Omni Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on a new hotel in the heart of downtown Tempe on the Arizona State University (ASU) campus in the US.

The new 16-storey Omni Tempe Hotel at ASU will comprise 330 guest rooms including 11 suites as well as nearly 36,000 ft2 of meeting space.

C+TC Design Studio has been selected as the project architect, with Brasfield & Gorrie serving as the general contractor.

Monogram at BBGM is in charge of interior design.

This project is a $125m investment and part of a public-private partnership with ASU and the City of Tempe.

ASU executive vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer Morgan R. Olsen said: “Omni Tempe Hotel at ASU will provide a world-class venue for visitors, and from our perspective, for convening scholars and experts on a wide range of topics that will enrich university and community life.”

“We are very pleased to reach this milestone, and we are confident that Omni will deliver a great experience to the many visitors drawn to ASU and downtown Tempe, and serve as a great complement to our cultural and educational assets, shopping, and entertainment venues, and thriving businesses.”

Expected to open in 2023, the property will also feature four dining outlets, a spacious pool deck, retail space, a fitness centre.

It will comprise four meeting rooms, one board room, two ballrooms and an event lawn, for both indoor and outdoor events.

The grand ballroom, covering an area of over 15,000 ft2, is said to be the largest, continuous ballroom in Tempe.

This ballroom will have high ceilings and a neutral color palette.

The hotel’s design will highlight Tempe’s local and cultural landscape, incorporating concrete, leather, metal, and natural materials.