A 195-room Embassy Suites hotel is now a part of the Health Sciences District’s skyline east of downtown as the $25 million development nears an expected completion this fall.
The full-service hotel, designed by LLW Architects of Memphis and being built by Flintco, will include 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant. Construction began on the hotel in July 2013.
The Embassy Suites, 741 N Phillips Ave., is the first modern hotel built in the district in decades.
“We feel that the Embassy Suites will provide a long-missing amenity to the health sciences center,” developer Bob Howard said. “Our neighbors conduct world-class research, give world-class care and impart world-class education. We will provide world-class hospitality.”
The hotel is being built as the area is continuing to undergo rapid transformation. Construction starts next month on the nearby $110 million GE Oil and Gas Global Research Center. Howard noted projects completed since the hotel was first announced in 2007 include expansion of the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, the Stephenson Cancer Center, the new OMRF research tower, the new OU Children’s Hospital, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association headquarters and Toby Keith’s OK Kids Korral (which opened next to the hotel last year).
“Development within the OU Health Sciences Center has flourished,” Howard said. “There are several major projects that have been completed and several more that are currently underway. We are very excited about the overall direction of the area and feel that the Embassy Suites will add to the momentum.”