Atlanta’s largest hotel in years is going vertical downtown.

Urbanize Atlanta reported recently that the world’s first from-the-ground-up Signia by Hilton hotel is starting to rise in the Georgia capital city, next door to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

After breaking ground in April 2021, the long-planned major hotel concept is visibly under construction, with two cranes erected over the site off Northside Drive and initial floors coming out of the ground. Its building was commissioned by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA).

A joint venture between Skanska and Atlanta-based SG Contracting is erecting the new hotel.

The Gensler-designed project was on track to launch in late spring 2020, just after Atlanta’s planned NCAA Final Four basketball crowds were to have cleared out of town, but the pandemic lockdowns and economic chaos scuttled both the college basketball tournament and the construction plans.

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