Carlson and Mortenson, a U.S.- based, privately held construction services company, today announced the start of construction on the USD 137.5 million, 500-room Radisson Blu Hotel that will adjoin Mall of America.
The hotel is expected to open in March 2013. Top leadership from Carlson, Mortenson and Triple Five, owners of Mall of America, were joined by Senator Kenneth Kelash, Hennepin County Commissioner Randy Johnson, Bonnie Carlson, president of the Bloomington Convention & Visitor's Bureau, and other state and city officials for the groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon.
"We are thrilled that we were able to make this project a reality, despite the very difficult financial market conditions of the past several years," said David Mortenson, executive vice president, Mortenson Construction. "This important achievement underscores the strength and experience of the team, and our commitment to getting the job done. Radisson Blu will be a great addition to Mall of America and the Twin Cities."
Designed by project architect ESG, the 13-story Radisson Blu at Mall of America will be the first hotel connected to the mall by skyway and will be situated on the south side between Macy's and Bloomingdale's department stores. The hotel's drive-up entry will be on the ground floor and the lobby will be situated on the mall's second floor. The custom-designed guest rooms will feature three distinctive Radisson room styles, including Mansion House, Naturally Cool and Urban.
"Breaking ground for the Radisson Blu Hotel is a significant milestone for Mall of America as we move forward with the Phase II expansion of the property," said Kurt Hagen, vice president of Triple Five. "We see more than 40 million visitors annually and are excited that we will soon be able to offer a stay in a high-end hotel that will be the first of its kind to connect via skyway directly to Mall of America."
Recreational facilities will include a full-service spa, a fitness facility and an indoor swimming pool. Conference facilities will include more than 22,500 square feet of meeting and event space, encompassing two spacious ballrooms. There will be a Concierge Lounge and floor with upgraded rooms and amenities.
The hotel will feature a FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, a contemporary evolution of the award-winning restaurant concept as at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.