Two US builders, Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building, have broken ground on the 1.8m sq ft Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Centre on the San Diego waterfront.
The project is being carried out by the RIDA Development Corporation, with hospitality company Marriott International managing the assets.
Designed by HKS Architects, the resort will contain 1,600 rooms, nine restaurants, a two-level sports bar and pool.
The 275,000 sq ft convention centre will house an open-floor exhibition hall with meeting rooms, three ballrooms and large event areas.
An atrium will have water features, a translucent polymer roof and glass walls with folding doors that offer views of the bay.
A 4.25-acre water park will contain waterslides, wave pool, surf simulator, giant water playground and multiple pools.
Maja Rosenquist, Mortenson Construction’s senior vice president, said: “We know Gaylord Pacific is a project with the power to transform the community. It’s not just a resort. It’s an opportunity for new jobs and future economic development to take place and ultimately for Chula Vista to be on the forefront of growth in the region.”
Ira Mitzner, RIDA Development Corporation’s chief executive, said: “This $1.3bn project represents the finest of public–private partnership and will create a strong and unique economic engine for the City of Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the State of California for many decades to come.”
About 3,480 jobs will be created annually during the construction phase, with 3,900 permanent jobs added once the buildings are operational.
The Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Centre is due to open summer 2025.