Sundt Construction, Inc. broke ground Monday on the Canopy Hotel by Hilton Tempe Downtown, University Area.

The hotel project includes a 14-story hotel tower and three-level parking garage. The hotel will boast 198 guest rooms, 3,000 square feet of conference and meeting spaces, a lobby restaurant and a rooftop bar and pool. The project is located adjacent to Union Tempe, along the northeast corner of University Drive and Myrtle Avenue in Tempe.

“We’re excited to be underway on the final piece of this already successful mixed-use development on University Drive,” said Chandra Reilly, Project Executive for the company’s Building Group, Southwest District.  “This is the second Canopy by Hilton we’ve been selected to build and we continue to be excited about the brand. It’s a challenging site and a busy market, but we have had great partners in the City of Tempe, Hilton, our design partners and the whole Driftwood team.”

The groundbreaking celebration included representatives from Driftwood Acquisitions & Development, Sundt and Allen + Philp Partners, the architect and interior designer for the project. The hotel is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and open to the public in 2020.

Sundt is also building the Canopy Hotel by Hilton Downtown San Antonio along the Riverwalk, which is expected to be completed in 2019.