Construction has topped out for the U-shaped five-story Element Hotel by Marriott, confirmed by a recent site visit to the property at 1130 Champions Drive in Newhall, San Jose. The new building will span 115,000 square feet, producing 175 guest rooms immediately opposite the San Jose Earthquakes soccer stadium and the city’s international airport. The project, led by Nexus Development, is part of a much larger mixed-use plan, the Coleman Highline.
During phase one of construction, Coleman Highline will create 1.4 million square feet of built area with 715,700 square feet of commercial office space, 36,890 square feet for retail, 530,000 square feet of parking, the 115,000 square foot hotel documented here, landscaping, and associated improvement.
The project fits into the FMC/Coleman Avenue Planned Development Rezoning, certified by the city in 2003. The full plan for Coleman Highline is to produce 1.5 million square feet of offices, 53,000 square feet of amenities, 1,600 apartments, and parking for 4,835 vehicles within walking distance from the Santa Clara Caltrain station. The masterplan is designed by Gensler.
The 60-foot structure at 1130 Champions Drive offers 175 guest rooms along with a series of amenities. In their project description, the contractor Huff Construction Co. writes, “The Element Hotel brand has redefined the longer-stay experience with an outdoor-inspired design philosophy that is clean, modern, and bright.” This includes the open-air pool connected with a lounge area. Residents will also have access to a fitness center, meeting room, bar, and bicycles to borrow. The hotel will be a participant in the Marriott International brand and Marriott Bonvoy Program.
HKS Architects is responsible for the hotel’s design, with Perry Burr & Associates designing the landscape architecture. Their contemporary design has the hotel clad with black and white metal panels with bronze-tone highlights. The firm is aiming to receive LEED Gold Certification.
An estimated completion date is not currently known. Building permits estimate the job will cost $33 million.