A seven-story hotel under construction on the Corvallis riverfront is nearing completion and should be ready to open its doors sometime in October.

Construction crews are busy with the interior finish work and are putting the final touches on the building’s exterior, according to Vern McDonald, one of the partners in the venture.

“A whole lot needs to come together in the last 60 days,” McDonald said.

Work began in January 2016 on the $24 million project, which occupies the west side of Southwest First Street between Adams and Washington avenues.

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel will have 176 rooms on the upper floors with a 136-space parking garage occupying the second and third stories. The main entrance will be on First Street, with a lobby, meeting spaces and restaurant on the ground floor, as well as an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and business center for guests.

McDonald said the restaurant will be “a bistro concept that is part of the Marriott Courtyard package.”

Hotel industry veteran Josh Messer, who has held management positions at the Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, the Doubletree Inn in Cleveland and the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield, is the general manager of the Corvallis Marriott.

Messer said the new hotel will have between 60 and 75 employees, including desk clerks, housekeepers, laundry attendants, food servers, bartenders and supervisors. People interested in applying can email their resume to jobs@cymcorvallis.com. There will also be a job fair at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2500 SW Western Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8.

A&A Construction and Development of Spokane is the general contractor on the project. The construction company’s owner, Bill Lawson, is the principal owner of the new Marriott, in partnership with McDonald and several other local investors.

Lawson and McDonald also have an interest in other local lodging properties, including the Hilton Garden Inn, the Holiday Inn Express and a Fairfield Inn and Suites planned for Northwest Ninth Street.

The developers had hoped to have the project finished by September to take advantage of the start of fall classes at Oregon State University, but that schedule proved too ambitious.

“That was certainly my goal all along, but the builders were saying all along that November was more realistic,” McDonald said. “The incredibly wet winter we had impacted us more than we would have liked.”

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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