge before water jets shoot them southeast along the path of the Rio Grande.
The pools will be water-tested for a leak proof finish to withstand decades or use before it leaves the Indianapolis building and is transported to Texas. A large crane will lift the 200,000-pounds (90,716 Kilo) of stainless steel pool in pieces, lifted to sky and lowered and setting it into place on the rooftop of this big Texas hotel.