Gulch hotel developer will pursue LEED status

Fairfield Inn & Suites to rise eight floors, feature contemporary design

Vision Hospitality Group will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, construction on which began this week in The Gulch.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED promotes and denotes green-friendly contruction design and materials.

The hotel, to be located on Division Street across from Yazoo Brewing Co., will rise eight stories, contain 126 rooms and suites, and have an attached parking garage. Projected to open in February of 2014, it has been designed to complement the contemporary and slightly industrial feel of The Gulch and will feature rooftop meeting space that will offer panoramic views of the Nashville skyline. The Metro Development and Housing Agency’s design review committee approved the design.

Brentwood-based Biscan Construction will serve as the general contractor for the hotel, which will be The Gulch’s first. Avenue Bank and Renasant Bank are providing financing, with Overcash & Demmitt Architects handling design work.

“Our continued partnership with Marriott reinforces our ongoing strategy to invest in premium brands in growing markets,” Mitch Patel, president and chief executive officer of Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality, said in a release. “We look forward to becoming a part of this growing neighborhood.”

Vision Hospitality’s local portfolio includes the Hyatt Place Nashville Airport and the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin/Cool Springs. In addition to the Fairfield Inn & Suites, the company has a Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott in Murfreesboro under development.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites is one of six Marriot-branded hotels either in operation or development in Tennessee for Vision Hospitality.