In Press Release

SAN DIEGO (April 7, 2016) ““ Lankford Phelps Portman announced today the opening of two Marriott hotels, a 253-room SpringHill Suites and 147-room Residence Inn, in a dual-branded development located in a key part of the Port of San Diego’s North Embarcadero waterfront revitalization project. The hotels sit atop more than 400 parking spaces and 27,000 square feet of waterfront restaurants, shops and other boutique retail spaces.

The developers conceived of the redevelopment of the former Lane Field site as a campus of hotel brands at different price points and room types along with supporting restaurants and other amenities to create a new waterfront destination.

John Portman & Associates (JP&A) brought the vision to life by creating an integrated guest experience for both hotel brands within a shared footprint. The hotels are located at the intersection of Broadway and Pacific Highway, BRIC a premium location on the Downtown San Diego waterfront, with easy access to the U.S.S. Midway Museum, Little Italy, historic Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, San Diego Zoo the Convention Center, and the San Diego International Airport. The hotel’s cutting-edge design, spectacular bay and city skyline views, terrace level outdoor swimming pool and bayfront patio area, combined breakfast room and state-of-the-art fitness center offer shared and unique amenities to each hotel’s guests.

“Phase one of BRIC is the outcome of a truly collaborative process between our development partnership, the Coastal Commission, the Port of San Diego, the City of San Diego and its citizens through numerous public meetings,” said Ambrish Baisiwala, CEO of Portman Holdings. “This select service hotel is unlike anything that has been constructed on San Diego’s waterfront in recent history, and we’re excited to now share it with San Diego residents and visitors alike.”

“Urbanistically, BRIC phase one continues the process of reconnecting the waterfront to the city through the new Bayfront Court, (C Street) view corridor connection and the creation of Lane Field Park,” said Gordon Beckman, Design Director for JP&A. “Inspired architecturally by the graphic nature of the signal flags on the USS Midway, the design links to the maritime tradition of San Diego. This project is about location ““ optimizing the unique qualities of the city and the site, and celebrating the San Diego waterfront.”

Lankford Phelps Portman, a partnership among Lankford & Associates, Phelps Development and Portman Holdings, have been pursuing this development for several years. They are now in predevelopment on the second phase of BRIC, immediately adjacent. John Portman & Associates is also responsible for the design of this second phase.


About the SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

Featuring suites that are larger than typical hotel rooms, the SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront is ideal for business and leisure travelers looking for style and inspiration in their stay. Every aspect, from furniture and lighting to colors and fabrics, has been carefully selected to offer calm and refreshing spaces. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces also provide guests with flexibility and functionality. The perfect place to sink into a good night’s sleep, the hotel offers luxurious linens and plush pillows, while a comfortable pullout sofa bed and lounge chair offer additional space for relaxation or extra family members. The hotel’s tasteful bathroom includes modern touches, a marble-top vanity, iridescent tile walls and creative lighting features, which help travelers revive and refresh.


About the Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayfront

The Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayfront offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel’s plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite’s large, well-lit work desk and ergonomic chair. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances. Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the hotel offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel’s grocery delivery service, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room.


About Portman Holdings

Throughout the past 60 years, Portman Holdings has developed over 50 million square feet of premium real estate around the world with a focus on hospitality, office and mixed-use properties. The vertically integrated real estate development, investment and management company commands a successful global network and has a proven track record with the world’s top financial institutions. Portman Holdings continues to achieve success through investor, partner and client relationships that deliver exceptional real estate projects. For additional information, visit and follow the company on Twitter via @PortmanRE.


About Hensel Phelps

HENSEL PHELPS Plan. Build. Manage. From planning and design to construction and facility management, Hensel Phelps works to solve their clients’ challenges from start to finish, and beyond. Hensel Phelps clients, both domestic and international, have entrusted them with a tremendous range of landmark projects, in nearly every market sector.  Established in 1937, the employee-owned company delivers value through their People, Processes, Partnership and Technology, collectively recognized as The HENSEL PHELPS Way. Visit and follow the company on Twitter via @HenselPhelps


About John Portman & Associates

John Portman & Associates (JPA) is an internationally renowned architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai. Established in 1953, JPA has over 60 years of expertise in designing hotels, offices, residences, and mixed-use urban complexes. JPA projects can be seen in more than 60 cities worldwide. The firm’s architecture transcends national borders by striving for universal human appeal, delivering a memorable experience for users and a sound investment for owners and operators.  For more information on John Portman & Associates, visit and follow the company on Twitter via @JPortmanAssoc.


Lankford & Associates, LLC, ( was founded in 1982 to acquire, develop, and manage commercial property in Southern California. Headquartered in San Diego, Lankford & Associates has completed more than 12.2 million square feet of development at a total value of $2.3 billion. The company is experienced in developing large-scale commercial real estate projects, including Class A office buildings, government facilities, biotechnological and medical facilities and mixed-use residential projects. It is currently involved in the redevelopment of a five-block area in San Diego’s East Village known as Makers Quarterâ„¢, the Lane Field Hotel Projects in Downtown San Diego and in the new Sharp medical facility in Rancho Bernardo in North San Diego County.


About the Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego is a unified district encompassing five member cities surrounding San Diego Bay. A public agency, the Port is charged by the State of California with developing the tidelands and commercial business as steward of the public-trust tidelands along 34 miles of San Diego Bay. We share the waterfront with the Navy, which oversees 17 miles of San Diego Bay.

We operate under the Public Trust Doctrine, which specifies that these waterways and waterfronts are primarily reserved for water-dependent uses such as fishing, cargo activity, bay tours and recreational access such as hotels and restaurants; as well as environmental and natural-habitat preservation.

We have guided the development of this prime waterfront property with a carefully selected portfolio of world-class commercial real estate, maritime and public uses. Our 17 hotels, 25 marinas, numerous restaurants, tours and museum attractions operate side-by-side with a working waterfront of boatyards, sportfishing landings and marine cargo terminals. We also operate 22 public parks as amenities that attract visitors and enhance the value of our waterfront.