The Atlanta-based architectural and engineering firm of John Portman & Associates has been selected to design a new $135 million, 500-room hotel in Monterrey, Mexico.  Construction is to begin in December 1994.

The hotel, to be called Hotelero Business Monterrey, will be located across from Cintermex, Monterrey’s trade center, and is to be owned and developed by Grupo Las Aguilas, which is headed by Alfredo Estrada, a prominent Monterrey businessman whose family owns radio stations and one of the city’s major newspapers.

Monterrey is the closest major Mexican city to Texas and is growing rapidly as an international commercial center.  The hotel, which will include a business club, an executive business center, meeting rooms, restaurants and other conveniences including a heliport, will be linked to the central business district by a pedestrian plaza.

According to a Portman spokesperson, Monterrey is projected to be one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the world during this decade and the hotel should benefit from the strong demand for hotel rooms created by the activities in the trade center and the nearby amphitheater and park.

Portman has designed major hotels in Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Jinan, China.

For more information about the project, call Danielle Martin at (404) 614-5089 or send a fax to (404) 614-5553.